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Bartolo Colon suspended 50 games for testosterone

Aug 22, 2012, 1:25 PM EDT

Oakland Athletics' Colon returns to dugout during their MLB baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Oakland

Melky Cabrera has company.

MLB just announced that A’s right-hander and former Cy Young winner Bartolo Colon has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for testosterone.

Last week Cabrera was suspended for 50 games following a positive test for testosterone in the middle of a career-best season in which he hit .346 with a .906 OPS and won All-Star game MVP honors.

Colon hasn’t had quite that type of impact, but he’s been plenty solid for Oakland on a one-year, $2 million contract with a 3.43 ERA and 91/23 K/BB ratio in 152 innings spread over 24 starts. And now at age 39 it’s safe to wonder if he’s thrown his last pitch in the big leagues.

MLB previously investigated the stem-cell treatment that Colon received two years ago for his elbow in an effort to make it back to the majors after not pitching at all in 2010. He was successful in his comeback and MLB cleared him of any potential performance enhancing-drug violations.

It’s a tough blow for the A’s in the AL West and Wild Card races, but with Brett Anderson looking good in his return from Tommy John surgery last night and Dan Straily waiting in the wings at Triple-A their rotation depth is strong.

UPDATE: Colon won’t be appealing and admitted his guilt via an official statement: “I apologize to the fans, to my teammates and to the Oakland A’s. I accept responsibility for my actions.”

110 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. chill1184 - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Anyone want to place any bets on who’s the next player to fail a drug test?

    • thefalcon123 - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:48 PM

      Michael Young!

      He will test positive for reverse-steroids.

    • bigleagues - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:49 PM

      I’ve been saying it for months: Carlos Ruiz

    • jmp527 - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:54 PM

      Albert Pujols will fail when he gets back on the juice after dropping what it looks to be about 25 pounds. Oh, and have you seen his numbers this year? Not so Albert-like

      • thefalcon123 - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:07 PM

        2010: .299/.366/.541
        2011: .280/.342/.529

        What an insane drop!! Someone call George Mitchell!

        They look like the numbers of a star who is now in his 30s and showing a decline in his skills.

      • paperlions - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:09 PM

        Actually, his numbers (minus the first month) are exactly what you would expect a 32 yr old player…..he’s in his steady decline phase.

    • bigleagues - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:55 PM

      Busy Message: BigLeagues will be Away as he actively monitors Victor Conte’s Twitter feed.

    • deadeyedesign23 - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:17 PM

      Jose Bautista but anyone with 2 eyes and a brain can tell that.

      • hammyofdoom - Aug 22, 2012 at 3:33 PM

        The guy gets tested dozens of times a year since that huge outburst of his. I wouldnt be HORRIBLY shocked, but the fact he hasnt been proven guilty yet is pretty strong in his favor

      • deadeyedesign23 - Aug 22, 2012 at 3:45 PM

        He gets tested 3 times a year not dozens and prior to this one Colone passed all those tests as well.

    • mattyflex - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:19 PM

      I called Josh Reddick a few weeks ago. I still believe strongly in that assumption.

      • hammyofdoom - Aug 22, 2012 at 3:35 PM

        Na, I dont think Josh Reddick. The guy always had 30 home run power in the Sox system, he just figured to be too strike out prone and not patient enough to take walks. I think of him like a Jeff Francour, he’ll have a great year or two then the league will figure him out. Hell, his OBP isn’t even .320 now and his batting average is below .250

      • mattyflex - Aug 22, 2012 at 4:34 PM

        Fair enough. I didn’t follow him closely in Boston, I just know his slugging percentage has jumped over 160 points in two years, his HR rate is up, and he looks huge. I guess I should just lay off since I don’t follow him enough to make an educated observation, and was merely looking at a phsyical appearance and one statistic. You win that one.

    • El Bravo - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:21 PM

      Edwin Encanarcion. This is a guarantee, not a guess.

    • 18thstreet - Aug 22, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      I’d like to guess which of the players in a witch or a communist.

      I say it’s Mark Teixeira on both counts, because this isn’t slanderous. Not at all.

  2. funkygoorilla - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Ryan Braun!

    • johngaltx - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:45 PM

      Braun got off because they guy holding his jars of MVPee took them home with him, not because he passed the test. There must be a ton of sweating going on right now throughout the MLB locker rooms as they start picking off the low hanging fruit.

    • esracerx46 - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:50 PM

      Nah, he’s already done that. My vote’s for David Ortiz.

      • theskinsman - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:57 PM

        I vote for Minne Mantlez…oh, wait, he has to take estrogen,they must not test for that. I believe most players take something,and slip up once in a while and get busted. At least Colon was man enough to admit it,not blame his cousin, or cook up a fake website.

  3. Jason @ IIATMS - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    so sure seems there was more to BFB’s blood spinning/stem cell/whatever injections before his reemergence last year. Or perhaps, there’s a run of something funny in the Bay Area these days.

    • cpinct - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:54 PM

      There are a lot of funny things in the Bay area, but from what I have seen regarding sexual preference, I don’t think it is testosterone.

  4. seitz26 - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    He must have taken one of those pills that Melky was selling on the internet.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:58 PM

      Any news yet about Colon’s web site?

      • Gobias Industries - Aug 22, 2012 at 3:46 PM

        Good question. I want to google “colon web site” but I’m a little afraid what might come up.

  5. jbatta44 - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    someone must have spiked the buffet food with testosterone

    • Jeremy Fox - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:38 PM

      Yep, you’d think Colon getting busted would stop people saying “He must be doing PEDs–just look at how muscular he is!” once and for all.

      • bravesfaninbama - Aug 22, 2012 at 3:18 PM

        And, in the same way, Juan Pierre (on steroids) wouldn’t turn into Barry Bonds.

        This goes right along with people saying, “Steroids don’t help you hit home runs. If so, Freddy Galvis would have turned into a power hitter.” It’s just a dumb argument. If you give a fringe Major Leaguer steroids, it could help him get to/stay in The Show. If you give a future Hall of Famer (like Bonds was pre-PED) steroids, it can make him into potentially the greatest hitter of all-time.

        No, steroids don’t help you hit the ball, but they undeniably give you extra strength, meaning that more fly balls turn into home runs and more ground balls and line drives have a little extra umph to make it to the holes before the fielders have time to react.

      • Jeremy Fox - Aug 22, 2012 at 3:29 PM

        Um, did you mean to reply to my comment? Because I didn’t say anything about whether or not drugs enhance performance, much less how they do so or by how much. All I said was it’s silly to try to tell just by looking at someone’s build whether or not they’re using drugs to try to enhance their performance. As illustrated by the fact that Colon is both a testosterone user and fat.

        I look forward to a reply that actually has something to do with what I said.

  6. bigjimatch - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Another Yankee/ex-yankee. I think it is now safe to infer that everyone who has ever played for the yankees used steriods.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      Yup, according to this list*, the Yanks have had three players get cause using PEDs while on the team, and two former teammates have been caught as well (Cabrera and Grimsley). So if the level is 5 players caught to consider all other teammates dirty, the following teams also need the same inference:

      Rockies (6)
      Mets (5)
      Phillies (5)
      Giants (7)
      Mariners (7)
      Rangers (5)

      And those are just teams who had active players caught. Why didn’t you bring up all those other teams?

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:44 PM

        Oops, forgot the link

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Major_League_Baseball_players_suspended_for_performance-enhancing_drugs

      • Reflex - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:47 PM

        Um, wow, if PED’s really enhance performance, how the hell do you explain the Mariner’s? ;)

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:03 PM

        Umm….you kind of forgot Bartolo Colon. Who the article is about.

        And also more than a couple involved in the Mitchell Report, including major offenders like Clemens, Giambi and Rodriguez….in fact, 20 players just from 96-00 were named in the report.

        Plus, oh you know….Brian McNamee their strength coach?

        Any of that factor in at all?

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:12 PM

        And also more than a couple involved in the Mitchell Report, including major offenders like Clemens, Giambi and Rodriguez….in fact, 20 players just from 96-00 were named in the report.

        Nope, because the entire Mitchell Report was based off essentially two guys, McNamee and Radomski, and players were named based off those two guys word with no evidence. Also, steroids weren’t against the rules of baseball then either, so no they don’t count.

        And yes I missed Colon, apologies.

      • CJ - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:13 PM

        Yes, because all the Phillies know that to become better hitters they should all be taking advice from Freddy freaking Galvis since a) Galivs was killing the ball before he got caught, and 2) it’s a well known fact that PEDs help you hit the ball more frequently and/or further.

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:16 PM

        The statement you replied to said they used steroids.

        It said nothing about the legality (within the game) of them.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:25 PM

        The statement you replied to said they used steroids.

        It said nothing about the legality (within the game) of them.

        Because accusation of use != actual use, so the only way we know for sure that people used is if they are caught, or they admit to use. Regardless, use of a legal substance (within the rules of baseball) has no future prediction on the use of an illegal substance.

      • stex52 - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:27 PM

        I think you are getting trolled.

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:30 PM

        You know as well as everyone else that steroids are not a “legal substance”. They are illegal by law and thus WERE illegal in the game since 1991.

        And again, their TRAINER admitted to not only using but ADMINISTERING them.

        But I understand it’s easier for you to try and discount the Mitchell report and homer up….but I mean come on, that guy did way more work than you.

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:32 PM

        And you also forget Alex Rodriguez who isn’t on your list because he wasn’t caught….however….

        He ADMITTED to it.

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:33 PM

        Oh, and Andy Pettite also ADMITTED it.

        Ok, so between the 5 you give us, + Colon, Pettite and A-Rod you’re now leading the league just by YOUR standards.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:46 PM

        They are illegal by law and thus WERE illegal in the game since 1991.

        http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/its-a-trap

        And then every single player from the 60s and 70s were taking illegal substances right, because Amphetamines have been a Schedule II drug. Also, DUIs/DWIs are illegal, where’s the punishment from MLB for that?

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:59 PM

        Come on man…..
        COMMISSIONER FAY VINCENT’S JUNE 7, 1991, MEMO

        Each team and the players’ union received the memo, which begins, “This memorandum sets forth Baseball’s drug policy.” The memo goes on to say, “The possession, sale or use of any illegal drug or controlled substance by Major League players or personnel is strictly prohibited…. This prohibition applies to all illegal drugs … including steroids or prescription drugs for which the individual in possession of the drug does not have a prescription.”

        If you want to respond at least know what I’M talking about before you respond and further show that you DON’T know what YOU’RE talking about.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 22, 2012 at 3:44 PM

        Except the commissioner can’t just make up rules like that without the players getting involved, as the game is subject to a CBA. It’s why it took so long for MLB to actually get drug testing approved, because anything they wanted to do the players had to agree to it.

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 22, 2012 at 4:23 PM

        Except, of course….players could be suspended over the use of ILLEGAL drugs.

        Just ask Fergie Jenkins and Steve Howe.

    • wphood - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      Riiiiight…including the Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Roy White, Joe DiMaggio, and Yogi Berra, among so many others. You DID say everyone, didn’t you?

      • wphood - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:50 PM

        And using the info on church’s link, of 66 players cited 29 were from the United States.

        That’s almost 50% – gosh, using bigjimatch’s *amazing* powers of inference, that would mean it’s safe to infer that everyone who has been a US citizen – or visited the U.S., for that matter – has used steroids!

        They’re everywhere!

    • Jason @ IIATMS - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:53 PM

      Also, because Oakland has always been a safe haven from the PED generation, right?

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:17 PM

      You are good at research like Melky is good at e-commerce.

  7. lucassteele - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Testosterone? From tainted Whoppers and Big Mac’s?

    • Gamera the Brave - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:37 PM

      lucas,
      Everybody knows that it’s the testosterone that makes fast-food burgers so yummy…

      • lucassteele - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:43 PM

        I will give you that one…

  8. drewsylvania - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    This pleases me. He’s always been a @#$#^%$.

    • Gamera the Brave - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:55 PM

      drew,
      Need your help here.
      Since you so completely obfuscated your insult by symbol-izing the whole word, I don’t know which word you mean, so I can’t tell what you think he has always been:
      M*therf*cker
      @sshole
      D!ckweed
      buttsn!ffer
      Che@ter
      So many obscenities, so little time…

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:00 PM

        cupcake?

      • Gamera the Brave - Aug 22, 2012 at 3:03 PM

        drew,
        church is going with cupc@ke, I am going with M0th3rfvcker – what’s the verdict?

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 22, 2012 at 3:28 PM

      Drew:
      My guess is……………peni$ wrinkle.

    • cur68 - Aug 22, 2012 at 5:55 PM

      I got a toonie (which is 2 bucks Canadian: about 6 zillion American) down on “pubic hair”.

  9. seannyz89 - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    I guess people might wanna listen to Victor Conte when he says that its still around. Everyone laughed at Canseco when he said all these players were doing it and he was right!

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:55 PM

      Since ’04 when testing was implemented, only 82 individuals have been caught with PEDs. Now it’s entirely possible that Conte is correct, in that far more are taking them but beating the test (and Conte should know since he worked for BALCO and was involved in designing the drugs to beat the tests), but 82 positives over 8.5 years isn’t exactly a stat I’d hang my hat on to say that 50% of players are using.

    • madhatternalice - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:14 PM

      Trust me, that’s not why we’re laughing at Canseco.

  10. muir6 - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Was he eating the roids. Sutcliffe has pulled his kids out of Spanish class and is building a wall to keep the drugs outta of his house

  11. muir6 - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Yes all hail Jose the woman beating loser

  12. Ben - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    So what, new test that’s catching people who have been using all along? Or players being stupider than usual?

  13. lew24 - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    The system must be broke because players are getting caught!

  14. sabatimus - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    I wonder if this apology is going to ring empty once they find out more details about what if anything he did (the Melky Rule) to mask it.

  15. sabatimus - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    I wonder if this apology is going to ring empty once they find out more details about what if anything he did (the Melky Rule) to mask it.

  16. zoellner25 - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    A rather large percentage of players on that wikipedia list are hispanic. connections in the DR?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:01 PM

      Why would you need connections to buy a legal product in the DR? Do you need connections to order a pizza?

  17. bigleagues - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Any chance that Melky and Bartolo conspired on fake website?

    Nahhhh, that’s a bit too cynical.

  18. shawndc04 - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Anyone seen his website?

  19. randygnyc - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Victor conte recently said he knew that 60% of ALL Olympians were doping (over 6000 of the 10,000 athletes). He said scientists are beating the drug tests. MLB testing isn’t anywhere near as strict as the IOC. Disgusting!!!!!!

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:14 PM

      So if 60% of all Olympians are beating the tests, and the Olympics uses WADA testing, what does it matter if MLB uses WADA testing or not?

  20. deadeyedesign23 - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Who didn’t se that coming? It would have surprised me more if he tested positive for a salad. Good thing steroids don’t help though right?

  21. artthoumad - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    If Christopher Columbus was alive, he would be disappointed is his great, great, great, great, great, great grandson.

  22. shockgee - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Colon, former Yankee. Cabrera, former Yankee. I say test Swisher, Granderson and Martin while you’re at it.

    • cackalackyank - Aug 22, 2012 at 3:49 PM

      Yes, absolutely test Martin because anyone can see he is having a career year at the plate, and test Granderson because if he keeps striking out as much as he does I may hire him as a ceiling fan. oh and just for laughs…A-Rods admission of steroid use covers the period BEFORE he was with the Yankees.

  23. drsodrel - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    I’ve heard rumors Colon “plays for the other team”. It could have been his boyfriend was on PEDs..

    • Reflex - Aug 22, 2012 at 3:58 PM

      Oddly enough, I heard a similiar rumor about you.

  24. ndrocks2 - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    SHOCKING – Over-the-Hill player comes back out of no where the last 11/2 and is dominating again. Who’d Thunk it!!!

  25. dexterismyhero - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    In the voice of the Dos Equis guy….”The new scent of Major League Baseball…..Bartolo Cologne”

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