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A Brewers minor leaguer will have a drug suspension when his current drug suspension is over

Jan 14, 2014, 3:33 PM EDT

say no to drugs

It’s wrong that the arbitrator in the A-Rod case came up with some improvised penalty regimen that essentially stacked his offenses to make some 150-game mega-suspension. Because this is how you’re supposed to do 150-game suspensions:

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Milwaukee Brewers Minor League left-handed pitcher Will West has received a 100-game suspension without pay after testing positive for an Amphetamine, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, as well as a third positive test for a drug of abuse.

The suspension of West, who is currently on the roster of the rookie-level Arizona League Brewers, will be effective upon completion of his current 50-game suspension, which commenced on August 5, 2013.

So, three times on a drug of abuse and one test for amphetamines = 150 games in two separate suspensions. If it was A-Rod I calculate that it would be [counts fingers and toes] eleventy-billion games.

  1. El Bravo - Jan 14, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Can we agree that the game is better without that cheater cheater pumpkin eater? I mean he’s not Saddam Hussein but… oh wait bad example as Iraq goes up in flames…ok ok, maybe we’re better off with ARod in the game…

    • paperlions - Jan 14, 2014 at 3:45 PM

      Quiet Pinto.

  2. peymax1693 - Jan 14, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    The Arbitrator’s creative use of imposing 3 consecutive 50 game first offense suspensions as the penalty for A-Rod’s use of 3 different PEDs at the same time could create some problems in deciding the appropriate punishment of future violators. For example, under Horowitz’s reasoning if Ryan Braun tests positive for a different PED than the one he admitted to using previously he would have a good argument that he should only be punished 50 games as a first offender instead of being punished 100 games for being caught using PEDs twice. Another possible outcome is someone who was using testosterone for years and was finally caught could argue that he should only receive a 50 game suspension, while another player who gets caught after he decided to begin a cycle of 3 different PEDs would be subject to a 150 game suspension. In the last scenario, who is more deserving of 150 games, the habitual user of PEDs or the true first time offender?

  3. Old Gator - Jan 14, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    A Brewers minor leaguer needs to be forcibly sterilizing to keep him from contaminating the gene pool with a dominant chromosome for abject stupidity.

    • happytwinsfan - Jan 14, 2014 at 4:46 PM

      Too late. He has a babe in every bus depot.

  4. schuch10 - Jan 14, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Different story, still dwelling on ARod… We will never get over him. Or maybe my reading comprehension is just off-base.

  5. musketmaniac - Jan 14, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    future Yankee

  6. tfbuckfutter - Jan 14, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    If the amphetamine and drug of abuse are the same failure (meaning meth) then get that kid some help.

    If the drug of abuse is pot…..then what the hell is the point of being a minor league baseball player if you can’t spend your evenings baked?

  7. genericcommenter - Jan 14, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    After spending 3 seasons in Rookie Ball, it’s amazing he’s still on a team. A lot of guys are one and done if they can’t perform at that level. I really don’t blame the guy if he’s using PEDs to try to break into the 5 figure pay bracket.

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