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Ronny Paulino suspended for 100 games

Feb 12, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

Ronny Paulino

Major League Baseball just announced that Tigers minor league catcher Ronny Paulino — who has played in the bigs for the Pirates, Marlins, Mets and Orioles — has been suspended for 100 games.

The reason: “testing positive for exogenous Testosterone.” Second offense. Lucky for him that baseball caught him in a test. If they hadn’t and someone just dropped the dime on him he’d get 200 games or something. At least that’s what recent precedent has led me to believe.

Also, a rookie leaguer for the Mariners — Cavan Cohoes — got 50 games for testing positive for Stanozolol and for “a substance related to the anabolic androgenic steroid Stenbolone (Methylstenbolone).” Under the A-Rod decision the two different substances at once would get him 100 games. Not here though because, you know, consistency matters.

  1. DelawarePhilliesFan - Feb 12, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Still bitter about A-Rod, there Craig?

    Of course, A-Rod was offered a 50 game suspension a long time back….but ahhh, why let facts get in the way of a diatribe

    • righthandofjustice - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:51 PM

      It has nothing to do with A-Rod whatsoever. It is the just clause. A-Rod was suspended 150 games for violating 3 kinds of PED. That has nothing to do with 50 game suspension offer or not. MLB set the scale to one player they also have to apply the same punishment to other players under the same employment conditions.

      It is labor law.

    • cur'68 - Feb 12, 2014 at 5:43 PM

      I said this once, too: ARod was offered 50 games and didn’t take it. Someone got on here to inform me that this wasn’t so. He’d indicated to MLB he would take the 50 and MLB turned him down was how it happned. Now I don’t know about you, but I think there’s a lot of wishy washy in this “who offered what to whom”. I think the best you can say is that at one point 50 games was on the table. Someone rejected it. No idea who.

      • righthandofjustice - Feb 12, 2014 at 6:46 PM

        First, the just clause has nothing to do with other bargains, if they exist, or not. The ruling by Horowitz is possession/consumption of x banned substances at the same time should be punished for x times the suspension of each single offense then they should be applied universally to all players, at the time of the ruling and beyond.

        Second, nothing has been confirmed of the “50 game suspension offer”. Even you said you can’t tell “no idea who” rejected what offer. Such “offer” is 100% hypothetical and not even one word of it has made its way into Horowitz’s comments. It just has no influence to the award, even if it existed.

      • bigharold - Feb 12, 2014 at 8:42 PM

        ” ARod was offered 50 games and didn’t take it. ”

        That sounds like pure BS. What, MLB offered him 50 games, .. he said no so they said; “How dare you!! Now we’re going to burn you to the ground.”?

        All MLB had to do was suspend him for 50 games go to arbitration, .. which is where it ended up anyway, . and eliminate the drama. A-Rod had his initial 217 game suspension whittled down but it likely means that he’d have lost if they just got 50 games. Everything about Biogenisis would have come out anyway, (instead of MLB’s completely contemptible leaking to the press with utter disregard for the confidentiality and integrity of the appeals process), .. A-Rod’s “legacy” would have been sufficiently damaged but most importantly “Justice” would have been served., .. nothing is that simple in Bud Selig’s world, .. besides Bud. Instead MLB ramped up their heavy handed KGB act, .. distorted the civil court system with their asinine law suit with their reprehensible dirt bag “paid” informant as the foundation, .. likely broke the law buying “evidence”, (and that after they were warned by law enforcement not to do so), and turned what should have been a quick relatively simple disciplinary process into a year long soap opera. They antagonized, threatened, demonized and generally waged a low life PR war against A-Rod rather than respect the process. Bud Selig is the worst baseball commissioner I know of, .. and I’m old enough to remember Bowie Kuhn.

        You have to ask why MLB wouldn’t do the smart simple thing and give A-Rod the penalty prescribed in the JDA and CBA? Why did Selig go way far out of his way to turn MLB into a freak show of bad reality TV by turning A-Rod into Public Enemy Number One? Personally I think it was in part to get even with Bonds and Clemens because they essentially got away with it. Also, part was because he wanted his legacy to by that he “cleaned up baseball”, (to that I think it be cleaner if not smarter when he leaves himself). Maybe, like so many others he just has an irrational dislike for A-Rod that boarders on pathological. Apparently A-Rod has that affect on a great many people. Regardless, Selig’s handling of this was not in the best interest of baseball and is yet another example of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

        In the end, there is no way that logic would indicate that A-Rod ever turned down a 50 game suspension because MLB would never have started with the lowest possible sanction if they were looking to make a deal with A-Rod. If that was MLB’s intention they could have just as easily merely suspended him and been done with it. Also, apparently Bud Selig is that smart to begin with.

  2. karlkolchak - Feb 12, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Exogenous Testosterone sounds like the name of a hardcore punk rock band.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      They are more old school punk – they do a ripping cover of “Pretty Vacant” by the Sex Pistols

  3. kylewo - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Was offered? Why would fighting a punishment net you more games? The only thing that matters is the eventual number of games reached. If A-Rod lost, then give him the 50 games, not some random number you see as fitful retribution.

    “Hey Ronny, you get 100 games.”

    “I challenge your testing.”

    “Sorry, test verified, now you get 126 games.”

    Keep pretending that makes sense.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:36 PM

      I wasn’t saying fighting the punishment gets you more. I am saying by rejecting the first offer, he kept the process alive longer and more info came out to make it worse.

      Craigs comment was that had some “dropped a dime” on Ronny, he would have had recv’d 200 games, citing A-Rod as proof. Well, when someone dropped a dime on A-Rod, he could have taken 50 games.

      • cur'68 - Feb 12, 2014 at 5:45 PM

        Can you prove that ARod was ever offered the 50 games, though? I’ve tried to say this exact same thing and others have shot it down. Do you have a link or report you can cite?

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Feb 12, 2014 at 6:16 PM

        Seeing as I am not on trial, I think I will decline your demand of evidentiary proof.

        Craig’s previous posts have indicated he accepts that rumor as probably true, which sort under cuts the claim here that simple “dime dropping” results in more severe penalties. When the dime was dropped on ARod, he should have settled

        Now go have a cup of chill

      • cur'68 - Feb 12, 2014 at 6:17 PM

        Actually, it was but a simple request. I can’t find any proof of statement and was hoping you could. Touchy when questioned, aintcha?

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Feb 12, 2014 at 6:27 PM

        heh heh – nah, just have fun. Truth be told, I wasn’t sure if you were serious or not

    • lanflfan - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      It makes sense within the scope of the law for the same reason you see some criminal penalties increase if the defendant rejects the plea deal; keeping the case out of the Court (saving time and money) and having the person in question accept a lesser charge for their crime.

    • ilovegspot - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:49 PM

      Aroid did more than use drugs and was pinnished accordingly.

      • bigharold - Feb 12, 2014 at 9:33 PM

        BS, that’s all he was accused of. And, the CBA and JDA were completely ignored on the whim of Bud Selig. Hell, had he got caught selling PEDs it’s still a 50 game suspension.

        Hate A-Rod all you want but the point is what’s the use of having a CBA if one party can and will ignore it when it suits their purpose. When the party that is suppose to enforce the “rules” goes about systematically breaking them to attain their desired outcome that is just wrong. The ends do not justify the means.

  4. chc4 - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Craig is such a douche.

    • Old Gator - Feb 12, 2014 at 5:05 PM

      Maybe, but he’s the one getting paid well for doing this while you’re a troll working for nothing.

      • chc4 - Feb 12, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        Working for nothing? If you’re a Florida Gator then you should know. I, on the other hand, have a job that pays a helluva lot more than a blogger. But since it’s snowing here in Atlanta today I have a little more time to screw around. Hence my comment. Go back to your janitorial work gator boy.

      • tuberippin - Feb 12, 2014 at 6:29 PM

        So what you’re saying the primary difference you see between Calcaterra and a blog-post troll is salary?

      • historiophiliac - Feb 12, 2014 at 8:42 PM

        Oh, Larry, go back to Twitter.

  5. shawndc04 - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Craig: The arbitrator found that A-Rod violated the drug policy on three occasions over a three year period.
    He found that A-Rod actions were “the most egregious violations of the JDA reported to date.” Finally, he also found that A-Rod had attempted to obstruct the investigation on two occasions. Thus to the extent that you are implying that A-Rod’s use of the 3 substances at one time got him the severe penalty is incorrect. It’s the multiple usage and the attempted obstruction that got him all of the games. The arbitrator’s opinion is attached as an exhibit to A-Rod’s now dismissed suit.

    • righthandofjustice - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:55 PM

      150 game suspension to using 3 different kinds of PED, 50 game each.

      It is clearly stated in the arbitrator’s comment.

      That also means Cohoes should be given a 2×50 = 100 game suspension. Craig is right.

      • shawndc04 - Feb 12, 2014 at 5:10 PM

        All I can say to you is to read the arb’s opinion carefully. He empasizes the number of occasions of use over the three year period.

      • righthandofjustice - Feb 12, 2014 at 5:17 PM

        Fortunately Horowitz’s entire comment is released to the public. It is clearly stated A-Rod’s punishment was 3×50 games for violating the PED usages all at once. Ditto for Cohoes, 2×50 = 100 game suspensions.

        Everybody can read, no need to troll.

  6. zacksdad - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Craig’s stock in his PED company is dropping. Has there ever been a suspended player for PEDs that Craig has not tried to defend. He is like the girls, he likes the guys with the Long Ball.

  7. lanflfan - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Craig, as an attorney (even if you never practiced criminal law you studied it at some
    point during law school), you should recognize the basic elements at play here:

    First, commission of a “crime” i.e. use of PEDs;
    Second, offer of a “plea deal” by the “Court” i.e. MLB;
    Third, rejection of said “plea deal” by the defendant;
    Fourth, trial by the “Court”;
    Fifth, “appeal” of the decision i.e. the arbitrator;
    Sixth and final, sentencing of the defendant.

    There was a process that was followed. ARod rejected his “plea deal”, of his own free will, and opened his own can of worms. If he stuffs his ego at the door, and sits the 50, we aren’t even having this discussion.

    I, for one, would like to move on from talking about ARod because he will not be a MLB player this year but the legacy of shame, and continued taint and usage, of the Roid Era won’t let us.

    • righthandofjustice - Feb 12, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      You completely failed at law.

      First, nobody confirmed any “plea bargain” ever existed.

      Second, the arbitrator never mentioned “plea bargain” in his entire comment. That means, regardless or such “bargain” existed or not, it has no bearing to the award.

      Third, just clause applies to all the players.

      Fourth, Cohorts wasn’t said to have offered a “plea bargain”, he should be punished 100 games under the just clause.

  8. yankeefan1950 - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    What a lot of self righteous commenters here are missing is that A-Rod never failed a drug test, except for one that wasn’t supposed to be made public, it was just supposed to be a sampling of drug use in the majors and with no names attached. He may well have been an abuser but it was never proven, they took the word of someone that was trying to cover his own ass (see today’s announcement that MLB dropped its suit against Biogenesis). The issue is much bigger than A-Rod, its that someone can be “convicted” without proof and that doesn’t bode well for the future of our country.

    • zacksdad - Feb 12, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      Lance Armstrong also never tested positive. But look at him now.

    • chc4 - Feb 12, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      And OJ is innocent. So was Ryan Braun…. until he wasn’t.

  9. mattinglyschmidt - Feb 12, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Also there is no provision in the CBA for 3×50. It’s 50 games for first offense, 100 games for a second offense, and lifetime ban for a third offense. So there is no justification for getting 150 games for three offenses.

  10. missingdiz - Feb 12, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    I’m not going into the PED thing again. What I’m concerned about is ancient slang. Craig, to “drop a dime on” somebody is the same as “rattin’ ’em out.” But by telephone. Telephones were devices with dials that had numbers on them and wires that ran to other wires and gizmos and finally connected up with other telephones. Some of the telephones were “pay telephones.” In that case, you inserted a dime and got to make a local, anonymous call–say, to police headquarters. Hence, “dropping a dime.”

    Next class we will cover gender designations, such as mug, lug, dame, and frail. Please do your homework. For extra credit, watch Peter Lorre as Joel Cairo in The Maltese Falcon.

  11. Minoring In Baseball - Feb 12, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Sucks for the Tigers because they don’t have much depth at catcher. Looks like Jim Leyland’s son Pat may be getting another shot behind the plate!!!!

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