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Angels minor leaguer suspended for drugs

Mar 19, 2014, 2:41 PM EDT

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This is the city. New York, New York. I work here. I’m the Commissioner of Baseball:

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Minor League pitcher Luis Pena has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for metabolites of Boldenone, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspension of Pena, who is currently on the Club’s Dominican Summer League roster, will be effective at the start of the DSL season.

Boldenone sounds like a made up drug. It’s like snipe hunting of performance enhancing drugs.

  1. whittle79 - Mar 19, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    To bad !!

  2. anotheryx - Mar 19, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Wow MLB… the poor dude just want those wavy locks back!

  3. jimmyt - Mar 19, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Birds of a feather…

  4. echech88 - Mar 19, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Am I the only one who is curious what the financial attachment is to 50 games in the Dominican Summer League?

    Actually I probably don’t want to know. It will bum us all out.

    • happytwinsfan - Mar 19, 2014 at 7:38 PM

      dominican summer league. actually i would really enjoy hearing about a professional baseball player with less money then me.

  5. bh192012 - Mar 19, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Here is what Wikipedia has to say about it.

    “also known under the trade names Equipoise, Ganabol, Equigan and Ultragan, is an anabolic steroid developed for veterinary use, mostly for treatment of horses. In the US it is not indicated for use in humans and is only available through veterinary clinics.”

    Now I just want to know if this is how ARod ended up as a centaur?

    • unclemosesgreen - Mar 19, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      Truly, in that vein, ARod’s bedroom art could be viewed as a bold commentary on the risks that some athletes will take in an attempt to allow veterinary science to aid them in their pursuit of athletic excellence.

    • tomtigas - Mar 19, 2014 at 10:45 PM

      lol horses can’t pitch or play third

  6. crackersnap - Mar 20, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    I’m more curious to learn how and when they tested Pena. Did this test happen while he was in the DR? Does MLB have authority to impose their will in foreign countries and force submission of samples? Are there privacy rights and rules that are bound into the laws of the land in another jurisdiction that trumps whatever player contract the MLB might wish to whip out? What, if any, are the chain of custody controls and issues? Where are the labs and how much oversight is granted the MLBPA to keep them neutral/ Does the MLBPA even give a damn since these is a minor league player?

    I know nothing about Pena, but I already know how big of a dick MLB can be when it wants to be. So what is it? Can the MLB operate with impunity in Latin America? Or, on the other hand, is the MLB actually restricted from normal behavior?

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