Jenrry Mejia was a solid closer for the New York Mets in 2014, saving 28 games and striking out 98 batters over 93.2 innings of work. He was looking very promising for the Mets, but then he messed things up for himself.
Mejia went on the disabled list right after he injured his elbow on Opening Day in 2015, then shortly after that it was announced that he would be suspended 80 games for testing positive for stanozolol, a banned substance under MLB’s Drug Policy.
Mejia was eventually able to return to the Mets following the suspension, but he lost his closer role to Jeurys Familia. Mejia only was able to pitch 7.1 innings before Major League Baseball announced that he would be suspended 162 games (the total amount in a full season) for testing positive for stanozolol again, and boldenone in addition to that.
The Mets then decided to give a Mejia a one-year $2.47 million deal for the 2016 season in January, although he would still miss a good portion of the season.
Well, he will miss the entire season now, and he won’t have much of a career now after failing his third drug test, which results in a permanent ban from MLB.
The Mets released this following statement on Mejia’s suspension:
“We were deeply disappointed to hear that Jenrry has again violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. We fully support MLB’s policy toward eliminating performance enhancing substances from the sport. As per the Joint Drug Program, we will have no further comment on this suspension.”
Mejia has also previously lied about his drug history too. After his first suspension, he said: “I can honestly say I have no idea how a banned substance ended up in my system.” He and Pete Rose are the only living human beings that are banned from Major League Baseball.
Mejia can file for reinstatement in 2017, but the first player to be banned for life due to PED use will have sit out a minimum of two seasons.
If this is indeed the end for the 26-year-old Mejia, he will finish with a career earned run average of 3.68, and a win-loss record of 9-14.
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