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A little over a month ago, Jenrry Mejia became the talk of the baseball world after becoming the first player in league history to be banned for life due to failing his third PED test. Arguably even more amazing is the fact that all three failed tests came within a calendar year, and the third came while he was in the midst of serving his suspension for the second. While there is certainly some humor to be found in the situation, it’s a sad end for a player who could’ve carved out a key bullpen role for years to come. Mejia isn’t going away quietly, though, instead opting to go out in a blaze of glory.
About a week ago, the former Met gave an interview to the New York Times. In it, he alleged that Major League Baseball had it out for him and was on a crusade to ban him from the game. He doubled down on those claims Friday, as he and his lawyer held a press conference. His lawyer had a lot to say on the matter, including their claim that the league was seeking an investigation for another unnamed player and they wanted Mejia to testify against them. After he refused, according to their story, the league hired a "third-party contractor" to infiltrate Mejia’s social media accounts in search of information. This is obviously a serious allegation, and for their part MLB is denying everything.
Looking ahead, it appears the next step for Mejia is a lawsuit. Although the whole thing sounds crazy, he doesn’t really have any other options. Right now, the assumption is that this is a ridiculous accusation from a desperate player. While it may be true that it all sounds like a mad conspiracy, it’s important to realize this is a young man trying to deal with losing everything he’s ever worked for. Also, for what it’s worth, MLB has been shady in PED investigations before, most notably including the Biogenesis scandal. This would be on another level entirely, though. At this point, the safe move is to keep assuming there’s nothing to these claims, but it will certainly be an interesting situation to follow as it continues to unfold.
- The Pirates got David Freese on an ultra-cheap deal, giving Pittsburgh some much-needed depth in the infield.
- There is an important investigation going on over at Twinkie Town regarding whether or not Drew Butera is related to Ariana Grande.
- The entire American League is relatively bunched up this year, and this parity is even more apparent in the AL East.
- Boston needs Rick Porcello to step up in that close division race. How important is his repertoire for that step forward?
- If Adrian Beltre doesn’t sign an extension with Texas, he could be avoiding head rubs in a division rival’s uniform.
- The Orioles got a scare yesterday when former Tommy John patient Matt Wieters left a game with elbow soreness. Luckily, the initial tests came back negative.
- They aren’t the only team dealing with injuries either. The Dodgers’ depth is being tested both in the rotation and the lineup.
- Trea Turner is going to make his debut with the Nationals at some point in 2016. The only question is when.
- The Rockies are in the midst of a confusing, unspectacular stretch, but their prospects are confident that wins are on the way.