Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Bartolo Colón Faces 50 Game Ban for Juicing

By Rachel Swan
Wed, Aug 22, 2012 at 2:37 PM

All right, bad news for baseball: A's pitcher Bartolo Colón tested positive for "performance enhancing" testosterone, just one week after another huge juicing scandal involving SF Giants MVP Melky Cabrera — over the same substance, no less. Both of them now face a 50 game suspension, which means that Colón, who won the prestigious American League Cy Young Award when he played for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, will sit out for the remaining 40 games of the season, plus 10 post-season games, if Oakland makes it to the playoffs. He'll receive no pay during that suspension.

Bartolo Colón
  • Bartolo Colón

Sadly, news of Colón's trespass didn't really surprise sports commentator Tim Kurkjian. "Nobody can take this kind of time off, and then come back and throw this hard at such an advanced age," Kurkjian, indicating that many executives had already been suspicious of 39 year-old Colón's magical comeback. Moreover, the A's have a long history of steroid use. Testosterone has special appeal because it's harder to detect than other steroids — if a player uses it judicially, the level will naturally fall back to the normal threshold for his body, commentator Jonathan Coachman said on the ESPN radio podcast. Coachman blamed Colón's fate on hubris and carelessness.

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