Today, MLB is expected to start handing down suspensions to players connected to the Biogenesis PED scandal.
The announcement has come down that a member of the New York Mets has been suspended for steroid use: Jordany Valdespin, who will be suspended for 50 games for his PED-using ways. With the type of season that Valdespin has had this year, it almost seamed like something like this was bound to happen.
What I mean by that is that 2013 has been a strange year for Valdespin in pro ball. He is currently serving a three-game suspension for inciting a benches-clearing brawl after showboating a home run, something that happened shortly after his demotion from the Mets to their Triple-A team in Las Vegas.
Valdespin has also had problems at the big league level as well. He caused controversy with a bat flip against the Pittsburgh Pirates after hitting a meaningless home run. That even caused riffs with his teammates over the incident, which lead to problems in the media for himself and Mets manager Terry Collins.
Valdespin then cursed out Collins after the team refused to put him on the DL on July 15 instead of sending him to the minor leagues.
So you can see that it has been a trying year for both the Mets and Valdespin. I know there has been some small upside to Valdespin. This year alone, he has hit a walk-off home run back in April. The off-field issues he has created for himself and the Mets have been causing more of a headache than they have been helping the team, however.
I will admit, this one kinda came out of nowhere.
Valdespin wasn’t a guy I would have figured to have any connection whatsoever to Biogenesis, but he has, and now it’s going to cost him 50 games, which comes out to most of the remainder of the regular season.
In a season of strange happenings for the Mets and Valdespin, things have gone from bad to worse. I do wish him the best of luck in the future because, quite frankly, I don’t really see Valdespin having much of a future with the Mets after this.