A league that has been marred by Performance Enhancing Drugs has taken yet another blow. The MLB released Wednesday afternoon that San Diego Padres exciting young catcher Yasmani Grandal would be suspended for 50 games without pay for a positive test of elevated levels of testosterone. Grandal’s rookie season was one of the few bright spots for the 76-86 Padres in 2012.
The 12th overall pick by the Cincinnati Reds in 2010, Grandal was involved in the trade that sent Mat Latos from San Diego to Cincy this off season. In his rookie season, Grandal batted an impressive .297 along with eight home runs, 28 runs and 36 RBI. Furthermore, an athletic switch-hitting catcher almost seemed to good to be true. In many ways, perhaps it was.
Grandal has since released a statement involving the incident ”I am responsible for what I put into my body. I must accept responsibility for my actions and serve my suspension.”
While it is unfair to completely right Grandal off, the 23 year old Cuban will carry this stigma for the rest of his career. Oddly enough, on the same afternoon former Cardinal first baseman and admitted steroid user Mark McGwire was hired as the Los Angeles Dodgers 2012 hitting coach. So, maybe regaining respect in the MLB is not as difficult as some would think.
The Padres will look to catcher Nick Hundley to put together his first season of more than 85 games since coming into the league in 2008. Hundley is under contract through 2014 and the Padres will have the choice on whether or not to pick up his 2015 option worth 5 million dollars.
Furthermore, Grandal’s positive test is the sixth of such kind in the 2012 calendar year, the most in the MLB since 2007.
On one hand, the MLB has to be discouraged that players of all ages still have access to PED’s, but this does show that the tests being conducted are successful. Which, has been MLB commissioner Bud Selig‘s goal all along, to lay down the rules and punish those who refuse to play by them. Thanks to Grandal’s actions he and the Padres will be penalized in the 2013 campaign.