It’s just not right to have admitted steroid users impacting the 2013 MLB postseason.
However, Jhonny Peralta returned to the Detroit Tigers‘ lineup on Friday fresh off of his 50-game suspension for his connection to Performance Enhancing Drugs earlier in the season. Peralta has been replaced at shortstop by Jose Iglesias, who was traded over from the Boston Red Sox in July, but Detroit still managed to have Peralta on the field versus the Miami Marlins.
As a…left fielder.
For the first time in 1,366 games, Peralta made made his way to outfield, where he would start as a left fielder. Apparently, Jim Leyland is so hellbent on getting the former All-Star in the line-up that he’s willing to change his position completely. Even still, this is just another example of MLB not setting the tone and allowing proven steroid users to crawl their way back onto the diamond.
While Leyland’s crew enjoys a boost, the clean players of the league shake their heads as Detroit decides to play a cheater. Keep in mind that the San Francisco Giants decided not to use Melky Cabrera in 2012 after his 50-game suspension and wound up winning the World Series without him — lets see if this decision bites the Tigers in the behind.