Deja vu all over again.
We’ve seen this movie before, New York Mets Reliever/Closer Jenrry Mejía was suspended 162 games by Major League Baseball after failing his second drug test in a little over three months.
In fact, Mejía had just returned from an 80-game suspension he received in April. While back in the rotation, he had pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings with seven strikeouts in relief before being handed the suspension.
According to MLB, the steroids Boldenone and Stanozolol were found in Mejía’s system.
Boldenone was also found in his system the first time, leading to his original 80-game suspension.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post and MLB Network weighed in on Mejía’s punishment saying:
#Mets were furious at Mejia 1st time. Have to assume this suspension will mark end of career with NYM, since Mejia is arb eligible
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 28, 2015
Mejia is the first player to be suspended for an entire season under the league’s strict new anti performance-enhancing drug guidelines.
The New York Mets filed this official press release regarding Mejía’s discipline:
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 28, 2015
The 25-year-old Mejía hurled 93.2 innings of relief for the Mets last season with an ERA of 3.65, 28 saves and a .6 WAR.
This unfortunate news, as well as the addition of Oakland Athletics Closer Tyler Clippard will likely spell the end of Mejía’s career in a Mets uniform. Mejía is also arbitration eligible, so getting rid of the reliever might not be so hard for General Manager Sandy Alderson.
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Peter Elliott is the Lead NFL and MLB Writer for Talking Baws.