Monday, August 06, 2007

Perez is juiced....again

Detroit Tigers' infielder Neifi Perez was suspended for 80 games Friday after testing positive for a third time for a banned stimulant, a penalty that finishes his season. Perez was suspended for 25 games on July 6 when he tested positive for a second time. Under baseball's labor contract, a player who tests positive for the first time is sent for counseling. Another positive test would lead to a suspension to be determined at the discretion of commissioner Bud Selig, with Perez having the right to have an arbitrator review the penalty.

His initial suspension cost him $396,175, and the second will cost him $792,350 -- a total of $1,188,525 of his $2.5 million salary. He will miss the final 54 games of the regular season and finish serving the suspension next year, if he is signed. The 34-year-old Perez is hitting .172 with one homer and six RBIs in 64 at-bats for the defending AL champions.

Shouldn't baseball be following their rule of 3 strikes and you're out? Perez has been suspended more times than Tony LaRussa's driver's license. When you're batting below the Mendoza line while juiced, the shit ain't working. His wife should just do him a favour and switch his drugs for a bottle of Tic Tacs. At least he may actually be able to play a few games and earn some bank. While sporting minty breath.

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