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New Series to Take Compelling Look at Minor League Baseball PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maury Brown   
Monday, 02 February 2009 00:05

Take in a Minor League baseball game, and chances are, you’ll see family and friends engaged in a great time, with little knowledge of who’s playing, or their aspirations. Ask the players that are part of the minors what their goals are, and all will tell you the same: making The Show.

The story of the minor leagues has not been told in great detail. Most conjure up the movie Bull Durham as the blue print for life in the minors.

That is going to change with release of Minor League: The Road to the Show. As the trailer says, there are more than 3,500 minor league players, each year. Of them, only 8 percent will make the majors. The show will seem to answer its own question, “So why do it?”

Distribution of Minor League: The Road to the Show has not yet been finalized. Still, if the quality of the trailer is anywhere near the quality that the series will be, it will be a deep look inside the player development system, and the aspirations of those that play within it.

Visit http://www.theroadtotheshow.com/ for more details and see the trailer below:

Road to the Show

Click to View in Quicktime


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Portland Beavers to Become First Pro Baseball Team to Have Nike as Official Uni Provider PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 27 January 2009 23:41

Portland BeaversThe Portland Beavers announced today a long-term partnership with Nike to support the Portland Beavers & Portland Timbers Community Fund (the Timbers are a United Soccer Leagues First Division team), a philanthropic endeavor in the Portland community. In addition, Nike will become the official on-field apparel and equipment provider for both the Beavers and Timbers, providing uniforms, training gear and footwear for the teams as part of the multi-year relationship.

Additionally, Nike will lend its assistance to the 2009 Cricket Wireless Triple-A All-Star Game, which will take place at PGE Park in Portland on July 15, 2009.

According to the Beavers, as a result of the partnership, the Beavers become the first professional baseball team to feature Nike as its official on-field uniform provider.

Nike's world headquarters are located in the Portland suburb of Beaverton, OR. approx. 10 miles from Portland and PGE Park.


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Red Sox and Mets Minor Leaguers Suspended 50 games for PEDs PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 16 January 2009 18:17

PEDs in baseballThe Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Boston Red Sox Minor League outfielder Cristopher De La Rosa and New York Mets Minor League pitcher Junior Guerra have received 50-game suspensions after each tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. De La Rosa, a member of Boston’s Dominican Summer League team, tested positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, and Guerra, who is currently on the roster of Triple-A Buffalo of the International League, tested positive for a metabolite of Nandrolone.

The suspensions of De La Rosa and Guerra will be effective at the start of next season.

The suspensions of De La Rosa and Guerra mark the first two minor league drug suspensions of 2009. On January 6, J.C. Romero of the Phillies and Sergio Mitre of the Yankees organization were each suspended 50 games as part of the Major League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, bringing the total suspension to four in 2009.

(See the complete historical record of drug violations in Major and Minor League baseball)


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Buffalo Bisons Unveil New Logo, Announce Naming Rights Deal with Coca-Cola PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 17 December 2008 12:30
BisonsThe Buffalo Bisons have unveiled a new primary team logo, created by Phoenix Design Works, that depicts a bison charging from the Buffalo skyline. This new logo pays tribute to the team's long-standing tradition and its strong relationship with the city.

By adopting a blue and orange color scheme, the Bisons also wanted to celebrate their new partnership with the New York Mets.

"We are thrilled to usher in a new era in Buffalo Bisons history with an exciting new logo for our fans to enjoy," said Mike Buczkowski, Vice President/General Manger of the Buffalo Bisons. "With our team's celebrated tradition in this great city and our new major league partnership with the New York Mets, we wanted our new logo design to take an old-fashion feel and give it a modern-looking twist."

This is the first logo change for the Bisons since adopting the "sliding Buster" red and green design in 1998 to correlate with the team's return to the International League.

The Bisons new logo was produced by Phoenix Design Works, who last year designed the inaugural logo for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals -Rich Baseball Operations' Double-A team in the Texas League. For their new design, the Bisons 'modernized' a popular alternate logo from recent seasons that had a standing bison inside a black and white baseball. This new adaptation shows a bison charging out and adds a new dynamic, multi-dimensional feel to an old logo.

The Bisons also announced that they will have neelated w home, road and alternate uniforms for the 2009 season in conjunction with their new team logo. Those uniforms, and the official on-field caps, will be displayed for the first time at the Bisons Hot Stove Luncheon, Friday, January 16, 2009 at the Adam's Mark Hotel (time TBA).

In related news, Dunn Tire Park will be changed to Coca-Cola Field as part of a naming rights deal with the Bisons, it was announced today. The 10-year deal is with Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Buffalo and includes all signage in and around the ballpark as well as the continuation of a cross-promotional campaign the Bisons and Coca-Cola signed in 2004.

John Dandes, president of Rich Baseball Operations for the Bisons, did not comment on the dollar amount associated with the agreement.

According to The Buffalo News, this is the fourth naming deal for the Bisons.

It became North AmeriCare Park in 1995 after the original rights holder, Pilot Air Freight of Philadelphia, defaulted on its payments to the city. Locally owned Dunn Tire took over in 1999, inheriting a $2.5 million deal for the final nine years of the contract.

The deal with Coca-Cola also includes an extension for pouring rights that runs concurrent with naming rights.

Source: Buffao Bisons, The Buffalo News


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Class-A Salem Avalanche Change Name to Salem Red Sox PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 November 2008 13:25

Salem Red SoxFenway Sports Group announced today the renaming of the Class-A Salem Avalanche to the Salem Red Sox. FSG, a group owned by the Boston Red Sox, purchased the then Houston Astros affiliated Advanced Carolina League team in December of last year.

The newly named club will switch its affiliation to the Red Sox starting in 2009.

"We're thrilled to bring Red Sox Nation and everything associated with it to the Roanoke Valley," said Fenway Sports Group President and Red Sox Chief Operating Officer Mike Dee. "This is not merely a cosmetic change but a change in the organization's culture. This will be reflected in all aspects of our organization as we deliver on our commitment to field a championship-caliber baseball team, provide a unparalleled fan experience, and operate a franchise that continues to grow deep roots into the community."

This announcement marks the sixth time that the Boston Red Sox will hold an affiliation with a Carolina League team, but only the third time the franchise will bear the Red Sox name. Previous clubs include the Wilmington Blue Rocks (2005-06), the Lynchburg Red Sox (1988-94), the Winston-Salem Red Sox (1961-84), the Raleigh Capitals (1958-60) and the Greensboro Patriots (1953-57).

"The Red Sox brand is one of the strongest in the game of baseball today," said Salem Red Sox General Manager John Katz. "To link the Red Sox name to the Salem franchise further builds on the rich history of
hardball in the Roanoke Valley. We look forward to ushering in the next era of Red Sox baseball." 

The now-named Salem Red Sox plays its home games at Lewis-Gale Medical Center Field at Salem Memorial Baseball Stadium. The 6,300-seat ballpark opened in August 1995, and has hosted more than 2.5 million fans since the stadium's inaugural game.

Source: Fenway Sports Group


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Astros Announce 2-Year PDC Extension with Corpus Christi Hooks PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 October 2008 13:47

HooksThe Houston Astros and Ryan-Sanders Baseball announced today a two-year extension of the Player Development Contract (PDC) between the Astros and their Double A affiliate, the Corpus Christi Hooks, which falls under the Ryan-Sanders Baseball ownership group.  The agreement extends the contract between the Astros and Corpus Christi through the 2012 season.  The announcement was made by Assistant General Manager/Director of Player Development Ricky Bennett.

Additionally, the Astros will play an exhibition game at Whataburger Field against the Double A Corpus Christi club on Thursday, April 2, 2009.  The game, which will begin that night at 6 PM, will mark the first trip for the Astros to Corpus Christi.

“The relationship between the Astros and Hooks has been a strong and productive one over the last four years,” said Bennett.  “We are proud of our association with Ryan-Sanders Baseball and the City of Corpus Christi, and we are excited at this opportunity to extend the agreement through 2012.  Whataburger Field is a first-class ballpark, and we look forward to our visit there next April for an exhibition game between the Astros and Hooks.  We value greatly the contributions of the Ryans and their respective staffs at Round Rock and Corpus Christi in our player development efforts.”

The 2009 season will be the fifth for Corpus Christi as Houston’s Double A affiliate.  Before the Hooks inception in 2005, the Astros’ current Triple A affiliate in Round Rock served as Houston’s Double A club.  Houston’s top two affiliates (Triple A Round Rock and Double A Corpus Christi) continue to be within driving distance of the Major League team.

“I am absolutely thrilled for all of our fans in the Corpus Christi area and throughout South Texas,” said Ryan Sanders Baseball CEO Reid Ryan. “What a wonderful event this will be for all of our fans and sponsors, an incredible happening in the life of our great city. My family is grateful to Drayton McLane, Ed Wade, Ricky Bennett and the Astros organization for their continued commitment to our fans.”

With the Astros as their Major League partner, Corpus Christi has developed into one of the most successful franchises in all of minor league baseball.  The Hooks have drawn 1,970,527 fans in four seasons at Whataburger Field, including 479,651 in 2008, the second-highest attendance total among all Double A clubs this season.  Corpus Christi has finished second three times and third once in total attendance among all Double A clubs.

The 2006 Hooks team, featuring Hunter Pence and nine others who ultimately reached the big leagues, captured Corpus Christi’s first Texas League championship since 1958.

Source: Houston Astros


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5 Minor Leaguers Suspended. Total of 33 for the Year PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 25 August 2008 23:12

PEDs in BaseballThe Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced Monday that five Minor League players have received 50-game suspensions after each tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

  • Minor League shortstop Rafael Aybar of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization (Dominican Summer League) has been suspended after testing positive for a metabolite of Boldenone.
  • Minor League pitcher Alfredo Buret of the Florida Marlins organization (Dominican Summer League) has been suspended after testing positive for a metabolite of Boldenone.
  • Minor League catcher Juan Castillo of the St. Louis Cardinals organization (Gulf Coast League Cardinals, Rookie) has been suspended after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol.
  • Minor League pitcher Julio Sanchez of the Baltimore Orioles organization (Dominican Summer League) has been suspended after testing positive for a metabolite of Boldenone.
  • Minor League outfielder Eliel Sierra of the Minnesota Twins organization (Dominican Summer League) has been suspended after testing positive for a metabolite of Boldenone.

The suspensions of all five players are effective immediately.

This year, 23 of the 33 players suspended at the minor league level have come from the Dominican Summer League. The DSL suspensions have all taken place since the end of the All-Star break.

1,650 games have been served under suspension Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program in 2008. Here is a complete accounting of the suspensions under that drug program for 2008. (see the complete historical record of drug suspensions in Major and Minor League baseball).

#
Date 
Player Name
Substance
Club
Length
1
1/10/08
± Jacob Rodriguez
Failure to Test
Royals
50 gms
2
2/20/08
* Scott Vander Weg
PEDs
Cardinals
50 gms
3
4/3/08
§ Robert Hernandez
PEDs
Cubs
50 gms
4
4/8/08
# Jordan Schafer
HGH
Braves
50 gms
5
4/25/08
ß Jonathan Jaspe
PEDs
Blue Jays
50 gms
6
5/1/08
Ω Angel Reyes
Stanozolol Metabolites
Yankees
50 gms
7
5/16/08
¤ Aaron Jackson
Substance of Abuse
Free Agent
50 gms
8
7/25/08
** Roman Carrasco
Nandrolone
Pirates
50 gms
9
7/25/08
** Luis Figuera
Stanozolol
Pirates
50 gms
10
7/26/08
** Jonathan Quinonez
Nandrolone
Rays
50 gms
11
7/26/08
** Yeiger Sanchez
Nandrolone
Mets
50 gms
12
7/29/08
** Braulin Beltre
Boldenone
Cardinals
50 gms
13
7/29/08
** Andres Beras
Boldenone
Cardinals
50 gms
14
7/29/08
** Yedilson Pena
Boldenone
Cardinals
50 gms
15
7/30/08
◊ Thomas Mendoza
Amphetamine
Angels
50 gms
16
7/31/08
** Francoris Pineda
Stanozolol
Cubs
50 gms
17
8/1/08
** Renny Amador
Stanozolol
Reds
50 gms
18
8/1/08
** Bernardino Jimenez
Boldenone
D-Backs
50 gms
19
8/2/08
** Daniel Gil
Boldenone
Marlins
50 gms
20
8/4/08
** Cesar Guillen
Ephedrine
Rays
50 gms
21
8/4/08
** Victor Henriquez
Stanozolol
Rays
50 gms
22
8/7/08
** Victor De La Cruz
Stanozolol
Red Sox
50 gms
23
8/8/08
** Leandro Geremy
Nandrolone
Mets
50 gms
24
8/8/08
** Jose Valentin
Boldenone
Mets
50 gms
25
8/11/08
** Cesar Colmenares
Nandrolone
Reds
50 gms
26
8/11/08
** Elvin Silvestre
Boldenone
Reds
50 gms
27
8/11/08
** Jonathan Correa
Boldenone
Reds
50 gms
28
8/21/08
  ∏ Jorge Sosa
Amphetamine
Mariners
50 gms
29
8/25/08
** Rafael Aybar
Boldenone
Dodgers
50 gms
30
8/25/08
** Alfredo Buret
Boldenone
Marlins
50 gms
31
8/25/08
  ∩ Juan Castillo
Stanozolol
Cardinals
50 gms
32
8/25/08
** Julio Sanchez
Boldenone
Orioles
50 gms
33
8/25/08
** Eliel Sierra
Boldenone
Twins
50 gms

 ± Rodriguez' suspension will start at the beginning of the 2008 season. Last season, Rodriguez played for the Surprise Royals of the Arizona Rookie League.

* Vander Weg's suspension will start at the beginning of the 2008 season. Last season, Vander Weg pitched for Single-A Palm Beach of the Florida State League.

§ Hernandez tested positive for stanozolol.

# Schafer becomes the first player in history to be suspended for current use of hGH by way of non-analytics. At the time of the violation, Schafer was with Double-A Mississippi of the Southern League.

ß Jaspe tested positive for nandrolone metabolites. He was with Single-A Lansing of the Midwest League at the time of the suspension.

Ω The suspension of Reyes was effective at the start of the season for the Single-A Staten Island Yankees of the New York-Penn League.

¤ Jackson was a free agent at the time of the positive test. He will start serving his suspension if signed to another team. In 2007, Jackson pitched in the Washington Nationals organization for Single-A Hagerstown of the South Atlantic League.

∏ Sosa, a former major league player, started the season with the Mets before being DFA on May 13. He signed a minor league contract with the Mariners in July of '08.

∩ Was playing for the Cardinals' Gulf Coast Rookie league.

** All Players part of their respective club's Dominican Summer League Team.

Source: Major League Baseball, Business of Sports Network research


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MLB Doles Out Six PED Suspensions in as Many Days PDF Print E-mail
Written by Maury Brown   
Thursday, 31 July 2008 03:49
MiLBSince Friday of last week, MLB has suspended a total of six minor league players over three clubs (Pirates, Cardinals, and Angels) for performance-enhancing drugs, as part of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. All six players were given 50 game suspensions.

On Friday, Pittsburgh Pirates Minor League players Roman Carrasco and Luis Figuera, both of whom are pitchers for the organization’s Venezuela Summer League team, were given suspensions. Carrasco tested positive for a metabolite of Nandrolone. Figuera tested positive for metabolites of Stanozolol.

Tuesday saw St. Louis Cardinals Minor League players Braulin Beltre, Andres Beras and Yedilson Pena, all of whom are members of the organization’s Dominican Summer League team, get hit with their immediate suspensions. Both Beltre, a pitcher, and Beras, an outfielder, tested positive for a metabolite of Boldenone. Pena, a pitcher, tested positive for metabolites of Stanozolol.

And, Wednesday, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Minor League pitcher Thomas Mendoza received a 50-game suspension for testing positive for an amphetamine. Mendoza is currently with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga of the California League.

The flurry of minor league suspensions, while substantial, is possibly in part due to how testing cycles land. Shortly after the All-Star break last year, four suspensions were doled out over the course of just over two weeks (7/11/07 - Sergio Garcia, Dodgers, 100 games - 7/24/07 - Angel Salome, Brewers, 50 games - 7/27/07 - Thomas A. King, Giants, 50 games - 7/28/07 - Donnie Sadler, Diamondbacks, 50 games).

The largest number of suspensions given out occurred on April 4, 2005. 38 minor league players were suspended after testing positive for performance-enhancing substances. The positive results were announced after 925 tests of players on the 12 major league teams that hold spring training in Arizona and included one offseason result. Thirty-seven players tested positive for the first time and received an unpaid, 15-game suspension, and one player, David Castillo, a catcher with the Oakland A's, tested positive for the third time and was given an unpaid suspension of 60 gms.

Since mandatory drug testing was instituted, a total of 188 suspensions have been doled out across baseball for a total of 6,025 games. 

The following is a summary of drug violations, based upon The Biz of Baseball's detailed Drug Violations page:

2008

2 major leaguers

* 2  - PEDs

 * Eliezer Alfonzo was part of the Giants 40-man roster, but at the time of the suspension was playing at Triple-A Fresno.

* Cota was penalized under the major league drug program, even though he has not been on a major league roster since last June 15, when he was released by the Pittsburgh Pirates. The reason he was covered by the major league plan rather than the minor league program wasn't announced.

15 minor leaguers

9  - PEDs

2 - Amphetamines

1  - Failure to Test

1  - Human Growth Hormone

1  - Stanozolol Metabolites

1 - Drug of Abuse 

2007

8 major leaguers

5 - PEDs

3 - Stimulants (Neifi Perez twice)

29 minor leaguers

17 - PEDs

2 - Failure to Test

8 - Drug of Abuse

2 - Unknown (not identifed by MLB in release)

2006

3 major leaguers

3 - PEDs

24 minor leaguers

21 PEDs

3 - Drug of Abuse

6 Venezuelan Summer League

6 - PEDs

2005

12 major leaguers

12 - PEDs

90 minor leaguers

90 - PEDs

Source: Major League Baseball. Business of Sports Network research

 
Rays Minor Leaguer Suspended 50 Gms for Amphetamines PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 July 2008 20:57

RaysThe Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Tampa Bay Rays Minor League player Matthew Walker has received a 50-game suspension for testing positive for an amphetamine, a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The suspension of Walker will be effective immediately. Walker is currently with Single-A Vero Beach of the Florida State League.

Since mandatory drug testing was instituted, a total of 182 suspensions have been doled out across baseball for a total of 5,725 games. 

The following is a summary of drug violations, based upon The Biz of Baseball's detailed Drug Violations page:

2008

2 major leaguers

* 2  - PEDs

 * Eliezer Alfonzo was part of the Giants 40-man roster, but at the time of the suspension was playing at Triple-A Fresno.

* Cota was penalized under the major league drug program, even though he has not been on a major league roster since last June 15, when he was released by the Pittsburgh Pirates. The reason he was covered by the major league plan rather than the minor league program wasn't announced.

9 minor leaguers

4  - PEDs

1 - Amphetamines

1  - Failure to Test

1  - Human Growth Hormone

1  - Stanozolol Metabolites

1 - Drug of Abuse 

2007

8 major leaguers

5 - PEDs

3 - Stimulants (Neifi Perez twice)

29 minor leaguers

17 - PEDs

2 - Failure to Test

8 - Drug of Abuse

2 - Unknown (not identifed by MLB in release)

2006

3 major leaguers

3 - PEDs

24 minor leaguers

21 PEDs

3 - Drug of Abuse

6 Venezuelan Summer League

6 - PEDs

2005

12 major leaguers

12 - PEDs

90 minor leaguers

90 - PEDs

Source: Major League Baseball. Business of Sports Network research

 
Rockies Minor Leaguer Cota Suspended 50 Gms for PEDs PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 May 2008 03:23

Colorado RockiesThe Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced Wednesday that Colorado Rockies Minor League player Humberto Cota has received a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Cota is currently with Triple-A Colorado Springs. His suspension will be effective immediately.

Since mandatory drug testing was instituted, a total of 180 suspensions have been doled out across baseball for a total of 5,625 games. 

The following is a summary of drug violations, based upon The Biz of Baseball's detailed Drug Violations page:

2008

2 major leaguers

* 2  - PEDs

 * Eliezer Alfonzo was part of the Giants 40-man roster, but at the time of the suspension was playing at Triple-A Fresno.

* Cota was penalized under the major league drug program, even though he has not been on a major league roster since last June 15, when he was released by the Pittsburgh Pirates. The reason he was covered by the major league plan rather than the minor league program wasn't announced.

7 minor leaguers

3  - PEDs

1  - Failure to Test

1  - Human Growth Hormone

1  - Stanozolol Metabolites

1 - Drug of Abuse 

2007

8 major leaguers

5 - PEDs

3 - Stimulants (Neifi Perez twice)

29 minor leaguers

17 - PEDs

2 - Failure to Test

8 - Drug of Abuse

2 - Unknown (not identifed by MLB in release)

2006

3 major leaguers

3 - PEDs

24 minor leaguers

21 PEDs

3 - Drug of Abuse

6 Venezuelan Summer League

6 - PEDs

2005

12 major leaguers

12 - PEDs

90 minor leaguers

90 - PEDs

Source: Major League Baseball. Business of Sports Network research 


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Minor Leaguer Jackson Suspended 50 Games PDF Print E-mail
Written by Maury Brown   
Saturday, 17 May 2008 09:12
MiLBThe Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced Friday that free agent Minor League player Aaron Jackson has received a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspension of Jackson will be effective immediately upon his signing with a new Club.

In 2007, Jackson pitched in the Washington Nationals organization for Single-A Hagerstown of the South Atlantic League.

Since mandatory drug testing was instituted, a total of 178 suspensions have been doled out across baseball for a total of 5,525 games. 

The following is a summary of drug violations, based upon The Biz of Baseball's detailed Drug Violations page:

2008

1 minor leaguers

* 1  - PEDs

 * Eliezer Alfonzo was part of the Giants 40-man roster, but at the time of the suspension was playing at Triple-A Fresno

6 minor leaguers

3  - PEDs

1  - Failure to Test

1  - Human Growth Hormone

1 - Drug of Abuse 

2007

8 major leaguers

5 - PEDs

3 - Stimulants (Neifi Perez twice)

29 minor leaguers

17 - PEDs

2 - Failure to Test

8 - Drug of Abuse

2 - Unknown (not identifed by MLB in release)

2006

3 major leaguers

3 - PEDs

24 minor leaguers

21 PEDs

3 - Drug of Abuse

6 Venezuelan Summer League

6 - PEDs

2005

12 major leaguers

12 - PEDs

90 minor leaguers

90 - PEDs

Source: Major League Baseball. Business of Sports Network research 


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Jays Minor Leaguer Jaspe Suspended 50 Games for PEDs PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 25 April 2008 22:04

Blue JaysThe Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Toronto Blue Jays Minor League player Jonathan Jaspe has received a 50-game suspension, effective immediately, for testing positive for nandrolone metabolites, a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Jaspe is currently with Single-A Lansing of the Midwest League.

Since mandatory drug testing was instituted, a total of 176 suspensions have been doled out across baseball for a total of 5,425 games. 

The following is a summary of drug violations, based upon The Biz of Baseball's detailed Drug Violations page:

2008

5 minor leaguers

3  - PEDs

1  - Failure to Test

1  - Human Growth Hormone

2007

8 major leaguers

5 - PEDs

3 - Stimulants (Neifi Perez twice)

29 minor leaguers

17 - PEDs

2 - Failure to Test

8 - Drug of Abuse

2 - Unknown (not identifed by MLB in release)

2006

3 major leaguers

3 - PEDs

24 minor leaguers

21 PEDs

3 - Drug of Abuse

6 Venezuelan Summer League

6 - PEDs

2005

12 major leaguers

12 - PEDs

90 minor leaguers

90 - PEDs

Source: Major League Baseball. Business of Sports Network research 


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