Connect with us

MLB

Steven Wright suspended 80 games for PED use

Published

on

A familiar face is in trouble with the MLB once again.

Boston Red Sox knuckleball pitcher Steven Wright has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug earlier this offseason.

The 34-year old, who had growth-hormone-releasing peptide 2 (GHRP-2) in his system when tested by the league, denies knowingly taking any banned substance, but accepts the blame for his mistake.

“We couldn’t figure out how this substance got into my body…But at the end of the day, it’s my responsibility. It falls on me.” said Wright.

“It is what it is, and I’ve just got to move on from it…That’s what’s frustrating about it. I worked my butt off this offseason since getting the surgery. I feel like I’m in a good spot. From an offseason drug test, this comes up. I’ve been dealing with it.”

This marks the second straight year that Wright has been punished by the league. He was given a 15-game ban for violating the league’s personal conduct policy in March 2018 over a previous domestic violence arrest involving an incident with his wife Ashley.

Wright posted a 3-1 record, 2.68 ERA, and 1.25 WHIP in 20 games, four starts and 53.1 innings pitched last season.

Baseball

White Sox ink Jose Abreu to lucrative three-year extension

Published

on

Jose Abreu is staying in the Windy City for a few more years.

The Chicago White Sox announced Monday that they have signed the All-Star first baseman to a three-year, $50 million contract extension that includes an immediate $5 million signing bonus, $11 million signing bonus in 2020, $16 million signing bonus in 2021 and a final $18 million bonus in 2022.

“From the moment he stepped into the major leagues, José Abreu has been a leader on the field and in the clubhouse,” said White Sox general manager Rick Hahn.

“He has consistently delivered run production at a historic pace, and with each passing season, his leadership role within our clubhouse – with both American-born and Latin-American players – has repeatedly grown.”

The 32-year old Cuban, who has been with the franchise since 2013, posted a .284 batting average, 33 homers, 38 doubles, 85 runs scored and an American-League best 123 RBI in 159 games during the 2019 season.

This was negotiated after Abreu accepted a $17.8 million qualifying offer, and basically replaces the agreement with a more lucrative one.

Continue Reading

Baseball

Yankees release injured outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, still owe him $26 million

Published

on

The Jacoby Ellsbury era in New York has mercifully come to an end.

The team announced that they have released the veteran outfielder despite still having to pay him $21 million plus an additional $5 million as part of the buyout agreement.

The 36-year old initially signed a a seven-year, $153 million contract with the Yankees in December 2013. His tenure in New York was nothing short of a disaster. For starters, a variety of injuries and a hip surgery forced him to miss 614 out of a possible 1,134 regular season games over six seasons. He hasn’t participated in an MLB game since the 2017 ALCS, which resulted in a seven-game loss to the eventual World Series champion Houston Astros.

He posted a combined .264 batting average, .710 OPS, 39 homers and 198 RBI throughout his time with the Bronx from 2014-2017.

Continue Reading

Baseball

Mets slugger Pete Alonso wins NL Rookie of the Year

Published

on

Well this one was a no-brainer.

As expected, MLB announced that New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso has won the 2019 National League Rookie of the Year Award.

The 24-year old, who had to earn his keep to make the opening day roster, posted a .260 batting average to go a long with a .941 OPS, an MLB rookie-record 53 homers and 120 RBI in 161 games this season.

He was also selected to his first MLB All-Star Game, and won the Home Run Derby over Toronto Blue Jays rookie phenom Vladimir Guerrero Jr in July.

Alonso received 29 of 30 first-place votes to take home the honours on Monday night.

Continue Reading

Trending - Popular