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Steven Wright suspended 80 games for PED use

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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.

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Red Sox legend David Ortiz elected to Baseball Hall of Fame as part of 2022 class

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The results for this year’s Baseball Hall of Fame voting are in!

Longtime Boston Red Sox great David Ortiz was announced as the lone player to be elected into the Hall of Fame as part of the 2022 class. He was just the fourth primary designated hitter to get voted in, and only the 58th player inducted in his first year of consideration.

Ortiz, who was on the ballot for the first time this year, received 77.5% of votes from the Baseball Writers Association of America (surpassing the 75% threshold required to make it into Cooperstown).

The 46-year old was beyond excited about getting voted into the Hall of Fame, but admits the thought of even being good enough never entered his mind back when he began his professional baseball career.

“It’s something I really never dreamed of it,” said Ortiz.

“I was the type of player, I know I got the talent, but all I was looking for was the opportunity to be an everyday player.”

Ortiz, a native of Dominican Republic, posted a .286 batting average, .931 OPS, 541 homers and 1768 RBI over a span of 20 seasons and 2408 combined games split between the Minnesota Twins and Red Sox from 1997-2016.

During his illustrious career, he was selected to 10 MLB All-Star games, and was a seven-time Silver Slugger Award winner, three-time World Series champion, three-time AL RBI leader, and a two-time AL Hank Aaron Award winner. He also has a World Series MVP, ALCS MVP, and AL Home Run award winner under his belt.

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Jaime Vieira makes history, becomes first female coach in Blue Jays organization

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The Toronto Blue Jays have made headlines despite there being a Major League baseball shutdown. And yes, it’s for all the right reasons!

The organization announced that they have hired Georgetown, Ontario native Jaime Vieira as a minor league hitting coach. This marks the first time in Blue Jays history that the team has ever had a female in a coaching role.

Vieira has been with the club since she was brought on as a programs specialist with the Jays Care Foundation back in 2019. She was previously a player and coach with the Toronto-based Humber Hawks, and has a Master of Science degree from York University.

No word yet on which affiliate she will be spending her time with.

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MLB enters a lockout for first time since 1995

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Well it’s official.

After failing to agree to a new collective bargaining agreement by midnight, the MLB has formally announced a lock out of its players. It’s the league’s first work stoppage in 26 years, which took place for nearly eight months between August 12, 1994 – April 2, 1995.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred released a letter to fans, urging them to remain positive and hopeful as negotiations between the league and the players association get underway.

“We believe that an offseason lockout is the best mechanism to protect the 2022 season,” wrote Manfred.

“We hope that the lockout will jumpstart the negotiations and get us to an agreement that will allow the season to start on time. This defensive lockout was necessary because the players’ association’s vision for Major League Baseball would threaten the ability of most teams to be competitive.”

During this process, teams will not be able to sign or trade players. However, clubs will be allowed to pay players any bonuses they are owed in the coming weeks or months. Players are not allowed to train or work out at club facilities, and are allowed to sign with other leagues assuming the strike lasts deep enough into the offseason.

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