Posted tagged ‘suspension’

Fausto who? Leo who? MLB will look into bans for ID cases

April 2, 2012

Once Juan Oviedo and Roberto Hernandez — the pitchers formerly known as Leo Nunez and Fausto Carmona, respectively — receive visas allowing them to return to the United States and continue their careers, each likely will be suspended by Major League Baseball for up to six weeks, sources familiar with the cases told ESPN’s Pedro Gomez.

The suspensions for Oviedo, a Miami Marlins reliever, and Hernandez, a Cleveland Indians starter, are believed to be part of negotiations between the U.S. State Department and MLB.

Both pitchers have remained in limbo in their native Dominican Republic since it was discovered that each used a false identity and false age when they signed more than a decade ago.

Once the players are allowed to return, they would be allowed to participate during their suspensions at the respective extended spring training facilities of their big league clubs — Oviedo at the Marlins’ facility in Jupiter, Fla., and Hernandez at the Indians’ facility in Goodyear, Ariz.

The players have been volunteering their time in the Dominican, doing community work with young prospects and imploring them not to take the same route they did when they falsely used others’ identities.

This is insane because now I don’t recognize these players at all without their old names.  I don’t know about you out there reading, but this is pretty freaky. I am not going to lie, I think it is good that the MLB locks down on this policy but I think they are enforcing it way to hard. What is going to be next, let’s look into every single international baseball players age. Livan and Orlando Hernandez are 50 years old now? I don’t know if it is a great idea. But all I know is that recognizing these players will be weird from now on. I have decided I will call myself Nate Trotini if I could make up a name. No one would know, except my mom…

After a long wait, Ryan Braun wins appeal of suspension

February 23, 2012

Via ESPN:

National League MVP Ryan Braun‘s 50-game suspension has been overturned by baseball arbitrator Shyam Das.

The decision was announced Thursday by the Major League Baseball Players Association.

An outfielder for Milwaukee, Braun tested positive in October for elevated testosterone, and ESPN revealed the positive test in December.

No reasoning was given for Thursday’s decision.

“Today the arbitration panel announced its decision, by a 2-1 vote, to sustain Ryan Braun’s grievance challenging his 50-game suspension by the commissioner’s office,” a statement from the players’ association said.

Good news for Ryan and the Brewers. He is one of the faces of the MLB and now is back to being the face of the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers are contenders and can win that division again. Let’s have him report to camp tomorrow and then have another awesome MVP season…

Marquette Guard Juan Anderson out first three games due to suspension

November 14, 2011

Via ESPN:

The NCAA suspended Marquette freshman Juan Anderson for the first three games of the season for accepting a free ticket to a Milwaukee Brewers playoff game.

Marquette said Friday that its compliance staff determined the rules violation, which was immediately self-reported to the NCAA.

Anderson missed the opener against Mount St. Mary’s on Friday night, and also will sit out against Norfolk State on Monday and against Winthrop in the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He is allowed to practice with the team during the suspension.

Marquette said Anderson accepted a free ticket to a suite at a Brewers playoff game from someone other than his parents or legal guardian.

In a news release, the 6-foot-6 recruit from Oakland, Calif., apologized to his teammates and coaches.

“My college eligibility is much too valuable for me to risk,” Anderson said. “I should have been more aware, but I have learned from my mistake.”

Marquette coach Buzz Williams called it “a learning opportunity for everyone in our program.”

“He still must endure the consequences,” Williams said.

…Tonight was the second game he sat out and he could have produced and had some valuable experience tonight. Todd Mayo had 10 pts including a great stretch with under 5 minutes remaining and Anderson could have done the same if he didn’t accept the tickets to the Brewers playoff game. It’s weird that now college students are accepting all these weird gifts and presents now a days. Why do they want everything free? They have education, meals, travel, and now other incentives. We saw how Ohio St, USC, and other programs react to this. I am glad that Anderson only got three games. It could have been much worse but the Golden Eagles need to look ahead and fly into the Paradise Jam…

OJ Mayo has to adjust to improved Grizzlies with suspension over

February 14, 2011

Via NBCSports Pro Basketball Talk:

“The team is not static. It’s fluid. It’s changing constantly,” Hollins said. “He’ll be trying to find out where the team is and trying to catch up to that rhythm. It’s going to be difficult. The team has moved in a positive direction…”

The bench also developed a different identity in Mayo’s absence. The reserves have gone from deferring to Mayo for scoring to following veteran guard Tony Allen‘s lead with gritty, defensive-minded play. The Grizzlies have also enjoyed more ball movement and an effective zone defense from their second unit.

…I am so nervous to see what happens during the next few games. The Grizzles won on a night when Rudy Gay was hurt against the Thunder and Tony Allen had 27 pt in his place and the team has been 8-2 in Mayo’s absence. Not to mention, a guy like Darrell Arthur has come into his own the past few games and has even played more minutes over Mark Gasol down the stretch. Doesn’t that mean something? I love Mayo’s play but it seems like he is now a streaky player who is great when hot and terrible when he is cold. If he can find his role on this team in the next few games, they should be fine. But if he goes back to the OJ Mayo of this year, fans will be screaming: “Memphis we have a problem”…