Report: Bastardo Suspended 50 Games for Part in Biogenesis



The big names we knew; Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, Nelson Cruz. But now, we’re finding out some of the other names, which includes a Philadelphia Phillie.

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Antonio Bastardo will serve a 50-game suspension as part of his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. The 27-year-old lefty was having a solid season, sporting a 2.27 ERA in 48 games. His contract was for $1.4 million this season, but he will not be paid as part of the suspension.

Be honest, does anyone care? If the players truly wanted PEDs out of the game, they would have had a stipulation in the CBA proving as such. But they don’t, so players take the chance of the 50 game suspension. This is basically an unpaid vacation for Bastardo. Hopefully he can figure out a way to pitch well again next season while not on the juice.

Dan Meyer, a former Phillies reliever and New Jersey native, had this to say about a guy who beat him out for a spot in the bullpen a few seasons ago:




  1. Alex M.

    August 5, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I think it is a little concerning for the Phils more than Bastardo, if he cannot return to how he was this season the Phillies will have to find a top left reliever. It hurts them a lot more than Bastardo.

  2. RatBastardNJ

    August 5, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I think many will make a joke of this especially since it is a player that it is difficult for the Phillies fans to rally behind…has he even been interviewed? But this is the third player (Chooch and Romero) that has been suspended for PEDs in the past few years. I feel the Phillies management and ownership need to do more on their part to clean up this mess so that it does not embarrass the team any further.

    • Zach

      August 5, 2013 at 1:36 pm

      rat dont forget galvis last year while on the dl

      • RatBastardNJ

        August 5, 2013 at 2:10 pm

        I did forget…thats 4 in just a few years…management must do more on their part.

      • Joefa

        August 5, 2013 at 6:07 pm

        Add into this thread, multiple Phillies minor leaguers who have been suspended for drug violations.

        This has long been a curiously, unreported aspect of the organization. I’m not sure if it is just an unfortunate series of circumstances or a culture within the organization?

  3. Mike

    August 5, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    I don’t see how they helped, either. I mean if he took them when he was closing for a half a year, 2 years ago, I would understand. But after that he has been struggling.

    • Alex M.

      August 5, 2013 at 1:49 pm

      I know a lot of people do not like him but how can you say that Bastardo is struggling this season? He is one of the best relievers in the league this season, an ERA of 2.27 is very good.

    • devin

      August 5, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      The person who wrote this “article” glossed over the fact that that is EXACTLY when Bastardo is accused of having taken steroids.

      • EricL

        August 5, 2013 at 3:15 pm

        Why is the word article in quotes?

  4. devin

    August 5, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    “Hopefully he can figure out a way to pitch well again next season while not on the juice.”

    This is a stupid comment. The Biogenesis stuff is from 2009, Biogenesis is closed. Bastardo is not CURRENTLY on the juice.

  5. devin

    August 5, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    I should qualify that statement by saying that Bastardo totally could still be on steroids. I guess. But he hasn’t failed a recent drug test so we don’t have any more reason to be suspicious of his 2013 results than we do of any other player.

  6. Mary Pat

    August 5, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    What Alex M. said! Bastardo can be a bit unnerving, but an ERA of 2.27 is terrific! OF COURSE he’s suspended. Phillies cannot catch a damn break this year!

    • EricL

      August 5, 2013 at 3:16 pm

      I would argue this is a break. Bastardo doesn’t waste his arm in a meaningless year, his arbitration award is perhaps a bit lower and the Phillies will get to see more young bullpen arms to evaluate their chances for next year.

      Plus their draft pick for next year probably just got a little better too!

      Silver linings, folks!

  7. Chuck A.

    August 5, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    So THIS explains why his ass is so damn large!

    • Johanna

      August 5, 2013 at 2:18 pm

      Chuck A – that was my very first thought! LOL Largest Ass in baseball you can see that thing coming a mile away.

  8. RatBastardNJ

    August 5, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Also explains why RAJ might not have pushed a Paplebon trade…Bastardo was the only other option to close.

    • Andrew from Waldorf

      August 5, 2013 at 2:19 pm

      Not a lot of save opportunities for teams that win 2 games in 3 weeks.

      And that’s what the Phillies have won in the last 3 weeks.

      Ill be the closer and all I will need for compensation is a few cheese steaks and some beer.

      Could save millions

    • hk

      August 5, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      This may explain why he didn’t trade Papelbon, but it would be a poor explanation. They should not be worried about who closes in the meaningless games before this season ends. They should be worried about who closes – and at what cost – in 2014 and beyond.

  9. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 5, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    They help a lot.

    Look at JC Romeros stats in 07 and 08.

    I am thankful for that trip to the drug store. It was a big part of the WS win.

    Look at Ruiz. When he was hitting clean up last year!!!!!!
    People just thought was eating his Wheaties?

    Ruiz is probably the only player ever though that I think went on them to help the team be better more so than himself.

    But you see what happens when they get caught or go off them. Romero is in the minors and probably will never ever return to the majors and Ruiz has 1 homer.

    They work.

    Even if it is just the mental part and the confidence it builds.
    That’s why they fall off so much when they come back.
    They lose the mental edge of thinking you have something no one else has.

    Brauns career will fall off drasticly and rapidly.

    Also weird that its the latin American players who seem to always get caught.

    Foolish to think they are the only ones juicing.
    But I guess they don’t get the stuff you can mask so easy.

    Phillies going no where anyway so this isn’t a big deal.
    And expect him to be more like 2012 JC Romero than 2008 JC Romero in the future.

    • Mike in NJ

      August 5, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      IIRC Chooch was taking ADHD meds, not roids/HGH.

      I think the Bastardo we’ve seen this year and last is the real Bastardo…a decent, but not dominate LH bullpen pitcher. He was on the juice a few years ago when he was unhittable.

    • George

      August 5, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      Also, Ramirez had no idea what he was taking contained steroids. His downhill slide was probably due mostly to getting old.

      • George

        August 5, 2013 at 3:27 pm

        I meant Romero, not Ramirez. Must have been thinking of the gut the Phils just designated.

    • Brian

      August 5, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      “Look at JC Romeros stats in 07 and 08.”

      The only thing that stands out about his stat lines those 2 years are his ludicrously low BABIP, and his insanely high LOB%. I think luck did a lot more for Romero those 2 years than roids ever could.

  10. Hogey's Role

    August 5, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Too bad.. I actually really like bastardo, always have since he came up as a starter…

    It’ll be interesting to see what happens but I think we should keep him long term, he’s a very good lefty reliever, though he’s wild sometimes, he’s effective… effectively wild lol…

    As someone mentioned before this will benefit us in being able to see what our other young lefty relievers can do it given the opportunity in the show… it also might help us lose some more games and get us into the top 10 for the draft… optimism baby!!!

  11. Mike in NJ

    August 5, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Not surprising. Remember two years ago when he had a 95 MPH fastball and set or nearly set a record of lowest opponent BA? He’s not even 30 yet, so there’s really no other explanation IMO for a 4-5 MPH dropoff on the fastball.

    • EricL

      August 5, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      First, fastball velocity for pitchers peaks in their early twenties and goes downhill from there. See this:

      Second, Bastardo has not lost 4-5 MPH. He’s lost 1.7 MPH on his fastball over the last 4 years.

      Average fastball speed:
      2010 (age 24): 93.4 MPH
      2011 (age 25): 92.5 MPH
      2012 (age 26): 91.7 MPH
      2013 (age 27): 91.7 MPH

  12. Bob D

    August 5, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    He thought they were offering PEZZ candy instead of PED’s

    • Hogey's Role

      August 5, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      Easy that is gonna be a-roids next excuse lol

  13. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    August 5, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Just shows the young kids that cheating is ok, just a slap on the wrist. The fifty games without pay really don’t hurt these guys. Now if that was you or I, we’d be dead in the water financially, lose our job, and might even do a little time. Pathetic.

    • EricL

      August 5, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      We’d do a little time for buying substances from an aging clinic?

      You know these things are all over the place, right? And that most of them are totally legal, if a little shady? I mean, check out this advertisement for one of them:

      Ripped grandpa isn’t going to jail.

      I’d also argue that losing 30% of your salary is a big deal, regardless of how much you make. Obviously it’s less of a deal for someone with a ton in career earnings like Braun or Rodriguez, but Bastardo is losing ~$432,000 in salary, which is 85% of what he made last year and ~16% of his career earnings to date. That’s got to hurt for a guy who probably structured his life around his salary.

      • "Big Ed" Delahanty

        August 5, 2013 at 4:17 pm

        I understand that growth hormone and some lesser testosterone boosters are legal. I’m simply drawing an analogy. These types of PEDs are illegal in the MLB, just as steroids are in society. I was equating the two, not trying to equate the substance themselves, but the legality. Obviously, test boosters and the such are legal in the country. I also understand thirty percent of ones salary hurts, but when your making 400k still for throwing a ball, while integral positions in society rarely pay that much, only 2% make that, then for the other 90%+ of us working people who construct, engineer, move finances, teach children, heal people, etc. youre damn right it hurts. Spare me the pathos for these guys. Ryan Howard makes around 40k a game. It’s a travesty that we pay sports players and entertainers such exorbitant salaries. Shame on us for fueling it.

  14. Mike B.

    August 5, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    I understand how Dan Meyer feels, but at the same time, Bastardo’s use of PEDs wasn’t the reason Meyer was not a good pitcher.

    • Hogey's Role

      August 5, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      Yeah Dan Meyer really wasn’t too good, as a major leaguer anyway

  15. George

    August 5, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    I’ll wait until anouncements are actually made before I condemn Bastardo.

    It does look, though, like he cheated, and that would be plain disgusting.

    I really don’t think any of this sets any kind of example. Cheaters are cheaters, honest people aren’t. What it does, though, is when a player puts up a few good years due to PEDs, he can gain a contract so large that any suspension is a drop in the bucket. Teams should have the option of cancelling later years of a long contract when a drug related suspension goes down in the early going.

    • Brian

      August 5, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      ” Teams should have the option of cancelling later years of a long contract when a drug related suspension goes down in the early going.”

      I see where you’re coming from, but I think helps the team too much. Most contracts are are backloaded, so allowing a team to void a long term contract like that wouldn’t be fair.

      If say the Yankees, sign a guy like Arod to a huge contract that’s likely to look really bad by the end of it, but provides great surplus value in the early years, allowing them to cancel said contract halfway through isn’t fair to the other 29 teams who (wisely) weren’t willing to give the guy so much money on the tail end of the contract. The team would have reaped all the rewards of the contract without having to face the inevitable consequence.

      By allowing teams to cancel contracts, you’re arbitrarily picking winners; winners that were at least not doing enough to prevent steroid use in the first place.

    • Hogey's Role

      August 5, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      I agree teams should have the option to cancel years and money on a contract after a player is suspended…

      • EricL

        August 5, 2013 at 5:27 pm

        Why do people side with the billionaire owners who steal money directly from their own pockets rather than the players who have to negotiate their salaries and have a career-life span of something like 10-15 years, and less on average?

        You know that tax money is taken directly out of your pockets to pay for all the new stadia around baseball, and that your cable bill is artificially inflated each month because companies like Comcast and Fox have given billions of dollars to these owners, who give less and less to the players, right? I mean, player compensation as a percentage of baseball revenues is at a multi-decade low, and the lowest of all 4 major sports, while revenues across baseball franchises as a whole are at record highs.

        Meanwhile Bastardo is linked to some shady clinic because he wants to throw a baseball a little better to help his team out and people want to send him to the gulag. This whole business of vilifying the players while ignoring the straight out theft the owners have been perpetuating on fans, and, worse, non-fan residents of cities in which they operate, is so strange to me.

      • Lefty

        August 5, 2013 at 6:30 pm

        I actually don’t think teams should get a break. I think that’s unfair to the other teams. I think they should have to pay the money into some kind of fund to help players stop this stuff. And they should still get charged toward their LT threshold.

        If ARoid was given a lifetime suspension. do you realize the break that would be for the Yankees?

        I put this “example” out somewhere the other day, might’ve been here, I can’t remember-
        if Arod gets a lifetime ban for doing steroids, the Yankees could get total salary relief for it.

        Ryan Howard doesn’t use, he’s just getting old and injured, and can’t contribute like he used to. He could use the juice to prolong his career but he doesn’t. The Phillies get NO salary relief.

        One guy cheats and his team gets a break, they can now spend all they want.
        The other guy doesn’t but his team has to pay, and stay under the threshold.
        Think about that-

      • Double Trouble Del

        August 5, 2013 at 11:01 pm

        Eric, he who has the gold makes the rules…been that way for centuries. Unless you propose a return of the game to the proletariat? Intriguing.

  16. Carlos Danger

    August 5, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    I know they’d never do it, but it would be cool if the Phillies offered refund vouchers like the Brewers did. This season has been a train wreck, and the blame can be shared from top to bottom. At least there’s some comfort in knowing that RAJ (scientifically proven to be one of the best GMs in the sport) is working hard to make this team a force once again.

  17. Ken Bland

    August 7, 2013 at 10:28 am

    A little more on the quote front this morning from Pete Rose this morning, Wednesday, 2 days after the shoe finally fell after weeks of “suspense.” Pete informed us that A Rod should admit his mistakes. Sharing publicity with Rose was Denny McLain. McLain offered the opinion that Jhonny (shuddup, spellcheck, I spelled it right) Peralta was being selfish by taking his suspension now rather than at a time when it was better for the Tiger franchise.

    That there probably isn’t a clearly right time to take any of these suspensions without an easy land on the devil’s advocate square is besides the point.

    The point is that you aren’t gonna change the world, which marches to the beat of the media acting as though the public is attracted to fallen stars, the guilt shamed, those sort of folks.

    But personally, I think such an approach is comical. I remember back in the day when cocaine was said to be floating around the bigs, and a name player was caught (not that he was alone) and he either did, or intended to do anti drug spots. The sham of that was just one person’s opinion, I’d have rather the message be conveyed by a player of similar magnitude who had never fallen to the peer pressure.

    So I’m sure the names of Rose and McLain attracted many eyeballs, but to me, it is completely laughable that anyone would care what either of those 2 would have to say on the subject. At what point did either of those 2 develop qualifications on who should do what? Maybe on others playing skills as a baseball player, but that’s the limit. Either one would give you a nice glad hand and make you feel warm and fuzzy if you met them, and that’s okay, but there are limits to what they should be commenting on.

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