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:
Hey Antonio Bastardo, remember when we competed for a job in 2011. Thx alot. #ahole
— Dan Meyer (@Dmy53) August 5, 2013