Steroid Suspensions in Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball Players Suspended for Using Performance Enhancing Drugs

BALCO stands for Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative, a San Francisco, California company founded by Victor Conte. According to the U.S. Government, BALCO branched out into other areas including distribution of banned performance enhancing drugs. The "nutritional supplements" being sold by BALCO were illegal under olympic rules and track athletes were soon tested by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. During the BALCO steroid scandal, allegations that top baseball and football players had used illegal performance enhancing drugs were brought to light.

Major League Baseball had an established steroid policy which was created in 2002. Under this old policy, a first time offense would only result in treatment for the player. Not one player was ever suspended. After the BALCO scandal, Major League Baseball finally decided to buckle down and issue harsher penalties for steroid users. The new policy, which was accepted by Major League Baseball players and owners, was issued at the start of the 2005 season and goes as follows:

The first positive test will result in a suspension of up to ten days. The second positive test will result in a suspension of thirty days. The third positive test will result in a suspension of sixty days. The fourth positive test will result in a suspension of one full year. Finally, the fifth positive test will result in a penalty at the discretion of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball. Players will be tested at least once per year, with a chance that several players can be tested numerous times per year.

Bud Selig, the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, virtually created the existing policy and in light of recent evidence, has proposed even tougher penalties for positive tests than the ones in place today. The new penalties that Bud Selig has proposed are a "three strikes and you're out approach" which goes as follows:

The first positive test would result in a fifty game suspension. The second positive test would result in a one-hundred game suspension. Finally, the third positive test would result in a lifetime suspension from Major League Baseball.

These new proposed penalties are much harsher than either of the first two; however, they must be accepted by both the players union and owners before any changes can be made. Under the current policy, the first Major League ballplayers have been suspended for testing positive. The players suspended for violating Major League Baseball's drug program are listed below in chronological order.

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"I am truly saddened by today's events. I have known Rafael Palmeiro for many years. He is a fine person, a great player and a true asset to his community. I know from personal experience that his accomplishments are due to hard work and his dedication to the game. I know that Rafael will accept the penalty under Baseball's important Drug Policy and that he will return to be a productive member of the Orioles." - Baltimore Orioles Owner Peter Angelos on MLB.com (08/01/2005, Press Release)

Steroid Suspensions in 2005
(Includes ALL Performance Enhancing Drug Suspensions)

Major League Baseball Steroid Suspensions Appear In Chronological Order

1.
04-03-2005
AL (1)
OF (1)
10 Day Suspension
2.
04-11-2005
NL (1)
OF (2)
10 Day Suspension
3.
04-20-2005
AL (2)
P (1)
10 Day Suspension
4.
04-26-2005
AL (3)
OF (3)
10 Day Suspension
5.
05-02-2005
AL (4)
P (2)
10 Day Suspension
6.
07-08-2005
AL (5)
P (3)
10 Day Suspension
7.
08-01-2005
AL (6)
1B (1)
10 Day Suspension
8.
08-02-2005
AL (7)
P (4)
10 Day Suspension
9.
09-07-2005
AL (8)
SS (1)
10 Day Suspension
10.
10-04-2005
AL (9)
P (4)
10 Day Suspension
11.
10-18-2005
NL (2)
P (5)
10 Day Suspension
12.
11-02-2005
AL (10)
OF (4)
10 Day Suspension

Steroid Suspensions in 2006
(Includes ALL Performance Enhancing Drug Suspensions)

Major League Baseball Steroid Suspensions Appear In Chronological Order

1.
Yusaku Iriki (b)
04-28-2006
NL (1)
P (1)
50 Game Suspension
2.
06-12-2006
NL (2)
P (2)
50 Game Suspension
3.
11-01-2006
NL (3)
P (3)
50 Game Suspension

Steroid Suspensions in 2007
(Includes ALL Performance Enhancing Drug Suspensions)

Major League Baseball Steroid Suspensions Appear In Chronological Order

1.
05-07-2007
AL (1)
P (1)
50 Game Suspension
2.
07-06-2007
AL (2)
SS (1)
25 Game Suspension
3.
08-03-2007
AL (3)
SS (2)
80 Game Suspension
4.
09-07-2007
NL (1)
C (1)
25 Game Suspension
5.
10-31-2007
NL (2)
OF (1)
25 Game Suspension
6.
11-27-2007
NL (3)
P (2)
50 Game Suspension
7.
12-06-2007
AL (3)
OF (2)
15 Game Suspension
8.
12-06-2007
AL (4)
OF (3)
15 Game Suspension

Steroid Suspensions in 2008
(Includes ALL Performance Enhancing Drug Suspensions)

Major League Baseball Steroid Suspensions Appear In Chronological Order

1.
04-30-2008
NL (1)
C (1)
50 Game Suspension

Steroid Suspensions in 2009
(Includes ALL Performance Enhancing Drug Suspensions)

Major League Baseball Steroid Suspensions Appear In Chronological Order

1.
01-06-2009
AL (1)
P (1)
50 Game Suspension
2.
01-06-2009
NL (1)
P (2)
50 Game Suspension
3.
05-07-2009
NL (2)
OF (1)
50 Game Suspension
4.
06-11-2009
NL (3)
IF (1)
50 Game Suspension

Steroid Suspensions in 2010
(Includes ALL Performance Enhancing Drug Suspensions)

Major League Baseball Steroid Suspensions Appear In Chronological Order

1.
04-20-2010
NL (1)
P (1)
50 Game Suspension
2.
08-20-2010
NL (2)
C (1)
50 Game Suspension

Steroid Suspensions in 2011
(Includes ALL Performance Enhancing Drug Suspensions)

Major League Baseball Steroid Suspensions Appear In Chronological Order

1.
04-08-2011
AL (1)
OF (1)
100 Game Suspension
2.
08-18-2011
NL (1)
1B (1)
50 Game Suspension

Steroid Suspensions in 2012
(Includes ALL Performance Enhancing Drug Suspensions)

Major League Baseball Steroid Suspensions Appear In Chronological Order

1.
05-07-2012
NL (1)
P (1)
100 Game Suspension
2.
06-19-2012
NL (2)
IF (1)
50 Game Suspension
3.
06-25-2012
Free Agent (1)
n/a
OF (1)
50 Game Suspension
4.
08-15-2012
NL (3)
OF (2)
50 Game Suspension
5.
08-22-2012
AL (1)
P (2)
50 Game Suspension
6.
11-07-2012
NL (4)
C (1)
50 Game Suspension

Steroid Suspensions in 2013
(Includes ALL Performance Enhancing Drug Suspensions)

Major League Baseball Steroid Suspensions Appear In Chronological Order

1.
07-22-2013
NL (1)
OF (1)
"Remainder of Season"
2.
08-05-2013
NL (2)
P (1)
50 Game Suspension
3.
08-05-2013
NL (3)
SS (1)
50 Game Suspension
4.
08-05-2013
AL (1)
C (1)
50 Game Suspension
5.
08-05-2013
AL (2)
OF (2)
50 Game Suspension
6.
08-05-2013
NL (4)
P (2)
50 Game Suspension
7.
08-05-2013
AL (3)
P (3)
50 Game Suspension
8.
08-05-2013
AL (4)
OF (3)
50 Game Suspension
9.
08-05-2013
AL (5)
C (2)
50 Game Suspension
10.
08-05-2013
Free Agent (1)
n/a
P (4)
50 Game Suspension
11.
08-05-2013
AL (6)
SS (2)
50 Game Suspension
12.
08-05-2013
AL (7)
3B (1)
211 Game Suspension
13.
08-05-2013
NL (5)
IF/OF (1)
50 Game Suspension
14.
08-17-2013
AL (8)
3B (2)
105 Game Suspension
15.
12-20-2013
AL (9)
P (5)
25 Game Suspension

Steroid Suspensions in 2014
(Includes ALL Performance Enhancing Drug Suspensions)

Major League Baseball Steroid Suspensions Appear In Chronological Order

1.
03-24-2014
AL (1)
P (1)
50 Game Suspension

Steroid Suspensions in 2015
(Includes ALL Performance Enhancing Drug Suspensions)

In Chronological Order

1.
03-27-2015
AL (1)
P (1)
80 Game Suspension
2.
04-03-2015
AL (2)
P (2)
80 Game Suspension
3.
04-11-2015
NL (1)
P (3)
80 Game Suspension
4.
04-20-2015
NL (2)
P (4)
80 Game Suspension
5.
07-28-2015
NL (3)
P (5)
162 Game Suspension
6.
09-12-2015
NL (4)
C (1)
80 Game Suspension

Steroid Suspensions in 2016
(Includes ALL Performance Enhancing Drug Suspensions)

Major League Baseball Steroid Suspensions Appear In Chronological Order

1.
02-12-2016
NL (1)
P (1)
Permanent Suspension
2.
02-26-2016
AL (1)
OF (1)
80 Game Suspension
3.
04-14-2016
NL (2)
P (2)
80 Game Suspension
4.
04-22-2016
AL (2)
1B (1)
80 Game Suspension
5.
04-29-2016
NL (3)
2B (1)
80 Game Suspension
6.
05-02-2016
NL (4)
P (3)
80 Game Suspension
7.
05-10-2016
AL (3)
SS (1)
50 Game Suspension
8.
06-01-2016
AL (4)
OF (2)
162 Game Suspension
9.
06-16-2016
NL (5)
P (4)
80 Game Suspension

Steroid Suspensions in 2017
(Includes ALL Performance Enhancing Drug Suspensions)

Major League Baseball Steroid Suspensions Appear In Chronological Order

1.
04-18-2017
NL (1)
OF (1)
80 Game Suspension
2.
07-01-2017
NL (2)
P (1)
80 Game Suspension

Steroid Suspensions in 2018
(Includes ALL Performance Enhancing Drug Suspensions)

Major League Baseball Steroid Suspensions Appear In Chronological Order

1.
02-07-2018
NL (1)
C (1)
80 Game Suspension
2.
03-11-2018
AL (1)
OF (1)
80 Game Suspension
3.
03-18-2018
AL (2)
SS (1)
80 Game Suspension
4.
05-15-2018
AL (3)
2B (1)
80 Game Suspension
5.
05-24-2018
AL (4)
C (2)
80 Game Suspension

Steroid Suspensions in 2019
(Includes ALL Performance Enhancing Drug Suspensions)

Major League Baseball Steroid Suspensions Appear In Chronological Order

1.
01-16-2019
AL (1)
P (1)
80 Game Suspension
2.
03-06-2019
AL (2)
P (2)
80 Game Suspension
3.
05-02-2019
Free Agent (1)
n/a
C (1)
80 Game Suspension
4.
06-21-2019
AL (3)
P (3)
80 Game Suspension
5.
08-06-2019
AL (4)
IF (1)
80 Game Suspension
6.
09-07-2019
AL (5)
P (4)
60 Game Suspension

Steroid Suspensions in 2020
(Includes ALL Performance Enhancing Drug Suspensions)

Major League Baseball Steroid Suspensions Appear In Chronological Order

1.
02-17-2020
AL (1)
P (1)
162 Game Suspension
2.
05-01-2020
AL (2)
P (2)
80 Game Suspension
3.
06-28-2020
NL (1)
P (3)
80 Game Suspension
4.
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Major League Baseball Steroid Suspensions | Bold Print=Named in Mitchell Report
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(a) The third player suspended by Major League Baseball in 2005 was Agustin Montero of the Texas Rangers who was on the 40-man roster during Spring Training when he violated the drug policy. As he had not yet played a Major League game his career stats were not available and wasn't yet officially a Major League player, but since he was on a Major League roster he was included in the list. (b) The first in 2006 was the Japanese player suspended for a positive steroid test and also a Spring Training player who made it to the New York Mets 40-man roster. (c) A lot of Internet chatter (meaning rumors) took place when Mike Cameron was suspended in 2007, but both Cameron & Major League Baseball confirmed he was suspended not for a steroid, but for a stimulant listed in the PED chart. (d) Official Press Release announced rather than take the 100 day suspension Manny Ramirez chose to retire from active player status, but would face the suspension if he returned to Major League Baseball. (e) Mike Jacobs was the first player to test positive for and be suspended for using human growth hormone (HGH). (f) The reduced suspension was due to a positive test for a Diuretic (Hydrochlorothiazide).

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If Baseball Almanac were in position to create policy we would have suggested that at the start of the regular season every Major League player on a roster would be tested for a clearly defined set of drugs two weeks before Opening Day . If found positive, they would be suspended without pay— for the entire season . One more positive test and they would be banned from the game of baseball. Another test would occur the day before the All-Star Game and a final test on the last day of the season. Same results for each of the final two tests. Players who use these drugs have done more harm to our national pastime than any group since the 1919 "Black" Sox . Agree? Disagree? Share your opinion on Baseball Fever .

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