BREAKING NEWS Starling Marte Suspended 80 Games (PED)

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    Marte suspended 80 games for PEDs
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    MLB Network discusses the news that Pirates outfielder Starling Marte has been suspended for 80 games for a positive PED test
    By Oliver Macklin / MLB.com | 28 minutes ago
    Pirates outfielder Starling Marte received an 80-game suspension without pay on Tuesday for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

    Marte, hitting .241 with two home runs and seven RBIs in 13 games this season, tested positive for Nandrolone, a performance-enhancing substance, MLB said.

    The suspension, which is effective immediately, makes Marte ineligible for this year's postseason if the Pirates qualify.





    "The Pittsburgh Pirates fully support MLB's Joint Drug Agreement, including the very tough penalties for violations of its prohibitions," Pirates president Frank Coonelly said. "We are disappointed that Starling put himself, his teammates and the organization in this position. We will continue to fight for the division title with the men who are here and will look forward to getting Starling back after the All-Star break."

    Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
     
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    This stuff just seems to keep happening.. I guess one good thing is, this is the one major player I can think of to get busted in some time. I don't know why some players still think they are going to get away with this crap.. As a Cardinals fans I love it because that just makes the Pirates that much weaker.. As a Baseball fan it pisses me off because the guy is such a talent and now you won't see him for a while..

    I could only think what the front office and Pirate fans are thinking.. The Pirates might be fine because they have the likes of Austin Meadows, there top position prospect in Triple A. However the young prospect just got out of a slump and don't know if you would be ready for the show.. I guess this would be the best time to test it.



    Austin Meadows | Rank: 2 (Preseason: 2)
    Team: Indianapolis Indians (AAA)ETA: 2017Position: OFAge: 21 DOB: 05/03/1995Bats: L Throws: LHeight: 6' 3" Weight: 200 lb.Drafted: 2013, 1st (9) - PITOther Lists: Top 100 Prospects (#7), Top 10 OF Prospects (#2)
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    Scouting grades: Hit: 60 | Power: 50 | Run: 60 | Arm: 40 | Field: 60 | Overall: 60
    Since being a top 10 pick back in 2013, Meadows' pro career has been one of contradiction. On the one hand, the toolsy outfielder has had trouble staying healthy, with hamstring issues, a broken orbital bone and an oblique injury that prevented him from going to the Arizona Fall League in 2016, all keeping him off the field. At the same time, the Georgia native reached Triple-A at age 21, which is well ahead of the curve.

    The main reason Meadows has been able to move so quickly despite the interruptions has been his advanced approach at the plate and his innate ability to hit for average regardless of time away. He has a very smooth left-handed swing, one that has largely featured a hit-first approach, though the power started to show up a bit more in 2016. He draws walks and does not strike out a ton, though he struggled a bit in Triple-A for the first time. Meadows' reads and routes in center field have improved, and he should be an outstanding defender there with an accurate, albeit slightly below-average, arm.

    Part of the reason rumors spread about the Pirates' willingness to trade Andrew McCutchen during the offseason was because Meadows is nearly ready. Room in Pittsburgh's outfield will have to be made soon enough.


     

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