I remember when MLB implemented its newer, harsher drug penalties, I applauded the seriousness with which they were treating the issue. I also remember thinking that the increasing penalties for multiple offenses were stern, but would probably never be needed. After all, what player is going to test positive a second time for a performance-enhancing drug, let alone a third? Once should be plenty to turn things around.

But, well, it happened:

Mejia first tested positive for a steroid in April of last year. Since then, he’s flunked tests twice more. Now he’s out of Major League Baseball for his career. He’s just 26, and he’s never made serious money, having missed out on most of his salary last year with suspensions, and now he’ll miss out on the $2.5 million he was set to make in 2016. Extremely expensive mistakes.

Mejia was also set to be an important piece of the Mets’ bullpen, as he’s really good when he’s, you know, allowed to play.




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