It was a week ago that the Blue Jays fanbase, and the baseball world in general, were rocked with the revelation that first baseman Chris Colabello had tested positive for Performance Enhancing Drug (PED) use, had lost his appeal, and would be suspended for 80 games and ineligible for play in the post season. I think it may have come as a bit of a surprise to people, given the way he’d started the season (batting .069!), but he’d known about the positive test since the middle of March so it would make sense that he could be mentally effected.
Colabello had a breakout year last year, platooning with Justin Smoak at first base, and adding a powerful bat and solid defensive play… like this:
And in fact, why don’t we have a look at a few more of his highlights from last season? I mean, why not torture ourselves by looking again at what we’ll be without for half the season?
Okay… I’m a little more bummed out after watching that. I can’t imagine how bummed Marlins fans are right now, though.
See, while the Jays have options at first base, the Marlins will be hard-pressed to replace a player like Dee Gordon, last year’s NL batting champion, and recipient of both the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards at second base in the NL.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 29, 2016
Yeah, he’s kind of a big deal. And on top of that, he inked a 5-year $50 million contract in January… And in the first season of that, he got nailed for PED’s. It’s also worth noting that this season is the first that legendary slugger Barry Bonds has been working as the Marlins’ hitting coach. Of course, Bonds’s legacy has been plagued by accusations of PED use, so… Well, I don’t want to point fingers, but it makes you wonder a little bit. In case you’re not familiar with Gordon, here’s a little highlight pack of his work from last season:
Here’s what Gordon had to say. To nobody’s surprise, he didn’t “knowingly” take PEDs.
And this was the reaction from Marlins President David Samson, according to ESPN:
“Dee Gordon is a very important part of our team, and we all love him and support him,” Marlins president David Samson said. “That said, I don’t like or condone what he did. He is an important member of this organization and will be for many years to come. It’s a huge, huge disappointment to the kids, to our fans, to his teammates and to everyone in our organization every single day.
“He will be back 80 games from now, and he will be welcomed back to this organization. But in the interim period, we expect him and we are positive that he will do everything that’s necessary to make it up to his fans, to his teammates and to this organization.”
Now I guess the only question to ask is… Who will be next?!