By: Nick Wells
A basic understanding of the rules of baseball tell me that when a player takes three strikes, he is considered out. When there are three outs, the hitting team isn’t allowed to hit anymore. When you are caught three times using illegal substances that enhance your abilities, you are banned from baseball for life. However, this ban allows a chance for reinstatement after a year, making the “for life” part of the ban kind of a joke.
Jenrry Mejia, the 29-year old Mets right hander has battled suspensions after testing positive for stanozolol and boldenone multiple times. Manfred hit him with the lifetime ban after his third positive test in 2016. The commissioner has decided to give Mejia another chance and has allowed a conditional reinstatement that could have him pitching for the Mets again next year. His “lifetime” ban lasted two years and five months. That’s a pretty short lifespan I you ask me.
Most people that have been punished with the lifetime ban have been reinstated before their career could end/or their actual death so why exactly is it called the lifetime ban or permanent ban from baseball? Pete Rose is the only person to be refused reinstatement following their ban since the death of the MLB’s first commissioner, Kenesaw Mountain Landis. Landis was the hand of the law that forced gambling out of the game following the Black Sox scandal in the 1919 World Series. He also suspended more players during his tenure than all of his successors combined. His ghost probably haunts Pete Rose for gambling on baseball games. He ruled with an iron fist, and Kenesaw Mountain Landis would never allow Mejia the chance to be reinstated. Instead, Mejia will be allowed to get away with being caught with performance enhancing drugs three times, and then be able to return after serving a (hamster’s) lifetime ban away from baseball.
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