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Fact: Jennry Mejia doesn’t learn from his mistakes

516769Excuse the painfully obvious pun, but Jennry Mejia has racked up three strikes and he’s out.

And he did so in quick order.

The Mets’ former closer has been handed a permanent ban for a third violation of Major League Baseball’s performance-enhancing drug policy, the league announced Friday. While Mejia isn’t the first baseball player to be given a permanent or indefinite suspension for drug use (Ferguson Jenkins and Steve Howe were both banned and later reinstated), he is the first player to be suspended permanently for PEDs.

It’s also crucial to not confuse the word “permanent” for “lifetime.” Under this policy, Mejia can apply for reinstatement into major and minor league baseball following one full year of suspension. Furthermore, Mejia must wait at last two years from the penalty’s beginning (today) to be granted reinstatement. To say Mejia has been banned for life is technically incorrect. He has been banned for as long as the league sees fit, and there is a path for him to return. In an absolute best-case scenario, Mejia could be back on an MLB team on Feb. 12, 2018.

But history tells us he won’t be able to lay off the bad stuff for more than a few months.

At this time two years ago, Mejia was preparing to battle for the fifth spot in the Mets’ rotation, a battle he won. However, he was moved to the bullpen in May after compiling an ERA north of 5.00 and walking 20 hitters through his first 37.1 innings. That move proved to be a wise decision as Mejia down 28 of 31 save chances. He had a strikeout-to-walk ratio slightly less than 3:1 with a 2.72 ERA.

Pretty good.

AND THENNNNNNNNNNNN …

On April 11, 2015, Mejia was suspended 80 games for testing positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol.

He did the time and returned to the Mets in July, having lost his closing role to Jeurys Familla. Mejia made his 2015 debut on July 12 and by July 28, he was banned for using stanozolol (again) and boldenone.

Then today, while still serving his 162-game suspension for that second strike, Mejia gets thrown out indefinitely. The substance? Boldenone. Again. 

The most stunning part of this story to me is not that Mejia became the first MLB player to fail three PED tests; it’s that he did so in a span of less than two years. And now he’s supposed to stay clean for at least two years before possibly re-entering the league? 

Maybe Mejia no longer cares about having a life in American baseball. Maybe he’s got an addiction to PEDs. Maybe he’s just incredibly stupid and keeps unknowingly ingesting stuff that contains these drugs. Whatever the case, he’s no longer the answer for any team at the back end of its bullpen. He is, however, the infamous answer to a trivia question and MLB’s new poster boy for the effectiveness of its PED testing program. 

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