April 3, 2005


Tampa Bay's Sanchez suspended for violating baseball's steroids policy (Fred Goodall, 4/03/05, The Associated Press)

Tampa Bay outfielder Alex Sanchez was suspended 10 days for violating baseball's new steroids policy, the first player publicly identified under the major leagues' tougher rules. [...]

Sanchez said he was surprised by the suspension, adding that he uses milkshakes and multivitamins to build his energy — and blaming the positive test on something he bought over the counter.

"I'm going to fight it, because I've never taken steroids or anything like that," said Sanchez, who was released by Detroit in mid-March and signed by the Devil Rays.

You have to love that the first player suspended has 4 HRs in 365 career games.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 3, 2005 6:33 PM

Thus removed id the last toxic obstacle to Tigers Triumphant.

Posted by: Palmcroft at April 3, 2005 7:52 PM


Sure you weren't thinking of Johnnie Lemaster?

Posted by: Fred Jacobsen (San Fran) at April 3, 2005 8:41 PM

Or Rafael Belliard. check his career slugging percentage:


Posted by: oj at April 3, 2005 8:57 PM

In other recent news, it's the bottom of the third with bases loaded and thank you, David Wells!

Posted by: Matt Murphy at April 3, 2005 9:18 PM

I don't know, Matt, I don't think Johnny Damon could have put a butterfly net on Randy Johnson's slider today. Could be a long season for the Sox' left-handers. You do have Kevin Brown to look forward to though.

Posted by: joe shropshire at April 4, 2005 12:52 AM

It's April. But one must be concerned that David Wells could be Ramiro Mendoza's replacement as the 'Embedded Yankee.'

If Sanchez is juiced, he should sue the company he got the stuff on product liability grounds.

Posted by: bart at April 4, 2005 7:04 AM

OJ: not to mention the immortal Mario Mendoza himself.

Joe: "You do have Kevin Brown to look forward to though."

Nah. He is back on the DL where he belongs.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at April 4, 2005 10:47 AM

What, did he punch out the dugout again?

Posted by: joe shropshire at April 4, 2005 5:13 PM