|Mar. 11 2:37 PM PT3:37 PM MT4:37 PM CT5:37 PM ET17:37 ET22:37 GMT6:37 3:37 PM MST5:37 PM EST6:07 PM VEN2:37 UAE (+1)4:37 PM CT-Mejia wants to challenge the agreement he made not to appeal his third positive drug test, which led to a lifetime ban from baseball Feb. 12. The former New York Mets closer spoke at a news conference Friday in the office of one of his new lawyers. They accused Major League Baseball of orchestrating his third positive test because Mejia refused to implicate another individual, whom they wouldn't identify. MLB denies the allegations.
Analysis: Mejia was suspended for 80 games last April 11 following a positive test for Stanozolol, a drug popular among bodybuilders, and now admits he did take a banned substance then. He returned July 12, appeared in seven games for New York, then was suspended for 162 games on July 28 after a positive test for Stanozolol and Boldenone.
|Feb. 12 2:10 PM PT3:10 PM MT4:10 PM CT5:10 PM ET17:10 ET22:10 GMT6:10 3:10 PM MST5:10 PM EST5:40 PM VEN2:10 UAE (+1)4:10 PM CT-Mejia has been permanently banned by Major League Baseball for a third positive drug test.
Analysis: Mejia tested positive for the steroid Boldenone, his third failed PED test in the past 10 months, and becomes the first player to receive a lifetime ban under MLB's current policy. The right-hander will be eligible to apply for reinstatement in one year, though he must miss a minimum of two years. Mejia, who had 28 saves in 31 chances with the Mets in 2014, had agreed to a one-year, $2.47 million contract last month.