Ryan Braun Fails MLB Drug Test: Is He the Most Improbable Player Suspended?
The baseball world was shocked when it was leaked that Ryan Braun would be suspended for 50 games as the result of a failed drug test. He is one of the last players that many would have expected to fail a test.
There are many players that have been suspended for failing drug tests since the MLB instituted its testing policy. Some of them have not been surprising while others have been.
The following is a list of the most improbable players that have been suspended.
6. Ryan Braun
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Matt Brooks of the Washington Post cites a report from TMZ.com that Ryan Braun's positive test result came from a medication that he was taking and not a PED.
Still, it is shocking that Braun would test positive. Even if the positive results really did come from this, it is surprising that Braun would not check with a team doctor before taking medication.
5. Manny Ramirez
People are supposed to learn from their mistakes, and one would assume that, after one positive test, Manny Ramirez would be more careful.
However, that was not the case and Ramirez was suspended for a second time in 2011. He decided to retire instead of face the 100-game suspension that would be handed down to him. Ramirez has un-retired and will be suspended for 50 games to start the 2012 season.
4. Jamal Strong
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Many people will be asking who this is ,and only the most dedicated of Seattle Mariners fans will know the answer. Jamal Strong played 28 games for the team between 2003 and 2005.
He also tested positive for steroids and was suspended for 10 games in 2005. This essentially ended his major league career.
3. Dan Serafini
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Dan Serafini never had much success in the major leagues. He decided to pitch in Japan to try to keep his career alive. Serafini was eventually signed by an MLB team after his success in Japan.
Shortly after signing with the Colorado Rockies, Serafini tested positive for a PED. He was suspended, and that was the end of his major league career.
2. Alex Sanchez
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When one thinks of steroids users, they normally envision power hitters or flame-throwing pitchers. Alex Sanchez is neither of those.
Sanchez was a light hitting outfielder. He was also the first player suspended under the MLB's new testing policy in 2005.
1. Neifi Perez
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As they say, "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me." Neifi Perez should have been more aware of that saying as he was caught using steroids not once, not twice, but three times.
Following the second time that Perez was caught, one would think that he would have learned his lesson, but it is clear that he did not.