Remember when we said MLB would never let another player beat the system the way Ryan Braun did? Well, looks like we wrong. Dead wrong.
According to the AP, Colorado Rockies catch Eliezer Alfonzo just beat the system. And he beat it in a big way. Alfonzo was set to start serving a 100 game suspension, but after using the same defense that got Braun off, MLB has reportedly been forced to overturn the suspension.
Major League Baseball dropped its 100-game suspension of Colorado Rockies catcher Eliezer Alfonzo for a positive drug test because of the same procedural issues that came up in the Ryan Braun case.
Alfonzo is eligible to play immediately, according to a person familiar with the decision who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday night because no announcement had been made.
Alfonzo appealed and was notified within the past week that MLB had lifted the ban. The reason: a dispute over the storage and shipment of his urine sample similar to the one that led to Braun’s 50-game drug penalty getting overturned by an arbitrator in February, the person said.
The person was not familiar with specific details regarding the chain of custody of Alfonzo’s specimen.
And suddenly, MLB has a huge problem on their hands.
For one, there is obviously a big issue with the way these tests are being administered and handled after the fact. And what’s interesting about all this is that Alfonzo had already served 48 games of the suspension. So that means MLB is being forced by someone, somewhere to review older cases. This could open up a huge can of worms.