The Detroit Tigers' Neifi Perez created history less than a month ago by being the first player to be suspended for using a banned stimulant in Major League Baseball.
Now, he's created history, again.
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Perez has received an 80-game suspension for testing positive for a banned Stimulant in violation of Major League Baseball’s Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The 80-game suspension will take effect on Saturday, August 4th.
Technically, this means Perez has tested positives for stimulant three times, as the drug testing policy in the CBA states that a first positive results in no public disclosure of positive testing by any of the parties, with mandatory follow-up testing.
Perez is now in a position to test the limits of the drug testing policy. The next violation would result in punishment at the Commissioner’s discretion (up to a lifetime ban).
With an 80 game suspension, Perez will be out of the Tigers' line-up for the rest of the season, and possibly longer. He is currently on the Tigers' suspended list. A formal announcement by the Tigers will be forthcoming today on whether they plan to release him.
Neifi, may we suggest doing Starbucks instead.