Another Met Suspended for PEDs

Mets minor leaguer Kyle Suire has been suspended by Major League Baseball for 50 games for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

Suire was found to have metabolites of Stanozolol in his system. Stanozolol is the same steroid that Olympic sprinter Ben Johnson had in his system in 1988, when he won a Gold Medal which was later rescinded.

Suire, an infielder for the Kingsport Mets and the Brooklyn Cyclones last season, hit .297 with 9 HRs in 182 ABs, posting a .918 OPS for Kingsport. The 5’11” second baseman is the second Mets minor leaguer to be suspended for PEDs this month. AAA pitcher Junior Guerra was disciplined two weeks ago for using Nandrolone.

Is this a concern? Of course, though the incidents are clearly independent of each other; Guerra — a converted catcher — was not in the Mets’ system last year, and in fact has not played in organized ball since 2006 when he was in the Braves’ system. Still, it’s disconcerting that PEDs have infiltrated the Mets’ low-A ball team. We can hope that Suire was indulging on his own … but no one can know for sure.

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