Specifically, any Philadelphia Phillies fans out there? If so, this news will likely sting a bit:
NEW YORK (AP)â€”Phillies reliever J.C. Romero and Yankees minor league pitcher Sergio Mitre were suspended for the first 50 games of next season after testing positive for a banned substance.
The suspensions were announced Tuesday by Major League Baseball.
Romero earned two wins in Philadelphiaâ€™s World Series victory over Tampa Bay last season. He has called the penalty unfair, ESPN.com reported Monday night. He contends the supplement he took during the season was legal because he bought it over the counter at a nutrition store in the United States. An arbitrator decided against Romero in November.
Mitre is with the New York Yankeesâ€™ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Triple A team.
The arbitrator ruled Romero was guilty of negligence. The penalty will cost the left-hander $1.25 million in salary, ESPN.com said.
â€œI still cannot see where I did something wrong,â€ Romero told the Web site. â€œThere is nothing that should take away from the rings of my teammates. I didnâ€™t cheat. I tried to follow the rules.â€
The Philadelphia Inquirer also reported Romeroâ€™s suspension on its Web site early Tuesday.
â€œIf Iâ€™m guilty of something, you know what? I will face it. But Iâ€™m not guilty, and Iâ€™m not letting people that donâ€™t really know me judge me over something and accuse me of something that I didnâ€™t do,â€ Romero told the newspaper.
Even though the MLB season is quite long, suspending someone 50 game is huge.