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Starling Marte Suspended 80 Games by MLB

Starling Marte was suspended by MLB for 80 games on Tuesday. Photo Credit: David Hague
Starling Marte Suspended 80 Games by MLB
John Dreker

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Tuesday afternoon that outfielder Starling Marte has been suspended by Major League Baseball for 80 games for violating the league's Joint Drug Agreement. He was suspended for using a PED called Nandrolone and this now means that he isn't eligible for the postseason if the Pirates should make the playoffs. He will be eligible to return on July 18th.

The Pirates released the following statement from team President Frank Coonelly regarding Marte's suspension:

"The Pittsburgh Pirates fully support MLB’s Joint Drug Agreement, including the very tough penalties for violations of its prohibitions. We are disappointed that Starling put himself, his teammates and the organization in this position. We will continue to fight for the division title with the m...

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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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