Former Pirate Ronny Paulino, of all people, has received a 50-game suspension for PEDs, the Miami Herald reports:â†µ
Paulino says he used a dietary pill to control his weight this season and recently learned it contained a banned substance. He says he is "ashamed and saddened" for disappointing his family, teammates and the Marlins organization.â†µ
"I accept full responsibility and all consequences for this mistake, and therefore choose not to challenge my suspension," Paulino said in a statement released by the team. "I was irresponsible for failing to take all precautionary steps in confirming the approval of the dietary pill. Without a doubt, I have learned from my mistake."â†µ
Paulino, you'll recall, last played for the Pirates in 2008 and left the organization after a terrible stretch of play that earned him the nickname "Joggin' Ronny." He had a reasonably good comeback season with the Marlins last year.â†µ
In other former-Pirates news, Jason Bay is probably out for the season after suffering a concussion against the Dodgers. Nearly all the main position players GM Neal Huntington inherited in late 2007 are gone, and none of them have much of a career anymore. Former GM Dave Littlefield really left a time bomb. It's not Littlefield's fault Bay ran into an outfield wall, but he was having an awful season even before that. Freddy Sanchez has a horrible .648 OPS for the year. Jack Wilson's is .598. Nate McLouth is in the minors. Xavier Nady is a bench player. And now Paulino, Littlefield's catcher of choice, will miss 50 games with a drug suspension. The only hitters from that era who are playing well are the much-maligned Adam LaRoche, and Jose Bautista, who's doing his best Brady Anderson impression with the Blue Jays.