Tigers SS Jhonny Peralta Could Face 50 Game Ban

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DETROIT, Michigan —

Tigers SS Jhonny Peralta is one of about 20 Major League Baseball players that could face suspensions for allegedly using performance enhancing drugs.

DSN told you about this story last summer, when Peralta’s name was listed as one of the players who had been associated with Miami-based “Biogenesis of America”, founded by Tony Bosch. MLB filed a lawsuit at the time, but with evidence mounting against him and pressure building from MLB, Bosch has agreed to come clean and spill details of what he was giving out, and to whom.

Other top profile names on the list include Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, Melky Cabrera, Nelson Cruz, Fernando Martinez, and Bartolo Colon.

Baseball is going to seek 100 game bans on players (the penalty for a second offense) such as A-Rod, and Braun. They see them having a connection to Bosch as 1 offense, and denying such activity as another separate offense.

Bosch is going to begin meeting with MLB officials this week and suspensions could come within two weeks. Many players are expected to appeal the suspension, especially if they’re being suspended for 100 games.

If all the players on the list are suspended, it would be the largest scandal in American professional sports history.

Peralta, who will become a free agent at the end of this season, is hitting .332 with 6 HR and 26 RBI in 51 games for the Detroit Tigers this season.

There are plenty more details that will come from this breaking story. Stay with DSN for the latest.

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  • Johnathan Bray

    Wasn’t for PED test?

  • Michael Braun

    Detroit Boy Sportscenter

  • Matt Resetar

    Each player deserves it. Fine each team too.

  • Matt Towers

    Should have traded for Andrus…..

  • Sue Baldock

    Please, just no.

  • Matt Pelc

    He never tested positive, this seems all on the testimony of one guy. Hardly enough to convict in a criminal court. I imagine if this comes to pass there will be plenty of appeals/law suits.

  • Jay Priest

    i read 100. 2nd offense.

  • Harrison Watt

    It was too good to be true.

  • Anthony Lucci

    Oh no.

  • Jeff Zemeida

    Just glad our Cabrera wasnt one of the Cabreras listed.

  • Miguel M Zapata

    Suck it Haters!!!

  • Clint Crotts

    I’m not worried about it

  • Detroit Sports Nation

    There will no doubt be plenty of appeals to go around.

  • Ryan McCumber

    Dumbass…

  • Matt Resetar

    The sad thing is it’s just a sport. All you’re doing is hitting a baseball. Ball players back in the day never needed to do anything like this. They were the best in the league.

  • Ray Reynolds

    How are they going to suspend him, he never tested positive. His name was on a document. Not gonna happen.

  • Matt Tyson

    Too bad it wasn’t Kelly on the list.

  • Kyle Bruce

    Exactly Ray. As much as I hate A-rod I don’t believe they’re gonna suspend him because his name was on a document.

  • Marc Jackson

    Idiot

  • Jimmy Lindback

    i love Peralta… if the accusations were true, i would be heafr broken

  • Lee Watkins

    Why are they so stupid to risk so much? Duh!

  • Ryan McCumber

    …. no

  • Daniel Littrell

    WHAAAAAT?!?!?!?

  • Paul Milioto

    Please just no. Peralta has been a big part of this offense.

  • Robert Furchi

    MLBPA hasn’t stepped in yet so everything you’re reading is circumstantial based on one persons testimony.

  • Lori Irish Saucier

    Not gonna believe it.

  • Brian O’Keefe

    Lol. Why would they fine the team?

  • Ryan Darnell

    NO!

  • Juan Noriega

    There’s no way he’s involved like a lot ppl saying its a he said she say deal and he’s never been mentioned before I’m pretty sure he will get off and this will all pass him by and tigers

  • Joseph Paul Chapp

    Like Texas would ever do that.

  • Brian Apczynski

    He did not test positive, not ONCE… he will appeal this, and get his name cleared.

  • Ryan McCumber

    Lol its Towers. He’s an idiot.

  • Anthony Doran

    ugh, this better not be true

  • Rachel Groll Phipps

    BOOO…disappointed Peralta!!!

  • Ryan Zanetti

    Any room for Valverde on that list???

  • Scott Selmi

    I would bet 50-60% or more player were juicing it up in the late 90 early 2000’s the stats don’t lie..

  • Yang Wang

    just goes to show that PEDs does not a good player make

  • Michael Sweet

    lol

  • Dane Kaulfuss

    Just great.

  • Robert Birchmeier

    Not gonna happen.

  • Traci Rusk

    : (

  • Mark Morin

    Crap

  • Irene Costa

    i hope its not true.god please don’t let it be true..

  • Hank Horodyskyj

    100 games and it will happen

  • Pamela Godbey

    How can JUST his name on a list lead to that? Not much due process there!

  • Irene Costa

    I am very worried about it.i hope this will clear up soon n people stop talking about it.its because a player can hit really good doesn’t mean his using.who’s next they are going to acuse?Miggy Cabrera??

  • Kyle Bauer

    A lot of players still do roids, including Tigers. Anyone remember the Mitchell Report when half the 2004 Tigers were named?

  • NatoBro

    Guilty by association??  Wow.  What ever happen to taking a pee test and being found innocent or guilty?

  • Nathan T. Brown Sr.

    They can’t use guilt by association. That’s a load of crap. Unless any of these guys test positive, I hope they have good lawyers to fire back.

  • Clif-Jessica Holland

    Eric Richardson

  • Kirk Page

    Figures he’s having a solid contract year!

  • Nicholas Frederick Bennett

    whoops.. Here is an idea. Try using your natural talent.. If you are not good enough, then quit..

  • Barrie Wyatt

    Ah man, I just picked him up for my fantasy team.

  • Art Rochon

    I just because he didn’t test positive dosnt mean he didn’t do it….I really do hope the MLB comes down on this hard. I’m getting sick of these guys getting away with this.

  • Brandon Day

    No one cares about PED’s anymore MLB. This whole morality play is way too little too late. Let it go.

  • Josh Hendrickson

    There is zero chance that he will be suspended

  • Lyle Edward Horn

    unlike this big time will really hurt us

  • Andrew Jividen

    Witch hunts rarely need proof

  • Cortez Anderson

    its funny how people talk about valverde when he is doing bad, but when he was saving all those games last year and doing good, everyone was praising him, i guess the same people who praise you is the same people that will condemn you……..im glad cabrera is not on that list also….im a tiger and dodger fan……peace out , cortez ft bragg nc

  • Mikel Bruce

    lol…busted later esa

  • Joseph Frick

    Uhhhh who the heck would play shortstop?

  • Stephanie Oaks

    Fernando Martinez?? Didn’t we just pick him up? Lol. Boo!!!

  • Chris Lenton

    if he or anyone else on that list didn’t test positive… don’t suspend them.

  • Brad Lich

    He is not that good, the roids must not have worked

  • Caleb Stenske

    HAHAHAAHAHAAHA. Jhonny should be let off on the list of players who took it and it didn’t work.

  • Kyle Kinsey

    its bullshit.

  • Corey Red

    dude not going anywhere , Guy playing his ass off! ALL-Star Jhonny!!!!

  • Dan Koval

    if an investigation comes out and says he is cleard all for it, but if otherwise, ban his ass

  • Mike Jackson

    Half? Really? Nook Logan, Rondell White, Fernado Vina (injured almost his whole time here), and Gary Sheffield who didn’t play here until 2006. Not even close! Pudge wasn’t in the report either.

  • Levi Mason

    have you by any chance heard of the jimmy howard haters? haha

  • Caleb Cicola

    The owner of the clinic who directly supplied the drugs and in the case of Arod actually injected him is now cooperating with MLB (may have more papers to back this). There will definitely be suspensions from this!

  • Michael Brown

    you mean two years ago……. but he was one of the main reasons we got to where we were

  • Becky Mackay Krause

    I hope not. he’s doing awesome this year!! I know he’s not the biggest bat on the team but he still can hit!!

  • Matt Graham

    I believe the CBA says a player must test positive in order to get suspended. If Peralta hasn’t tested positive then he can’t get suspended.

  • Heather Morency Cornish

    Get what they deserve

  • Greg Dancer

    Dumb ass.

  • Dave Gutzka

    hopefully he gets what he deserves

  • Patrick Jouppi

    They don’t know that he DID anything. I’m sure the players’ union will go to bat for him.

  • Rick Tiller

    yep….he’s dirty….better call up Castellanos.

  • Ryan Vincent

    just keep hitting Jhonny… if we lose our SS, we’re fucked! We will need a trade in order to keep up!!!!

  • Todd Diamond

    please put leland on the list

  • Aaron Smith

    If you’re going to juice and get banned you might as well be an impact player. This is just sad. Good riddance.

  • Ann Durack

    Say it isn’t so, Jhonny.

  • Tomoko Stover

    what he does on his own time is his business hes a great player

  • Lisa Evans DeVaney

    This is happening too much! What difference does it make? Everyone that plays some kind of sport has opportunity to use whatever this stuff is! It is still that person playing! If they were to strike out all the time would they be questioning?

  • Rick Birch

    Speak for yourself. PEDs should be eliminated from sports at all costs. If that means suspensions and expulsions, so be it.

  • Stephane Irwin

    what horrible timing. He’s been doing SO well this year, on top of his game in all respects. Damn it!

  • Brandon Day

    If MLB wants to eliminate PED’s with comprehensive and constant random tests throughout the year, fine. But they don’t. Instead they pick and choose, and in this case are offering amnesty to a drug dealer to rat out his clients. Sounds like a legit witness to me. And hey you’re entitled to your opinion, but whether it’s amphetamines in the old days, to laser corrective surgeries, cadaver grafts, supplements, testosterone injections, MLB and the other sports are just cherry picking which innovations they prefer and demonizing others at random.

  • Blake Edwards

    Nooooooo….at least it’s not Miggy

  • Forrest Metzger

    I KNEW something was fishy when Peralta came to Detroit hitting .250 and then 2 of the last 3 years he’s been at .300 or above. Come on, Jhonny. We don’t want you back if you’re not going to play with your natural, God-given talents.

  • Harold Herula

    All you haters need to get a brain. HE NEVER TESTED POSITIVE !! Therefore, he can’t be suspended. DUMB ASSES !!!

  • Mark Adams

    I hope it’s not true. But, if it is I wouldn’t be surprised. Nothing is sacred anymore and every sport that is being played now, one has to wonder if the players or individual is on something.

  • Tim Dogshoe Katsock

    great

  • Noel Boyle

    They should do random tests throughout the year! MLB is not yet serious about PEDs, but they should be.

  • Noel Boyle

    What he is doing on his own time impacts the game that my kid plays. If you have to do this to succeed in the game then my son is heading down a terribly dangerous path by aspiring to play at a high level.

  • John Daldine

    It shows. Way to go cheater!

  • Brandon Day

    I’m not concerned about them, but I agree Noel. If they’re going to take this seriously, and expect baseball fans to, they’ve got to get serious themselves. Cherry picking the occasional player on the word of a felon isn’t enforcement and it isn’t taking it seriously.

  • Jim Nelson

    I swear, the fish was THAAAAAT BIG!

  • Brandon Givens

    He never tested + so he will come out on top, and Cabrera is too good for that

  • Trevor Wireman

    Say it ain’t so Jhonny!

  • Margie Seamster

    This is sad!

  • Margie Seamster

    I like Jhonny!

  • Sara A Pschigoda

    clearly they didn’t help him

  • Steve Iman II

    Lance Armstrong never tested positive either, most of the testing programs in professional sports are a joke, and they are always playing catch up to those using PEDs. Should they all be afforded due process, yes, but simply saying they never tested positive isn’t enough.

  • Steve Iman II

    As long as what they’re doing is legal I don’t think any sports should make PEDs against their rules. These are professional competitors, they will do whatever they think they need to do to get an edge. The average person would probably use performance enhancers if they could get an edge in their profession. If a player wants to be clean and compete, then so be it…if they are willing to risk their health for an edge, as long as it is legal, then so be it. Just my opinion…that and $2 will get you a cup of coffee, I know

  • Janet Rose Guckian

    aww man I love my peralta..

  • Derek Cabanaw

    Smokey would probably cry…..lol.

  • Scott Sikkenga

    The CBA in MLB they do not need to have a positive test for a suspension. Just info. that he was linked to PED’s.

  • Erin Christine Marten-Snyder

    *Sobs* Not my Jhonny.

  • Tim Morse

    Why use drugs? Just play the damn game and be good at it the way you are. These people set such bad examples for kids who love the sport. A 50 game suspension is minor compared to what he should get, which is fired.

  • Bryan Davis

    wow. disappointed

  • Andi Gagne Woggon

    Great…….

  • Dennis Michael Bienkowski

    nope

  • Shirley Banks

    Nope, I try not to judge others… will wait and let this play out but hoping that J P wasn’t involved to the point he will get suspended.

  • Gary VanDecar

    Nice to know now that you can suspend people based on hersey and no proof.

  • Lori Irish Saucier

    Nope…he’s still one of my faves. I won’t believe the story until I see proof.

  • Randy Dice

    You would think they would learn just fire them all and ban them from baseball they kicked Pete Rose outa the MLB hall of fame and he wasnt this bad he didnt need drugs

  • Harold Herula

    You have to test positive to be guilty. He’s never tested positive. End of story !

  • Collin Heming

    Only if he test positive otherwise lets go tigers!!!

  • Gary VanDecar

    That Boesch guy that ran the Clinic there in Miami already said that Peralta was’nt using PEDs he was there for some other treatment i believe on his ailing shoulder.

  • David Lally Sr

    Are you going to unline EVERYTHING related to news and sports? Because it is everywhere…

  • Nate Secor

    Innocent until proven guilty..he’s also getting older and had a terrible year last year, had to do something to get back on track…Having a helluva year this year, if he gets suspended then so be it,it’s his last year of his contract anyways…if he doesn’t get suspended then hopefully he keeps hitting throughout the year.

  • Mark Morin

    Can we really trust any of them anymore?

  • Tanya Mack

    Nope…..not until there’s actual proof & not just some person trying to save their own ass for supplying all those players! Again-innocent until proven guilty. That’s how it’s SUPPOSED to work in this country anyway. (Doesn’t always-just ask George Zimmerman…) I’ve always liked Peralta, & he’s having a great season! I’m just gonna enjoy him until this all works itself out-one way or the other.

  • Saviu Sleewa

    they can’t suspend anyone without proof and by that I mean actually test positive for PEDs. people need to relax and stop trying to blow this story up.

  • David Lally Sr

    Unlike too

  • Manny Worthy

    So Tony Bosch is going to come clean? Uh, by whose standards and with what independent corraboration? Is he suddenly transforming into a standup guy? Who is going take his word for anything?
    Did he tell any of his ‘clients’ what he was injecting them with? More importantly; can he prove it?

  • Mike Smith
  • David Folk

    I really could care less about this whole issue, it means nothing at all the whole steroid issue is blown out of proportion

  • Ryan St Onge

    Alright, MLB better enforce these suspensions fairly. Test all the players and suspend all the ones who test positive. Don’t look at this Bosch guy’s records and suspend players based on that. He can forge anything he wants to get out of a lawsuit with the mlb.

  • Thomas Fraser

    If he juiced, he needs to ask for a refund. They didn’t work.

  • Levi Mattson

    Get your heads out of your asses. You think that MLB is going thru with this w/o evidence? Come on sheeple! Barry Bonds never failed a test and he has a big * next to his name. Just saying!

  • Ryan Black

    So if he gets suspended for 50 games he will only miss 10 percent of the baseball season, Screw hash tagging BASEBALL HAS TO MANY GAMES!

  • JoAnn Thompson Pogoreski

    I jus hope it’s not true….We really need Jhonny in the line up!

  • Steven Gilbert

    No good for the Tiger’s …hopefully they can find someone in AA or AAA to fill his spot till he can comeback if this is true…..

  • Paul Calverley

    I don’t think these guys will get suspended… Unless MLB can justify it financially. Are we sure Bonds never missed 100 games in his greatest yrs cause he brought tens of thousands of ppl to home and visitor ballparks?
    Also this is like punishing the 1 kid who got caught bullying, when the majority of the class is guilty… Doesn’t make sense.

  • Michael Weilemann

    I understand but why not a permanent ban for these guys? U gamble and you get banned why is using performance enhancing drugs ok? What are we teaching our kids?

  • Patrick Sporka

    If he cheated, suspend him, and then release him. Be grateful they don’t slap their teams with forfeits, which I would support.

  • Dan Wixson

    Say it ain’t so!

  • Davey Pants

    we’re lucky it’s only Peralta…knock on wood.

  • Renee Perry

    Remember the Black Sox? I know it was a different kind of cheating, but those men were banned from the league ~ todays players are fined, because it is all about $$$$$$$$

  • Davey Pants

    if i was jhonny i’d start a self-imposed punishment tomorrow for 50 games to get a jump on things and be back by august, BUT i’m crazy logical like that.

  • Thomas Lee

    Contract year time for a new shortstop. Ride him untell he gets suspended then cut and run.

  • Detroit Sports Nation

    All of you who are saying “there’s no evidence” are nuts. They have a guy about to testify in court that he gave these players PEDs. They’re going to get emails, texts, phone calls as proof of this. So the whole “he never tested positive” argument will almost be pointless.

  • Saviu Sleewa

    it’s still a long shot for the MLB to convict them on this.

  • Nate Secor

    Actually, Bosch said that Peralta never used PED’s…

  • Nate Secor

    If Peralta did use PED’s, just an FYI…Most PED’s aren’t used to become body builder strong and hit bombs…they’re used to repair muscles and injuries quicker and to prevent muscle injuries…

  • Rick Birch

    If Peralta gets suspended, he will forever be linked with the other cheaters. That is something he will have to live with. Personally, I would have no problem with MLB enacting a 1 and done policy. But, that is not likely to happen.

  • Mark Morin

    MLB and the PA agreed to the terms of testing and suspensions in the CBA. As far as I see it a positive test is required to suspend a player even if this guy has all the goods on them. The union would have to appeal all suspensions less they be charged with failure to represent. I got a feeling nobody will get suspended out of this.

  • Davey Pants

    hey hey hey, let THEM have their denial haha. “You’ll never take our Jhonny!!!!” yeah if you’re on that list, you’re toast.

  • Michael Conte

    Why are so many people defending him. Do you really think he’s connected to this place but never took anything?

  • Ryan St Onge

    I know that they may have evidence, but what if some of these players went to the clinic and purchased the PEDs, but decided it wasn’t a good idea to take them and just left it at that? They may have proof they purchased them, but how does MLB know they actually took them?

  • Caleb Stenske

    I wouldn’t suspend the suspected players, however in all fairness and respect for the MLB which has been dealing with this problem for years I would not allow my player to play until the charges against him are cleared up. It makes the club and rest of the team look better.

  • Paul Calverley

    Mark and Ryan make good points…and Caleb sit Ryan Braun and see how that affects the pocket book… It’s a business 1st and foremost. The reason this all is even happening is because everyone wants the money flood to continue, why stop it unless fans stop attending games?

  • Paul Calverley

    MLB lets it happen and players push the limits… But they both get rich and we get to watch bigger, better, faster.

  • Anthony Solis

    50 of 162 games is not 10 percent…

  • Robert Birchmeier

    Guilty until prove innocent. Continued poor to no ethics from the media. Anything to sell a story, eh?

  • Detroit Sports Nation

    I flat out said and will continue to say he is innocent until proven otherwise. To not discuss this is to ignore what could potentially be the biggest scandal in pro sports. We will continue to cover all aspects of this story until the truth comes out and the chips fall where they may.

  • Robert Birchmeier

    DSN…you at least stated, “innocent until proven guilty”. Too few of you are.

  • Robert Birchmeier

    I’ll be happy to run em through the dirt when the proof comes to light, but it’s happening that way too soon.

  • Jason Pierce

    no wonder he is hitting so good this year

  • Tomoko Stover

    I think he’s still sexy :)

  • Tanya Mack

    Wouldn’t surprise me if more are doing the PEDs “Lance Armstrong style”. Look how many years he went undetected….what was it, some 500 tests he passed while doing them? It can’t be any different in all the other pro-sports.

  • Jim Dvorak

    Wondered where Peralta got the power from this year.

  • Daniel Plocher

    Yes I h8 any1 who uses PADs

  • Daniel Plocher

    *PEDs

  • Christopher Hosfelt

    It will suck to lose him that long but he gets what deserves and I feel no sympathy for him. If he doped hes got to pay.

  • Jen Matice-Chappell

    The last player in the world I would have suspected of being accused!!!

  • Trae Marks

    Exactly, they have to prove he took them which won’t be hard

  • Trae Marks

    Sarcasm ^^

  • Ray Reynolds

    How will they PROVE this? Smartass.

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  • Tammy Jessica Kidwell

    jhonny : (