Latino players such as Bernie Martinez, Sonnny Vargas and Luis Baez were suspended from the Minor Leagues for steroid use.
American Bernie Martinez of Seattle was suspended for 80 games, and Luis Baez of the Seattle Mariners and Sonny Vargas of the San Francisco Giants were suspended for 60 games in the minor leagues.
It should be noted that all three are pitchers, Báez is from the Dominican Republic and Sonny Vargas from Venezuela. There are already 17 Minor League players who have been suspended prior to next season.
What did they test positive for?
Martinez, with High-A Everett, tested positive for LGD-4033, a selective androgen receptor modulator, the commissioner’s office said.
While Luis Baez and Sonny Vargas, who were recently assigned to the Arizona Complex League, tested positive for Stanozolol, a synthetic steroid derived from testosterone.
No player who is on the Major League roster can be subjected to a steroid test, not until the MLBPA and MLB reach a labor agreement and that can be carried out as required by law. Since December 1, 2021, no player has been drug tested.
Unfortunately, the flow of suspended players in the Minor Leagues is mostly represented by Latino players from the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.
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