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    First Player Signed to an MLB Contract Suspended for 50 Games: Iriki of the Mets

    28th April 2006

    The first player signed to an MLB contract (albeit he is in the Minors at this stage) has been suspended under the new testing and penalty policy was just released, and in a continuing trend that has bucked the conventenal view that it’s all about power hitters, the first player hit with a 50 game suspension is…

    Yusaku Iriki, a pitcher from the NY Mets.

    The following is a statement from the Office of the Commissioner:

    The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball today announced that New York Mets pitcher Yusaku Iriki has been suspended for 50 games, effective today, for testing positive for a performance enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

    So, we have the first to 50 in MLB and it’s not a power hitter.

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