Tuesday, April 18, 2017
MLB news: Starling Marte suspended 80 games
In 2016, Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Starling Marte had a career year, hitting .311, and swiping 47 bases. He also made the all-star game. But, did he cheat? On Tuesday, Marte tested positive for Nandrolone, a performance-enhancing drug. He was suspended 80 games. In just 13 games in 2017, Marte has hit .241, with 2 homers and steals each. The 28 year old is a career .288 hitter, with 162 steals. The only MLB team he has ever played for is the Pirates. "I have been informed that I have tested positive in one of the tests that are regularly done in my job," Marte said in a statement. "In this very difficult moment I apologize to my family, the Pittsburgh Pirates, my teammates, my fans and baseball in general. Neglect and lack of knowledge have led me to this mistake with thehigh price to pay of being away from the field that I love so much. With much embarrassment and helplessness, I ask for forgiveness for unintentionally disrespecting so many people who have trusted in my work and have supported me. I promise to learn the lesson that this ordeal has left me." Marte won a gold glove in 2016, and was good enough for the Pirates to move face of the franchise Andrew McCutchen from center to right so Marte can play center.