Aug 3, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta (27) hits a home run in the second inning against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Detroit Tigers’ Jhonny Peralta Accepts 50-Game Biogenesis-Related PED Suspension

We’ve been expecting to hear this piece of news now for several weeks, but Ken Rosenthal is reporting that Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta will indeed receive and accept a 50-game suspension.

The Tigers have 53 games remaining on the schedule, so Peralta will theoretically be eligible to return for the final series of the season – which, somewhat humorously, takes place in Miami – and for the postseason. It’s unknown whether or not the Tigers would follow the example of the San Francisco Giants who left Melky Cabrera off the playoff roster following his suspension, if they would immediately return him to his starting position, or if they’d take him on the roster but not start him. I’m guessing the Tigers don’t even know at this point. It probably wil all depend on the play of Jose Iglesias and the overall health of the team come October.

The Tigers will certainly miss Jhonny’s bat for the next (basically) two months, and it’s a shame that he was involved with PEDs, but at the same time I would welcome him back at the end of the season. Not because I support cheating or “win at all cost” mentalities, but because I don’t think the club would be taking any sort of moral low ground by reinstating an eligible player.

Yes, his actions hurt the team, and I understand a desire for punishment there, but not including him on a potential postseason roster would also hurt the team. I don’t think spite is the best response for an organization going “all in” on a World Series ring. He’s losing out on roughly $2 million worth of game checks, he’s suffering embarrassment a the hands of his teammates, and he’s (very probably) not going to be re-signed by the organization. I think the Tigers should leave it at that.

Should Tigers bring Peralta back for playoffs following his suspension?

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  • John Verburg

    Matt, I get that Peralta probably could help win a World Series if they allowed him to come back, but I think you keep making this about “spite” or some sort of moral high ground, when I don’t think it’s like that at all.

    The Tigers are a business just like any other and Jhonny Peralta’s actions have embarrassed the Tigers to some extent. To me, it’s more about what the Tigers stand to lose in perception of their organization. Let’s say the Tigers allow Peralta to play in the playoffs this season. Let’s say he goes on to have a great post-season. There is a potential distraction there that a team trying to win a World Series may not want because every good thing Peralta does is going to be questioned. The Giants chose not to have that distraction last season with Melky Cabrera and obviously I think it was the right move.

    I don’t know the road the Tigers will choose, but it’s not about a holier than thou attitude or being angry about the position he put the organization in, it’s deciding whether the cost of playing a PED user in the same season he got suspended for it is worth the POTENTIAL benefit.

    • Matt Snyder

      I think saying that Peralta + rust factor + team distraction not being equal to Hernan Perez’s (or Nick Castellanos’) performance is a valid argument. I’m mostly just against the people that don’t want him to play simply because of PEDs (regardless of whether or not he would help the team by joining the roster).

      • John Verburg

        I think the interesting thing that is only being lightly touched upon is that the players themselves are the ones that are essentially driving this. The players union isn’t going out of their way to step up and defend these guys. There is a lot to be said for that. And I guarantee you, there is just as many guys in that Tigers locker room that are quietly or secretly pissed at Jhonny Peralta than guys that truly support him.

        If I am DD and Leyland, I don’t know if I want to add that to my roster a week before the playoffs.

        Ultimately, I think it has more to do with Iglesias than anything. If the Tigers are winning and he is playing well, it makes it easier for the Tigers to just move on.

        • Matt Snyder

          You’re right about Iglesias. And I’ll add that if he somehow ended up injured, Tigers probably wouldn’t think twice about adding Jhonny to roster.

          • Bryan Walters

            Yep – it all depends on what the infield situation looks like at the end of September. There’s a reason the Tigers are taking a “wait and see” approach to whether they’ll add Jhonny back to the roster after the suspension is up. DD is no dummy.
            If Iglesias is playing decent, Infante is back and playing decent (or Perez is playing well), and Miggy is healthy, then we’ve seen the last of Jhonny. Any of those things go wrong, and JP will be back.

      • Bryan Walters

        Have you heard any indication that they might bring up Castellanos? I’ve not seen anything on that. I’d love to see them bring up Nick to play 3B and DH Miggy for a while to help him get healthy, but I haven’t heard any hint that could happen.

        • Matt Snyder

          Nothing imminently, but the prevailing thought is that he’ll see some action in September at the very least. Very unlikely that he plays any third base, he’s been exclusively playing outfield for over a year now.

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