In a move that surprised almost nobody, Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta accepted a 50 day suspension from Major League Baseball for violating the leagues substance abuse policy and his role in the Biogenesis scandal. In a prepared statement Peralta also accepted responsibility for his actions.
“In spring of 2012, I made a terrible mistake that I deeply regret. I apologize to everyone that I hurt as a result of my mistake, including my teammates, the Tigers’ organization, the great fans in Detroit, Major League Baseball, and my family. I take full responsibility for my actions, have no excuses for my lapse in judgment and I accept my suspension. I love the fans, my teammates and this organization, and my greatest punishment is knowing that I have let so many good people down. I promise to do everything possible to try and earn back the respect that I have lost.”
The Tigers responded with a statement of their own:
“We recognize the suspension of Jhonny Peralta for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program as a measure taken in the best interest of the game, The Detroit Tigers continue to fully support Major League Baseball’s policy and its efforts to eliminate performance enhancing drugs from our game. Per the protocol outlined by Major League Baseball’s collective bargaining agreement, the Tigers’ organization will provide no further comment on Peralta’s suspension.”
By accepting the penalty, Peralta skips the appeal process and begins his suspension immediately. He was replaced in the line-up on Monday by newly acquired shortstop of the future Jose Iglesias. Hernan Perez was recalled from Toledo to replace Peralta on the roster.