ESPN was the first to report that New York Mets closer Jenrry Mejia received the first-ever lifetime ban for performance enhancing drug use on Friday.
The 26 year old pitcher was currently serving a 162-game suspension for testing positive for Stanozolol and Boldenone and was scheduled to return to a multi-million dollar contract and the team in July of 2016
This recent failed test makes the third time Mejia tested positive for a banned substance for the third time and that comes with a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball.
But this doesn’t mean Mejia will never play the game again. Suspended players are allowed to compete in winter leagues, such as in Mejia’s native Dominican Republic and independent leagues can choose to let him play.
Mejia becomes the first major or minor league player to receive a permanent suspension under MLB’s drug program. Former Hudson Valley Renegade and Texas Ranger Josh Hamilton was suspended multiple times between 2003 and 2005 for positive drug tests, but none of his suspensions were deemed “permanent.”