Mets Pitcher Jenrry Mejia Receives Lifetime Ban After Failing Third Drug Test

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Strike three, he's out. After failing three drug tests, New York Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia has been banned from baseball for life. USA Today Sports

New York Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia has been banned from baseball for life for failing his third drug test, Major League Baseball announced on Friday. Though several players have received suspensions for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, Mejia is the first player to be banned from the league for drug use.

In April 2015, Mejia received the first of his three suspensions, an 80-game ban for using the anabolic steroid Stanozolol. Shortly after returning to the team, he was suspended for 162 games, the length of a full season, for testing positive for both Stanozolol and Boldenone. It was the latter substance that triggered his third and final failed test.

Before the initial suspension in April, Mejia was considered a candidate to close games for the Mets, a role he held in 2014, when he recorded 28 saves. After the suspension was levied, Jeurys Familia was given the role. Familia finished the season with 43 saves and a 1.85 ERA, and was a key cog in the team's improbable run to the World Series.

"We were deeply disappointed to hear that Jenrry has again violated Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program," the Mets said in a statement. "We fully support MLB's policy toward eliminating performance-enhancing substances from the sport. As per the Joint Drug Program, we will have no further comment on this suspension."

So long, Jenrry. Your hair will be missed.