Jhonny Peralta not only has an odd first name, he is in a very odd situation.
His suspension for PED use ended with 3 games left in the 2013 regular season, just in time for the Tigers to opt to put him on the roster for the Post-season; he has become a major offensive hero in the ALDS and ALCS, but after the Tigers play their final game this year, he will leave the team and reap a FA bonanza.
Anticipating Peralta’s departure, Tiger manager Jim Leyland lamented:
“Someone, is going to get a really good player and a great guy.”
Some Sox players and many Sox fans are miffed that this PED user is allowed to play in the Post-season; they remind us that, although Melky Cabrera was qualified to play after his PED suspension, the Giants chose to leave him off their post-season roster.
Peter Gammons notes:
“Absolutism says that the Tigers should not have welcomed Jhonny Peralta back. After all, if his .450 post-season continues on into and through the World Series, the 50 games he sat out for his association with the Biogenesis lab will seem like a simple detour en route to a lucrative free agent deal.” [http://www.gammonsdaily.com/peter-gammons-peds-lasting-impact-on-the-mlb-postseason/?utm_source=Gammons+Daily+-+Vol.+15&utm_campaign=Email-LeadershipTrust&utm_medium=email]
Some may wonder how well the Tigers would be doing against the Sox in the ALCS, if Detroit had left him off their Post-season roster, since he has been a vital cog in the batting order:
Gammons: “Leyland needs Peralta in the sixth hole after Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez, especially with Cabrera fighting through injuries.
Peralta had a three run homer in Game Four of the ALDS, a major blown in a critical win. He knocked in the only run in the ALCS opener, the 1-0 Tiger win.
He had a big hit in Game Two. He’s hitting .450 in the seven post-season games with six RBIs.” [http://www.gammonsdaily.com/peter-gammons-peds-lasting-impact-on-the-mlb-postseason/?utm_source=Gammons+Daily+-+Vol.+15&utm_campaign=Email-LeadershipTrust&utm_medium=email]
Peralta’s Post-season stats support Gammons’ point.
Postseason Snapshot: Jhonny Peralta
Created by BaseballAnalytics.org on 10/15/2013
“He’s served his time, he deserves to play,” –Torii Hunter.
“All we’re doing is abiding by the rules,”–Leyland.
The plain-spoken Jonny Gomes [who also spell Johnny in a different way] opined:
““We all play by the rules, and he is playing by the rules. So go out and play.”
Q: In the context of his PED use, what do you think about Peralta playing in Post-season games?