Should PED Peralta play in Post-season?

Jhonny Peralta not only has an odd first name, he is in a very odd situation.

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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

G

PA

AVG

SLUG

OBP

OPS

H

BB

HR

RBI

Line%

K%

Chas%

2011 11 45 .220 .439 .273 .712 9 2 2 3 17.6% 17.8% 25.9%
2012 13 52 .260 .460 .288 .748 13 2 3 5 19.5% 17.3% 26.0%
2013 6 20 .450 .750 .450 1.200 9 0 1 6 44.4% 10.0% 22.0%

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?

In the context of his PED use, what do you think about Peralta playing in Post-season games?

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