I often think of how Jenrry Mejia foolishly killed not just his career (and millions of dollars), but sabotaged the Mets, too, this season, due to his lifetime ban brought on in self-inflicted fashion by repeated failed drug tests.
How would the bullpen have looked it we were using a clean, healthy Mejia in 2016 rather than guys like Goeddell and Verrett? Better, for sure.
Jenrry Mejia still lives - and remarkably, still pitches. Whether he will ever see the light of day in major league baseball again is another story.
I saw the following from the excellently informative Adam Rubin - Rubin wrote:
"RHP Jenrry Mejia is still a member of the Mets organization, notes Adam Rubin of ESPN. The Mets can release him if they choose but he's currently costing the team nothing. Mejia, who was suspended from Major League Baseball for life last season due to a third positive PED test, recently began pitching in the Dominican Winter League" (with a scoreless inning - my added note).
"He could potentially be reinstated from his lifetime ban after the 2017 season."
What a tragedy - but with a slim (?) chance at future redemption. A future Met? He's still a member of the Mets!!!! But a future as a Met? Highly doubtful - "fool me thrice, shame on me."
Right now, though, he "did the crime, so he's doing the time." Where will Jenrry's saga end? Hopefully not at the local pharmacy. Perhaps in a beer league in a few years with Bartolo Colon, should he ever retire.
Instead of Jenrry, I'd rather focus on Paul Sewald, pitching in the Mexican league this off season and already with with 6 innings of 1 run ball, and 0-1 but with 4 saves.
Hopefully, Highly Reliable Paul will have an established MLB career before Mejia ever dons a big league uniform again.
P.S. Here is a picture of a character who looked like Jenrry, pose-wise, after one of his Mets' saves, and probably what he felt like while on the PEDS - just having a little fun, folks...