Jenrry Mejia, The Inexplicable Ethics Mega-Dunce


What is the explanation for this?

Jenrry Mejia is a young New York Mets relief pitcher who until recently had a bright future as a star closer and a guaranteed multi-millionaire.  Now, entirely on his own initiative, he has become the first player ever banned from baseball for using steroids .

This is not easy, though Mejia did it with ease…and speed.  After recovering from Tommy John surgery, Mejia was establishing himself as the Mets closer by the end of the 2014 season. But he began the 2015 season with an 80-game suspension for testing positive for a common PED (Performance Enhancing Drug), then, even before completing that punishment,  flunked another urine test and earned himself a 162-game suspension a few months later.

Knowing full well that a third positive test would end his career, Mejia tried a different banned steroid, was caught again, and that third strike triggered a lifetime expulsion from major league baseball under the sport’s rules. Nobody has been that reckless and stupid, not even Manny Ramirez (who was caught twice), and Manny’s picture is in the dictionary under “reckless and stupid.”

Now Mejia joins Pete Rose as one of only two living players who are banned from baseball. Pete, however, though he is also an idiot, completed his playing career before getting thrown out, and had a long and glorious career. Mejia is 26.  He is a good bet to soon be working in a 7-11, or more likely, languishning in prison.

As for the explanation for this tragedy—I don’t feel sorry for the pitcher, but it is a tragedy–my only answer is that an absence of IQ points and functioning ethics alarms is a deadly combination. Ethical people don’t need penalties or even rules to behave honestly and fairly over their entire lives. Unethical people who are smart enough to calculate a simple risk/reward ratio may be unethical, but sufficiently tough and certain penalties for dishonest conduct will keep them in line. Then there are the badly-raised and mis-acculturated souls like Jenrry Mejia, who reach adulthood with no concept of right and wrong. They see rules and laws as impediments to their ambitions and desires, and nothing more sacred or useful than that. If they are smart, they calculate which laws and rules they can break with care and canniness, and these societal termites can have considerable success for a while, until they slip up, as even the smartest—Al Capone, Bernie Madoff, Boss Tweed, Ken Lay—usually do.

They may even run to become President of the United States.

If they are not smart, however, but spectacularly stupid, and maybe arrogant too, they are doomed. Everyone should be ethical, but if one isn’t very bright, having a firm commitment to ethics is a matter of survival.

4 thoughts on “Jenrry Mejia, The Inexplicable Ethics Mega-Dunce

  1. Banned for life? I’ll wait on that. MLB suspended George Steinbrenner twice – once for life. How did that workout? Mejia can play in Korea or the Mexican League. Not sure about Japan since I have no idea on the blanket approach to MLB suspensions in regards to the international baseball component.

    Mejia tossed away millions – way to go!

    • There’s a complicated appeal process after two years, but he’s probably done for life. George’s suspension wasn’t dictated by a rule, but by a Commissioner when Commissioners had more power than they do now. It’s a different situation.

      • Yes – the situation is different. George was also a convicted felon and got a free pass on that. Sorry – I just have this thing about Steinbrenner.

        The process with this kid is quite detailed and is part of the CBA so I doubt the union will be willing to attempt some type of convoluted defense. He can wait his two years and come up with some plausible excuse to be let back in: Found God? Healing cripples? My injuries? There will be a long list of reasons formulated on why this character is “reformed.”

        Last season he made $2,595,000 for the handful of games he appeared in – less, of course, the 80 games he missed. He signed in January for a similar amount for 2016. Stayed clean then 2017 was arbitration and that would be a potential big kiss.

        Players are warned of this. Every season management has a sit down with everyone in the organization and specifically cover all the various infractions that can result in a suspension. I can’t wait to read what excuses he’ll generate.

  2. Wow, what Mejia did was so dumb that I was originally expecting it to have originated in the Onion; in fact, I’d have almost found more believable the idea of him deliberately sacrificing his career to make way for Familia .

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