Quintanilla Suspended by Baseball for 50 Games
POSTED: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 5:58pm
UPDATED: Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 4:25pm
Former Socorro Bulldog and current shortstop in the Colorado Rockies Organization, Omar Quintanilla, has been suspended by minor league baseball for 50 games for his use of performance enhancing drugs. The 28-year old Quintanilla played at the University of Texas after graduating from Socorro High School. Quintanilla was with the Tri-Cities affiliate after spending most of the year rehabbing with the Colorado Sky Sox.
"We were very disappointed to learn that Omar Quintanilla has been suspended after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance," The Rockies organization said in a released statement on Wednesday. "There is no place in baseball for such substances, and we have and will continue to do what we can to eliminate them from our game."
Quintanilla, 28, hit .220 in 216 games for the Rockies from 2005 to 2009, but has battled injury and not received a callup this season. He hit .252 with one home run and 15 RBIs in 34 games for the Sky Sox this season.
"The Colorado Rockies have long been committed to eliminating the use of performance-enhancing substances from the game of baseball," the Rockies said in a statement. "We have fully supported the adoption and implementation of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Player's Association Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
"We have routinely educated our players about the dangers of performance-enhancing substances and strongly encourage all players to avoid their use. We strongly believe that baseball and all other sports must continue to directly address the issue of performance-enhancing substances. There is no place in baseball for such substances, and we have and will continue to do what we can to eliminate them from our game."