After a busy weekend in the league, let’s take a look at what’s been going on in the world of baseball.

Edinson Volquez is outta here. Volquez was suspended 50 games for violating MLB’s drug policy. This makes sense because he’s currently on the 60-day DL and players were known to take some illegal substance to quickly recover from an injury. Here’s the part that doesn’t make sense—Volquez isn’t expected back until July at the earliest, but he can serve the 50 games while on the DL. Who thinks this is fair? His 50-game suspension should begin once he is healthy and activated from the DL. At any rate, he will lose 50 games worth of pay.

Just three days after one of best performances in Rockies history, awful news hits MLB as Rockies president Keli McGregor was found dead in a hotel room in Salt Lake City. No word yet on the cause of death, but it doesn’t appear to be foul play or anything like that. You never expect to see something like this. Just shocking and sad news out of Colorado today.

Moving onto the field now, how about the start for the Rays? Tampa Bay currently holds first place by themselves in the AL East thanks to a seven-game winning streak that was anchored by stellar pitching. The Rays ERA during this win streak is 2.39 (64.0ip/17er). They are also coming off a four-game sweep of the Red Sox in Boston that was so convincing, it made the Sox look they like couldn’t compete in the division. Boston’s 4-9 start will be harder to turn around with the announcement today of Mike Cameron and Jacoby Ellsbury both heading to the DL.

During last weekend’s 20-inning marathon at Busch Stadium between the Cards and Mets, “genius” Tony LaRussa made some bizarre double switches and moves in the extra frames. I’m not going to get into the moves, but Big League Stew does a good job of breaking them down.

Vin Scully has been calling games for the Dodgers for 60 years now. An amazing feat for a Hall of Fame broadcaster. Scully is one of the reasons I purchase the MLB Extra Innings package each year. I enjoy tuning into a late-night Dodgers game in Dodger Stadium with Scully announcing and listen to his stories of each player.

Today marks the ridiculous day you can begin voting for the All-Star game…on April 20. The season started on April 4. We are only two weeks into the season yet you can vote for the top players. Does anyone else see a problem with this? Since the All-Star game isn’t held until mid-July, voting should not be allowed until at least mid-May with more toward the end of May. I also think fans shouldn’t be allowed to vote, but that’s another long topic for another day.

Speaking of things that are ridiculous, the Orioles tailspin has run them down to a 2-12 record already. At this rate, they might reach 10 wins by July. Not only are the O’s struggling, but they had a horrible homestand as they went 0-6 at Camden. Obviously, this can’t continue…right?

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