Rockies infielder Omar Quintanilla suspended 50 games for PED use at Triple-A

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Omar Quintanilla, who played 216 games for the Rockies from 2005-2009 before spending all of this season at Triple-A, has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance called Methylhexanamine.
According to my extensive research on Methylhexanamine (read: Wikipedia) it’s intended to be used as a nasal decongestant but is also marketed as a dietary supplement and “was implicated as a stimulant used by five Jamaican athletes in 2009.”
Quintanilla hit just .220 with two homers and a .567 OPS in 559 total plate appearances for the Rockies and the 5-foot-9, 190-pound infielder has been limited to just 34 games at Triple-A this season because of injuries.
And now he’ll never get into the Hall of Fame.

Javier Baez, D.J. LeMahieu have disagreement about sign-stealing

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Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.

LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.

There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.

The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.