Denny McClain Calls Peralta ‘Selfish’ For Not Appealing PED Suspension

Not one to shy away from controversy, former Detroit Tigers pitcher Denny McLain told the Detroit Free Press that Johnny Peralta should have taken one for the team.

“I would love to see him hang in there for the ballclub’s sake,” McLain said in a telephone interview with the Free Press. “He is more concerned with next year, starting clean, rather than helping the club this year.

“Everything’s about him. It’s not about the team. It’s not about the playoffs. It’s not about the World Series. It’s pure selfishness.

Peralta issued a statement Monday afternoon saying this: “In spring of 2012, I made a terrible mistake that I deeply regret. I apologize to everyone that I have hurt as a result of my mistake, including my teammates, the Tigers’ organization, the great fans in Detroit, Major League Baseball, and my family.”

Peralta was outed as part of an investigation into Biogenesis, a Florida-based drug company that was targeted by the courts for distributing PEDs to athletes. While Alex Rodriguez from the New York Yankees was reportedly planning to appeal the suspension, Peralta said he accepted the sentence.

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