Pirates' Starling Marte jersey giveaway goes away after PED suspension

The outfielder was suspended 80 games by MLB on Tuesday for violating the league’s drug policy.

The Pirates have canceled their planned Starling Marte replica jersey giveaway scheduled for July 2 following the outfielder's drug suspension, the team announced Thursday.

Children under the age of 14 who attend the game against the Giants that day will still get a jersey, though the team has yet to announce the player.

"We decided that it would not be appropriate to provide the Marte alternate jersey on the originally scheduled day while Starling is on the restricted list,” Pirates spokesman Brian Warecki said in a statement, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette .

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Marte was suspended 80 games by MLB on Tuesday for violating the league’s drug policy after testing positive for Nandrolone, a performance-enhancing substance. He also won't be eligible to play in the postseason due to the suspension if the team is able to overcome his loss and qualify for the playoffs.

The Pirates dealt with a similar situation last August when infielder Jung Ho Kang was accused of sexual assault shortly before his scheduled bobblehead giveaway promotion. The team offered fans the option of a voucher for a different item in lieu of the Kang bobblehead.

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