By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Since the Phillies won the World Series in 2008, they have had less success in each consecutive season. From losing the World Series in 2009, to losing in the League Championship series in 2010, to losing in the Division Series in 2011, to not making the playoffs in 2012.
Also during the time period, the Phillies have had more players suspended for performance enhancing drugs than any other organization.
Since 2009, there have been 18 suspensions of rostered major or minor league players with major league experience, and five of those players have been in the Phillies organization, nearly 28% of all suspensions.
JC Romero’s suspension in 2009 was for a violation in 2008, Freddy Galvis and Carlos Ruiz in 2012, minor leaguer Pablo Ozuna was suspended in 2009, and Kevin Frandsen was suspended in 2011. The Dodgers have had three suspensions during the same time period.
The Phillies were warned by Major League Baseball in 2010 in regard to an accusation that the team was stealing signs, though MLB said the evidence was inconclusive.