Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher hopeful Alex Colome has finally resolved his visa issues in the Dominican Republic and is on his way to camp. He is also coming with a new nickname, at least one that is new to us.

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On the surface, “The Horse” is not a terrible nickname if you can get past the part about him referring to himself by a nickname. A horse is big and strong and can run fast. Everybody loves horses.

But if you are a baseball player who has been suspended for USING A HORSE STEROID, it is pretty much the worst nickname ever.

Almost exactly one year ago, Colome was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for the drug Boldenone, an anabolic steroid made for veterinary use, including horses.

Colome also has the distinction of being the only player in MLB to fail a steroid test since November, 2012. Every other suspension has either been for amphetamines or for other evidence (e.g. Biogenesis documents).



  1. Ted Sheckler says:

    Haha. It looks like he's doing it because of the suspension too. He joined twitter in 2012. The first time he referred to himself as the horse was on June 12th last year when he posted "Activo the horse". Since that post, he's posted two more times that wasn't just pictures without text or retweets. Those two posts were the one today "On my way to Florida, The Horse is back", and one 3 days ago "El caballo estará de vuelta", which means "The horse will be back".

    So, in two years on Twitter, he posted 23 times and never referred to himself as The Horse. Then he gets suspended for taking a horse steroid and posts three times in nine months, calling himself The Horse in all three. I rest my case your honor.

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