(NEW YORK) — After serving a 50-game suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal, new St. Louis Cardinals shortstop, Jhonny Peralta, is looking to prove he can be an effective player clean.
“I’m trying to put it in the past,” Peralta told David Wilhelm of the Belleville News-Democrat. “I’m trying to look forward and forget about it. …I know I can play baseball naturally. I have to show people that I can do it and that I can help.”
Despite the suspension, Peralta signed a four-year contract with the Cardinals worth $52 million.
Because of his sustained level of productivity during his 11-year career, the Cardinals were willing to roll the dice, and Peralta is looking to vindicate the team’s confidence in him.
“I’m going to try to do the best I can do and try to help the Cardinals go to the World Series one more time and win,” Peralta added.
In 107 games for the Detroit Tigers last season, Peralta batted .303 with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN