MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has announced the suspension of Yu Darvis and Will Smith, two of the game’s most dominant hitters, for the remainder of the season.
Darvis, a former All-Star, and Smith, who went 21-for-28 with four home runs and 22 RBIs, will be eligible to return on Aug. 5.
Darvishes suspension also includes two other players who were suspended earlier this month, the former Atlanta Braves infielder Darnell Sweeney and former New York Yankees outfielder Mariano Rivera.
The suspension for Darvis will last the remainder the 2017 season.
Smith, the best hitter in the NL, had been hitting well before his suspension, batting .324 with four homers and 19 RBIs in the final month of the regular season.
He was one of the best hitters in the league and was the only player to average at least .300 over the last three months of the year.
Smith will be the third player to be suspended for the season for a violation of the MLB’s personal conduct policy.
In addition, Darvisha will miss the first three months.