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“I apologize to my family, friends, the Colorado Rockies organization, Major League Baseball and to the fans,” Jacobs added. “Now, as required by the minor league drug program, I will serve a 50-game suspension. After my suspension is completed, I hope to have the opportunity to continue my career in the game that I love so much.”

The Rockies said they fully support baseball’s efforts to rid the sport of PEDs.

“We have routinely educated all of our players about the dangers of performance enhancing substances and strongly encourage all players to avoid their use,” the club’s statement said. “We strongly believe that baseball and all other sports must continue to directly address the issue of performance-enhancing substances. There is no place in baseball for such substances, and we have and will continue to do what we can to eliminate them from our game.”

Jacobs has played six major league seasons, collecting 100 homers and 310 RBIs with a career .254 batting average with the Mets, Marlins and Royals.

He was leading the Rockies‘ Triple-A team in Colorado Springs with 23 homers and 97 RBIs while hitting .298 over 117 games with the Sky Sox when he was released following his positive drug test.

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AP National Writer Eddie Pells, AP Baseball Writer Ben Walker and AP Sports Writer John Kekis contributed to this report.

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