ST. LOUIS -- Matt Holliday, long outspoken against player use of performance-enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball, said on Monday that he does not feel it necessary for Jhonny Peralta to address his new teammates or apologize again for his recent connection to Biogenesis.
Cardinals management was willing to look past Peralta's past -- which included a 50-game suspension in 2013 for violating MLB's drug policy -- when it signed him to a four-year, $53-million contract in November. General manager John Mozeliak called Holliday before the signing to notify him of the organization's decision, and Holliday let him know Peralta would be welcomed in the clubhouse.
"I am against PEDs and always will be," Holliday said. "I'm also a forgiving person. He served his suspension and those are the rules of the game. I'm happy to have him as a teammate.
"He took the suspension, served it. His teammates in Detroit welcomed him back. I don't think it's necessarily something that he has to address. If he did, if he wants to, then that's his prerogative. I don't think as his teammates, that's anything we expect."
Holliday has not yet had a chance to meet Peralta, though he did send the 31-year-old shortstop a text message welcoming him to the club after the signing.
Holliday also emphasized on Monday that while he has publicly advocated for lengthier suspensions in the ongoing pursuit of a clean game, his opinion is hardly unique. Holliday merely fields more PED-related questions because of how outspoken he has been on the topic in past interviews.
"I don't think I'm any different than anyone else, other than being a player who has played a long time and had a platform to say that," Holliday said. "I think all players who are clean are against it. We all want a level playing field so that at the end of our careers we can say, 'This is how I matched up against other guys who were doing it the right way'. I think all players who are clean are very much against PEDs and trying to get them out of the game. How are we going to do that? Well, the only way that I know is to make the suspension harsher."
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.