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Friday, July 28, 2017

Major League Baseball Has A Cocaine Problem

The player, who told me this story under the condition that no one in it be named, ended up with three organizations before retiring last year. During his career, he said, he used cocaine “a handful” of times and marijuana frequently. “Of the 400 days of [big league] service time I had, I probably smoked on 150 of them,” he told me. “A lot of guys would wake up at 9 a.m. and smoke, but I never wanted to do anything mind-altering until after the game.”

The above anecdote is far from rare: Current and former players tell me that as many as 25 percent of MLB players are cocaine users. At least one player has seen his career decline amid longstanding concern from his team about his use of the drug.

In the nine years I spent as a reporter in Major League clubhouses (I covered the Phillies for the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Mets for the New York Daily News) the whispers about players’ illegal drug use were rampant, although drowned out in public by the debate over steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. I always felt that this was a serious issue, but ― for understandable reasons ― could never get anyone to speak publicly about it.

Then, cocaine factored into the deaths of two high-profile players, pitchers Tommy Hanson, 29, and Jose Fernandez, 24.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 28, 2017 at 03:44 PM | 92 comment(s)
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Major League Baseball Has A Cocaine Problem

Don’t have any idea if this is true, but if it is, it is a serious problem. The author’s sources suggest 25% of players are cocaine users. I think this is worse than steroids. At least those players are trying to be better.

Hank G. Posted: July 28, 2017 at 12:30 PM | 3 comment(s)
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