Kelloggs Cards

Kelloggs Cards

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Imagine if This Happened in 2016 Instead of 1986

Thirty years ago today a large group of MLB players were disciplined for their chronic drug use.  The Pittsburgh Drug Trials, as it became known, would have been 24-hour news if it happened today.  I am not giving an opinion on drug use here - I am just reporting what happened.  

Players involved who had Kellogg's cards - Joaquin Andujar, Keith Hernandez, Dave Parker, Lonnie Smith.  

Other players involved - Dale Berra, Enos Cabell, Jeffrey Leonard.

These guys didn't even miss a game.  They were penalized 10% of their salary and they needed to perform community service.

Claudell Washington was among a group of four players who had half the penalty of the first seven players.

Ten other players were named, but not penalized.  They were subject to drug testing, but I didn't look into if they were tested for the remainder of their careers.  Kellogg's stars included Dusty Baker, Vida Blue, Gary Matthews and Tim Raines.

Even though MLB brought this to light and players were reprimanded, this was not enough to help some players not listed above.  One player died of a heart attack at the age of 36, another went to prison for selling  drugs and a third had multiple drunk driving convicts that led to prison time.

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