Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Today's Stance: MLB's Alcohol Abuse Policy

Just over two years ago a drunk driver took the life of Nick Adenhart, a promising 22 year old pitcher in the Angels' organization.  All around Major League Baseball, league officials, teams, coaches and players were remorseful of the death of one of their own. Unfortunately, it seems there were no lessons learned by the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Two nights ago, Cleveland Indians OF Shin-Soo Choo was the 6th MLB player arrested for DUI this season.  He is the second player from the Indians alone!  His blood alcohol content was more than twice Ohio's legal limit.  Thankfully no one was hurt in any of the circumstances involving the MLB players.

Is that what it is going to take for MLB to take a stand with this issue?  Ken Rosenthal, of, wrote last night that MLB does not consider alcohol a "drug of abuse" so there are no suspensions where it relates to these situations.  He suggests that we have to wait until baseball's next collective bargaining agreement is reached before any real change will come to MLB's alcohol policy.

I don't believe we should have to wait any longer.  MLB and the Major Baseball League Players Association have amended policies while within the confines of a current collective bargaining agreement on several occasions.  What is it going to take for MLB and the MLBPA to see that this is becoming an issue that shouldn't be pushed aside any longer?  One would have thought the death of one of it's own to a drunk driver would bring some reflection of how they treat players who abuse alcohol.  This is not a time for baseball to be complacent as it has been with past drug issues.  In Nick Adenhart's honor, MLB & the MLBPA need to take a stand now.