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2 minor leaguers from Long Beach suspended over drug abuse

Published On: 05-18-2016 in Category: Drug Abuse


The use of banned performance-enhancing drugs among sportspersons is nothing new. Two minor league players were suspended in May 2016 over suspected substance abuse. Logan Lombana, a Minnesota Twins pitcher, hailing from Long Beach, has been suspended for 80 games under baseball’s minor league drug program. Lombana had allegedly failed the drug trial and tested positive for banned performance-enhancing substance Ibutamoren.

The 21-year-old right-hander was a 25th round-pick drafted out of the Long Beach State last summer where he struck out 3.38 earned run average (ERA). However, his control wavered and he made no records during the seven relief appearances that he did for Cedar Rapids of the Class-A Midwest League in 2016. Lombana was the second Long Beach State baseball player to be selected for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft to play with the Minnesota Twins.

Along with Lombana, Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Clinton Hollon has also been suspended for 50 games as he tested positive for drugs for the second time in a row. His stock dipped when he was first suspended from 50 games in August 2015, for abusing amphetamine. He will be out of the field for most of the 2016 season as he is still serving the suspension since last year.

Drug abuse among Long Beach baseball players

John Singleton, another Long Beach baseball player was suspended for 50 games due to marijuana use in 2013. This was his second violation of minor league baseball’s drug policy. A Houston Astros prospect, Singleton was deemed as the team’s first baseman of the future. However, he could not thrive after the suspension and had to take refuge in an addiction  rehab center which helped him get clean, he claimed.

However, in 2014, Singleton took full responsibility for his actions, saying that he was a marijuana addict undergoing recovery. In a separate incident, after about nine months from his admission to being addicted, authorities seized marijuana and hashish from his vehicle while he was driving in Arizona. Singleton is continuing to fight addiction and substance abuse and hopes to get back with Astros.

American baseball players and banned drugs

Lately, a significant number of baseball players have been found to indulge in banned drugs. The authorities are adopting stringent measures to prevent doping by conducting more drug tests than the previous seasons. In fact, dope tests are being done even during offseason.

The Major League Baseball has suspended eight major league players for using performance-enhancing drugs. The numbers have increased from 2015 and 2014. Seven of the players who were suspended during 2016 had tested positive in the offseason dope tests. The increasing number of tests, along with upgraded drug testing procedures, have netted many offending players, resulting in their suspension or forfeitures of medals or wins.

Path to recovery

It is extremely demeaning to see that an increasing number of players are testing positive for banned drugs despite being aware of stringent doping policies and guidelines that they must follow. It is a dismaying fact that drug addiction has spread its wings to all kinds of sports, without exception. Many players are resorting to unfair means to strengthen their athletic performance, but by doing so they are actually jeopardizing their careers and risking their lives.

If you or your loved one is fighting drug abuse, seek immediate medical help. The Long Beach Drug Treatment and Rehab Center (DTRC) offers customized de-addiction treatment programs pertaining to a patient’s needs and problems. Please chat with our treatment specialists or call our 24/7 helpline at 562-846-1995 for assistance.

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