Saturday, May 01, 2010

Weed.... Really?

Well, I guess it's official. Lambo likes the wacky weed. From It's Time for Dodger Baseblog:
That substance according to Josh Suchon… Marijuana. The Dodgers official statement is - “The Dodgers are disappointed to learn of this news and we fully support Major League Baseball’s drug policy and its penalties. The organization does not condone the use of any substance not sanctioned by MLB’s medical staff.” But added “Off the record? C’mon it’s just marijuana, that stuff is basically legal like… everywhere.. COME ON!!”
I guess I have to agree, on the other hand, Lambo is an idiot. According to the rules you are not suspended for a first offense for violating the "drug of abuse" portion of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. It is a second offense that gives you the suspension. So, he failed once and knew he would be tested again. Yet, he still failed to keep his lungs clean. Regardless of your view of today's marijuana laws you have to lay all of the blame on Lambo. If he was serious about a future Baseball career he had to know that he needed to stay off the pot. Yet, he didn't.

UPDATE: The one question I have, though, is when will The Left Field Pavilion make photoshop photo?

Say It Aint So, Lambo

Highly touted Dodger prospect and formerly ranked #1 man in the minors coming into the 2009 season, Andrew Lambo, has been suspended. It appears it was not for steroids, but is for a "drug of abuse" (i.e. including but not limited to marijuana, cocaine, heroin and LSD).

This is very unfortunate. He was having a great start to 2010 after a rocky 2009. He was batting .342 with a OPS of .956 in 19 games in AA. See his stats here at Baseball-Reference. He was drafted out of high school in 2007 in the 4th round, but should have gone higher. Teams had questions about some character issues that included being caught smoking marijuana as a high school sophomore.

Below is a Dodger press release sent this afternoon.

LOS ANGELES – Below is the Dodger organization’s response to the 50-game suspension of minor league outfielder Andrew Lambo for testing positive for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

“The Dodgers are disappointed to learn of this news and we fully support Major League Baseball’s drug policy and its penalties. The organization does not condone the use of any substance not sanctioned by MLB’s medical staff.”

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