No, it’s not a headline from 2003.
The Rangers released the son of their former All-Star, also named Ruben Sierra, while making minor league cuts on Wednesday.
The younger Sierra was a sixth-round pick in 2009. He didn’t embarrass himself in the minors, but neither was he proving to be much of a prospect in the three years since the Rangers grabbed him. He hit .256/.301/.401 with 56 strikeouts in 172 at-bats for short-season Single-A Spokane last season.
The elder Sierra began his career with the Rangers in 1986 and went to three All-Star Games before being traded to Oakland for Jose Canseco in 1992. He later returned to the Rangers for two additional stints and had his only really good season after age 30 with the team in 2001, when he hit .291 with 23 homers in 344 at-bats.
Traces of morphine, amphetamine, Prozac and Ambien were found in Roy Halladay’s system at the time of his death, according to the autopsy findings Zachary T. Sampson of the Tampa Bay Times reported Friday. The former Phillies and Blue Jays ace and two-time Cy Young Award winner was killed in a plane crash off the Gulf of Mexico last November. While the exact cause of the incident has not yet been determined, it was a combination of blunt force trauma and drowning that resulted in the 40-year-old’s death.
Further details from the NY Daily News revealed that Halladay sustained a fractured leg and a “subdural hemorrhage, multiple rib fractures, and lung, liver and spleen injuries” during the crash. As for the drugs present in his system, the autopsy report suggests that the presence of morphine could be linked to heroin use, though there’s no clear evidence that he did so.
The toxicology results also determined that Halladay had a blood-alcohol content level of 0.01. A BAC of 0.08 is the legal limit for operating a car, but current FAA regulations prohibit any alcohol consumption for eight hours before operating aircraft. Halladay was both the pilot and sole passenger aboard the plane when it crashed.
Previous statements from the National Transportation Safety Board indicate that the investigation is still ongoing and could take up to two years to resolve.