Yesterday it was revealed that Eric Gagne claims in his upcoming biography that 80% of his teammates with the Dodgers back in the day took PEDs. Adrian Beltre was one of his teammates back then — and people have speculated about him using PEDs in the past — so it was understandable that someone asked him about it yesterday:
“He should have named names. I don’t know what you want me to tell you … For him to say something like that, he should have come out with names instead of a percentage.”
Sounds like the same old dance we always hear when this kind of thing bubbles up. Next thing I figure we’ll hear is Gagne walking back his claim of 80%. And at some point in the future someone else from that team will be outed as a PED user and it will all bubble up again.
The Astros have released first baseman Jon Singleton, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Singleton, 26, was suspended for 100 games after testing positive for a drug of abuse for a third time. He has had issues with marijuana in the post and admitted to being a drug addict several years ago. He said, “At this point it’s pretty evident to me that I’m a drug addict. I don’t openly tell everyone that, but it’s pretty apparent to myself. I know that I enjoy smoking weed, I enjoy being high and I can’t block that out of my mind that I enjoy that. So I have to work against that.”
Singleton played parts of two seasons in the majors in 2014-15 with the Astros, batting a combined .171/.290/.331 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI in — appropriately — 420 plate appearances. He spent 2016 with Triple-A Fresno and 2017 with Double-A Corpus Christi, putting up middling numbers.
If he can convince teams he’s still actively working to overcome his addiction, Singleton may be able to find an opportunity elsewhere. But his road back to the majors remains long. He was once a top prospect in the Phillies’ system, then was traded to the Astros in the Hunter Pence deal back in July 2011.