• 23 Years Ago Today…Holland, Scurry, Berra & Washington

    Posted by on February 28th, 2009 · Comments (4)

    On February 28, 1986, Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth conditionally suspended 11 players – seven of them for a full season – for drug abuse. This all came about as a result of the Pittsburgh drug trials in 1985.

    The players who were suspended for a full year were allowed to play under the condition that they donated 10 percent of their base salaries to drug-related community service, submitted to random drug testing, and contributed 100 hours of drug-related community service. Those were:

    Joaquín Andújar, Oakland Athletics
    Dale Berra, New York Yankees
    Enos Cabell, Los Angeles Dodgers
    Keith Hernandez, New York Mets
    Jeffrey Leonard, San Francisco Giants
    Dave Parker, Cincinnati Reds
    Lonnie Smith, Kansas City Royals

    The four players who were suspended for only 60 days were allowed to play if they donated 5 percent of base salaries and contributed 50 hours of drug-related community service. Those were:

    Al Holland, New York Yankees
    Lee Lacy, Baltimore Orioles
    Lary Sorensen, Chicago Cubs
    Claudell Washington, Atlanta Braves

    Now, this is where it gets interesting. Rod Scurry was also a drug abuser and part of those trials in 1985. And, he played for the Yankees in 1985 and 1986. Further, on June 30, 1986, Claudell Washington was traded by the Braves (along with with Paul Zuvella) to the Yankees for Ken Griffey Sr. and Andre Robertson. Related, on July 27, 1986, the Yankees released Dale Berra.

    So, for four weeks during the 1986 season, the Yankees had Al Holland, Rod Scurry, Dale Berra and Claudell Washington on their roster at the same time.

    But, the Yankees had the third best overall record in the A.L. that season. Therefore, many Yankees fans were probably willing to look past the character of some of the members of the team…

    Comments on 23 Years Ago Today…Holland, Scurry, Berra & Washington

    1. Raf
      February 28th, 2009 | 12:21 pm

      But, the Yankees had the third best overall record in the A.L. that season. Therefore, many Yankees fans were probably willing to look past the character of some of the members of the team…
      ——
      Yep which is why I find the current attitude of fans WRT “0MG J00z!!!” amusing.

      Another thing that I’ll note is that those players weren’t moved because of drugs (like Hernandez & St Louis).

    2. Evan3457
      February 28th, 2009 | 2:35 pm

      Recreational drug abusers were just starting to be considered “victims” rather than “degenerates” at about that time.

      They certainly weren’t called “cheats” and “frauds”, except by old-time hardline newspaper guys like Dick Young.

    3. Don
      February 28th, 2009 | 2:38 pm

      Steroid users are certainly “cheats”.

      Another year, more of the A-Roid Circus. Thanks Hank.

    4. deadrody
      March 1st, 2009 | 2:45 pm

      Well, it is patently ridiculous to think that because of those suspensions, only 11 players in all of MLB were doing drugs at the time.

      If you believe that, I have some swampland in Arizona, real cheap!

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