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Drug pioneer Mike Jacobs returns to majors with Arizona

Sep 19, 2012, 6:32 PM EDT

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Mike Jacobs, the first athlete in North American pro sports to be suspended for failing an hGH test, is back in the majors for the first time since 2010 after being called up by the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

Jacobs, 31, served a 50-game suspension last year after testing positive for human growth hormone while playing for the Rockies’ Triple-A affiliate in Colorado Springs. His promotion comes after he hit .279/.362/.486 with 18 homers in 333 at-bats for Triple-A Reno this season.

Jacobs, a 38th-round pick of the Mets in 1999, reached the majors in 2005 and hit 32 homers for the Marlins in 2008. His numbers took a nosedive in 2009, and he has appeared in just seven major league games since, all of them coming with the Mets in 2010. He said he used hGH last year to recover from back and knee injuries that had plagued him.

  1. personalspaceinvader - Sep 19, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    His is the redemption story baseball deserves.

    Josh Hamilton? Never heard of her. I can’t wait until Mike Jacobs wins MVP.

    • pinkfloydprism - Sep 19, 2012 at 7:05 PM

      Sugar Ray fan?

  2. schlom - Sep 19, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Drug pioneer? Shouldn’t that headline really read “First drug scapegoat” as obviously Mike Jacobs wasn’t the first baseball player to use HGH, just the first to get caught.

  3. raysfan1 - Sep 19, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    HGH only tests positive for a very short time. Getting caught makes him either tremendously unlucky or not very smart. Plus, and I’ve posted this many times before, it is useless as a PED.

    • schlom - Sep 19, 2012 at 11:46 PM

      I’m not sure that’s really true. Here is an article about a study done on sprinting times: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2010/05/04/first-hard-evidence-human-growth-hormone-gives-sprinters-a-winning-edge/

      Obviously sprinting isn’t baseball but the drop in times is due to increased muscle performance. So it’s very likely that it would help you in baseball too.

  4. dwrek5 - Sep 19, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    I will always remember Jacobs for how much chaw he would have in when he batted. I have nothing against chewing, but do you really need a whole mouth full when at bat?

  5. bgeary8 - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    Love that he broke his bat in this picture.

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