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Minor league free agent suspended for refusal to take a drug test

Nov 12, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

Free will

Random press release:

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that free agent Minor League right-handed pitcher Rafael W. Martinez has received a 50-game suspension for his refusal to test, a violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

That’s one you don’t see very often.

This is the Rafael Martinez who was in the Giants organization.  But he apparently didn’t play anywhere in 2012. Before that he had some rookie league experience and then spent four years in the Dominican Summer League. You have to think that he simply gave up on baseball and didn’t take the test because, heck, why should he?

I’m sure someone, however, will spin this as further evidence that baseball needs tougher suspensions, drug use is rampant, etc. etc. froth, foam and growl.

  1. roverkarlthecannedham - Nov 12, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    He could be today’s Tom Sawyer. Though his mind is not for rent, don’t put him down as arrogant, his reserve, a quiet defense

    • manchestermiracle - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:49 AM

      Riding out the day’s events.

      You can choose a ready guide in some celestial voice.
      If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.
      You can choose from phantom fears and kindness that can kill;
      I will choose a path that’s clear-
      I will choose Free Will.

      Scientifically speaking, free will is an illusion.

  2. stex52 - Nov 12, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    I am very sympathetic. I work in the petrochemical industry, and as such am subject to random testing (safety and security are the excuses; although it’s really a plausible argument for reduced liability). I despise the testing as an invasion of my privacy.

    However, I recognize the term “condition of employment.” And the courts to date have not stood with the individual. So I submit to random tests.

    • paperlions - Nov 12, 2012 at 4:06 PM

      Yeah, but this is like you leaving the job last year and them suspending you for not submitting to continued testing in case you ever decided to work for them again.

      • ptfu - Nov 12, 2012 at 8:47 PM

        Actually, this is like being barred from your entire industry. You can’t work for any petrochemical company in the future without serving the suspension that you incurred with a previous organization.

  3. sportsdrenched - Nov 12, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Why does that CD have such a big hole in the middle?

    • crisisjunky - Nov 12, 2012 at 3:53 PM

      It’s rhetorical.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 12, 2012 at 3:54 PM

      LOL! It’s called a gramophone and it’s the latest gizmo. You wind up this huge contraption and place the disk on it and music comes out of a speaker. Doesn’t even need batteries. You’re going to want one!!

      • hep3 - Nov 12, 2012 at 4:06 PM

        OUTSTANDING !!!!!

    • manchestermiracle - Nov 13, 2012 at 11:13 AM

      It looks like an old 45 rpm record, but I couldn’t find any evidence of any songs from this album being released in that format.

  4. bubbalynch - Nov 12, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    SF Giants organization once again! Why am I not surprised one bit?

  5. sabatimus - Nov 12, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    This whole thing is hilarious: he refused to take the test, thereby guaranteeing a suspension from a game he’s not playing.

    • gloccamorra - Nov 14, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      Of course he’s not playing. He just got his “eligibility” restored to seek employment and doesn’t even have an employer yet. He doesn’t even know if there’s a market for his employment. The minor league system is jumping the gun, and I think he has every right to see if there’s even a market for him before they begin testing. Of course, his refusal and suspension ensures that there will be no market for his services. Would Craig take his case arguing restraint of trade, or whatever it’s called?

  6. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Nov 13, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    This reminds me of when they used to suspend kids from High School for playing hookie.

  7. sirrealrainman - Nov 13, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Freewill : Rush : Awesome.
    Thanks Craig!

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