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Marlins prospect Kolby Copeland suspended for refusing drug test

Mar 5, 2013, 4:46 PM EST

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Kolby Copeland, a 19-year-old outfielder who was the Marlins’ third-round pick in last year’s draft, has been suspended 50 games for refusing to take a drug test.

Copeland follows Rays minor leaguer Cody Rogers, who was also suspended for refusing a drug test back in December. However, unlike Rogers he’s actually a decent prospect.

Copeland was the 127th overall pick last June out of a Louisiana high school and got $367,000 to sign. Going into the draft Baseball America‘s scouting report noted that Copeland “sat out the first part of high school season serving a suspension stemming from an underage drinking and driving arrest.”

  1. icanspeel - Mar 5, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Almost seems worse to refuse than to test and get popped for something. At least teams would know what he got busted for.. in this case people can assume its something worse than what it may be.

    • Kevin S. - Mar 5, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      Refusing to take a drug test: 50 game suspension.

      Actually driving 111 MPH in a 45 and refusing a breathalyzer: 0 game suspension.

      But yeah, baseball has its priorities in order.

      • paperlions - Mar 5, 2013 at 5:04 PM

        Have you checked to see if you are allowed to have an opinion on this or not?

      • cur68 - Mar 5, 2013 at 5:38 PM

        You need the Official Beaver Hat of Opinion Having, if you gonna have an opinion. Or something.

      • Kevin S. - Mar 5, 2013 at 5:39 PM

        I’m already not allowed to think Torii Hunter is an asshole, comment on the WBC or point out structural flaws in the Phillies (does that make Jonah Keri a troll, too?). Might as well add another opinion to the list of those I’m not allowed to have.

      • paperlions - Mar 5, 2013 at 6:04 PM

        Does the OBHOOH (Official Beaver Hat of Opinion Having) come with its own bar of soap?

      • cur68 - Mar 5, 2013 at 6:43 PM

        They come pre-soaped. One of the joys of having lots of seal blubber around is also having lots of soap making material.

  2. jimmymarlinsfan - Mar 5, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Somehow this is Jeff Loria’s fault for trading off parts of a last place team. That is for sure? Right knuckleheads?

    • historiophiliac - Mar 5, 2013 at 5:27 PM

      That troll is in spring training.

      • cur68 - Mar 5, 2013 at 5:37 PM

        He’s in off season form.

      • jwbiii - Mar 5, 2013 at 6:18 PM

        Definitely not in BSOHL.

  3. chill1184 - Mar 5, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Maybe his system is full of a cornucopia of drugs, who knows

  4. randygnyc - Mar 5, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Cope land has an underage DUI on his record. Reminds me of story back in high school (early 80’s). My friends and I had a keg party on a Friday night. I know it was Friday, because back then, kids always took our drivers license tests on Saturdays. One of my good friends went to take his driving test, and was promptly popped for a DWI. (Disclaimer, this was before the MADD awareness campaigns. Things were a little different then. Totally very bad behavior, but it wasn’t as big a deal then. Kinda like my parents, who smoked in the car with us, with the windows rolled up)

    • drewzducks - Mar 5, 2013 at 8:41 PM

      That would explain a lot. Sorry couldn’t resist. Times and attitudes were definitely different in those times. A family in my town had two sons killed in separate drunk driving accidents on the same stretch of road about 18 months apart.

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