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Two minor leaguers suspended

Jun 27, 2014, 5:22 PM EDT

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Two dudes in the same organization get popped for 50 games:

Seattle Mariners Minor League outfielders Jamal Austin and Jabari Blash have each received a 50-game suspension without pay following second positive tests for a drug of abuse.  Austin is currently on the roster of the Double-A Jackson Generals of the Southern League, while Blash is on the roster of the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League.  The suspensions of both players are effective immediately.

Bad couple of says for Blash. First his luggage gets lost, then he gets suspended. Man, wasn’t even worth leaving Tacoma.

  1. Bar None - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Let’s pretend that Blash was using marijuana. Could he argue the fact that it is legal in Washington and, therefore, not a drug of abuse?

    • jwbiii - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:24 PM

      No. Employers can take sanctions against an employee that are outside of the law. Alcohol is also legal, but if you show up at work drunk, you will very likely get in trouble. Similarly with free speech. There all sorts of things you can to your manager that will lead to your soon being unemployed.

      • jwbiii - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:25 PM

        Eh. “say to your manager”

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