‘I Wish I Had Taken Steroids’: How Cannabis Testing Wrecked Baseball Careers

Article by Brittany Ghiroli, The Athletic

‘I wish I had taken steroids’: How marijuana testing wrecked baseball careers By Brittany Ghiroli

It’s a Thursday morning in late August, when the rigors of a typical 162-game calendar often become laborious for Major League Baseball players. That’s not the case for left-handed pitcher Zack Dodson, who started the week with a quick trip to Paris and, six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time, is already into his afternoon. He chalks up the European jaunt “to the benefits of living in Germany,” where he plays semi-pro baseball.

The former Pirates fourth-round pick is a member of the Bonn Capitals and celebrated his 30th birthday in July. Dodson is five seasons removed from MLB-affiliated competition. Four years, eight months past the worst day of his life. He cried twice, for the separate 50- and 100-game suspensions he received for violating Minor League Baseball’s drug policy with marijuana. The final one, the winter after the 2015 season, turned his life upside down. Dodson stopped talking to his parents and lost his…

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