Baseball Drug Suspensions
* Sept. 9, 1980--Texas Ranger pitcher Ferguson Jenkins suspended indefinitely after his Aug. 25 arrest in Canada on charges of cocaine possession. After a grievance hearing, arbitrator Raymond Goetz lifted suspension of Jenkins on Sept. 22.
* Aug. 27, 1982--San Diego Padre outfielder Alan Wiggins suspended 30 days after his July 21 arrest on California charges of suspicion of attempting to possess cocaine.
* Dec. 15, 1983--Dodger pitcher Steve Howe, Kansas City Royals first baseman Willie Aikens, Royals outfielder Willie Wilson and former Royals outfielder Jerry Martin suspended for one year. The three Royals entered guilty pleas Nov. 17 to federal charges of attempting to possess cocaine. Howe had tested positive three times in November for cocaine in voluntary tests. After a grievance hearing, arbitrator Richard I. Bloch on April 3 commuted suspensions of Wilson and Martin to May 15. Commissioner Bowie Kuhn commuted Aikens’ sentence to May 15.
* April 17, 1984--Atlanta Brave pitcher Pascual Perez suspended retroactive to April 3 (opening day) through May 15 after his Jan. 9 arrest in the Dominican Republic on charges of cocaine possession. After a grievance hearing, Bloch lifted the suspension of Perez on April 29.
* July 26, 1984--Free-agent pitcher Vida Blue suspended through remainder of 1984 season for illegal drug use.
* Feb. 28, 1986--Joaquin Andujar, Dale Berra, Enos Cabell, Keith Hernandez, Jeff Leonard, Dave Parker and Lonnie Smith suspended for one year with provision that they still would be able to play if they donate 10% of their 1986 base salaries to drug-prevention programs, submit to random drug testing and contribute 100 hours of drug-related community service in 1986 and 1987. Al Holland, Lee Lacy, Lary Sorensen and Claudell Washington suspended for 60 days with provision that they still would be able to play if they donate 5% of their 1986 base salaries to drug-prevention programs and contribute 50 hours of drug-related community service during 1986 and 1987. All suspensions were based on testimony given at September 1985 Pittsburgh trial in federal District Court of Curtis Strong.
* Feb. 25, 1987--Free-agent pitcher LaMarr Hoyt suspended for the 1987 season after his involvement in three illegal drug incidents during 1986. On Nov. 13, 1986, Hoyt entered a guilty plea in U.S. District Court in California to two misdemeanors--possession of propoxyphene and Valium--after his Oct. 28 arrest on charges of importing a controlled substance. Following a grievance hearing, arbitrator George Nicolau on June 16 commuted suspension of Hoyt to 60 days.
* March 30, 1988--Cincinnati Red outfielder Eddie Milner suspended for one year without pay as a repeat offender after his admission of cocaine use to team officials. Milner had undergone cocaine rehabilitation from April 17 to June 8, 1987. Suspension lifted June 19 after Milner completed drug rehabilitation and 20-day injury rehabilitation.
* June 25, 1988--Montreal Expo pitcher Floyd Youmans suspended indefinitely “for failing to comply with his drug-testing program.” Suspension set at 60 days on Aug. 10.
* Aug. 4, 1988--Seattle Mariner infielder John Rabb suspended indefinitely “for failing to comply with the major league baseball drug-testing program.”
* Sept. 22, 1989--St. Louis Cardinal outfielder Leon Durham suspended 60 days “for failing to comply with major league baseball drug-testing program.”
* Aug. 6, 1990--San Francisco Giant outfielder Rick Leach suspended for 60 days after positive drug test.
* Sept. 16, 1991--Atlanta outfielder Otis Nixon suspended for 60 days after a positive test for cocaine.
* Feb. 7, 1992--Expo catcher Gilberto Reyes suspended for 60 days after a positive test in the Dominican Winter League. After a grievance hearing, Nicolau ruled April 3 that Reyes should be treated as a first-time offender and lifted the suspension.
* March 6, 1992--Pascual Perez, now with the Yankees, suspended for one year after a positive test for cocaine.
* June 8, 1992--Steve Howe, now with the Yankees, suspended indefinitely after entering a guilty plea in U.S. District Court in Missoula, Mont., to a misdemeanor charge of attempting to buy a gram of cocaine. After a grievance hearing, Nicolau reduced the suspension to time served on Nov. 11, saying Howe was suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder.
* June 28, 1994--New York Met pitcher Dwight Gooden suspended for 60 days violating his aftercare program, reportedly testing positive for cocaine.
* Nov. 15, 1994--Gooden, who became a free agent on Oct. 24, suspended for 1995 for violating his aftercare program, reportedly testing positive for cocaine while on suspension.
* Feb. 6, 1995--Giant outfielder Darryl Strawberry suspended for 60 days after testing positive for cocaine in samples taken Jan. 17 and Jan. 18. Giants immediately release Strawberry.
* Aug. 18, 1997--Angel outfielder Tony Phillips suspended indefinitely by the team after his Aug. 10 arrest in Anaheim on felony possession of cocaine. After a grievance hearing on Aug. 20, Bloch immediately lifted the suspension.