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Steve Howe dead at 49

Former Yankees and Dodgers pitcher Steve Howe has died in a car crash (mlb.com).

Moss was perhaps more known for off-the-field problems than anything he delivered on the mound. While a good relief pitcher, he was suspended seven times during his career (a Major League record). He was finally suspended for life in 1992 after he was given a seventh chance and got busted trying to buy coke from an undercover agent.

His former agent, Richard Moss, blames a misdiagnosis and that his addiction to cocaine stemmed from ADD. I understand he’s trying to defend his longtime friend, but I think he’s got that backwards.

Doesn’t it seem like in the past eight months we’ve been seeing more and more “fall from grace” stories from former Major Leaguers and the repercussions of their choices? It’s a little alarming.

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  1. May 1, 2006 at 6:27 am

    I see this and of course I immediately draw parallels to my favorite fake sport. This kind of troubled life happens to wrestlers all the time. Will any baseball players take lessons from this? I hope so, because otherwise it’s all just senseless.

    • May 1, 2006 at 12:43 pm

      What’s weird is that the parallel exists not only with recreational drug use, but (as the media has seemingly learned when I started noticing guys like Bonds ballooning up to fifty more pounds of muscle in the offseason) with steroid use. It’s interesting how the two seem to go hand in hand, and I hope that MLB with its emphasis on the new drug policy stresses more than just the performance enhancers.

      Maybe it’s the 80s that’s to blame, since Howe and others who have experienced trouble in the sport primarily competed in that decade. Time will tell, I guess.

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