So this is refreshing: A Major League player was busted for drugs, and it didn’t have anything to do with performance enhancers. The International Baseball Federation announced Thursday that Chicago Cubs’ catcher Geovany Soto tested positive for marijuana while playing for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic in March. Bad catcher!
“While I full acknowledge my inappropriate behavior, I want to assure my fans and my family that this was an isolated incident,” said Soto in a statement today. Unknown is why the IBF is releasing this information now, or how Soto expects us to believe that he only tried pot one time. Other than that, what does this mean?
Soto will be banned from international play for two years. But it doesn’t effect his standing with the Cubs, who are not playing Puerto Rico any time soon to my knowledge. The Cubs released a statement saying that Soto has been drug tested regularly and this was the only positive test.
From the CHICAGO TRIBUNE:
“If I’m man enough to do the stuff, I’m man enough to face [the consequences],” Soto told Cubs beat reporters after Thursday’s 6-5 loss to Detroit at Comercia Park. “I just want to apologize to the Cubs organization, my family and the fans most of all.
“I just want to put this behind me. I don’t want this to be a distraction for me or my teammates. I’d appreciate if this is the last time we talk about it. It’s embarrassing.”
Meanwhile, if we took a poll amongst Cubs fans, I’d bet that the majority would vote for Soto to take up PEDs rather than pot. Last season’s NL and Sporting News Rookie of the Year is hitting .227 with 6 homers and 21 RBI.