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Ex-Bluefish Pitcher Suspended: Thanks to one of my handy-dandy tipsters for pointing out that former Bridgeport Bluefish P Luther Hackman was suspended 50 games for a violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Hackman, who went 8-0 with a 2.81 ERA in 27 games for the Bluefish in 2006, finished last season with the Texas Rangers organization and would be suspended for the first 50 games of the 2008 season if he signs with another organization or re-joins Texas.

Hackman, who turned 33 last month, could very likely return to the Atlantic League as a result. The list of minor leaguers who’ve been suspended for similar violations is a lengthy one, but the list of those players who’ve joined the Atlantic League afterwards is a fairly long one as well. – Mike Ashmore

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1. KenD - November 1, 2007

Mike,

Doesn’t the AtL honor the suspensions from organized ball? In other words, wouldn’t he have to sit out the first 50 games of the season? Just curious.

Ken

2. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - November 2, 2007

Considering the Atlantic League apparently doesn’t honor suspensions from other independent leagues, I doubt they would honor one from affiliated ball as well.

If you remember, Elliott Ayala was suspended by the Can-Am League at the very end of last season for an incident with an umpire. The suspension was — I don’t remember off hand — but somewhere in the vicinity of eight games or so.

Ayala signed with Somerset and missed no time.

3. KenD - November 2, 2007

The AtL’s relationship with MLB is very important to them. If MLB were to cut the AtL off, then it would be much harder for them to attract top talent. I suspect they would honor MLB suspensions. Anyway, maybe you can ask the league next time you are talking to them.

4. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - November 3, 2007

The complete list of minor leaguers suspended for steroid use is here — http://thesteroidera.blogspot.com/2006/09/list-of-minor-league-suspensions-for.html

In looking at the list, I’m not sure there’s a precedent set if Hackman chooses to come back to the AL. All of the AL players on the list returned to their organizations following their suspensions, best I can tell.


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