With an entire decade of Major League Baseball scandals, Olympic athletes losing medals, and Lance Armstrong having his life's work erased, Americans couldn't be blamed for assuming that up-and-coming athletes have learned from the mistakes of others. Unfortunately, they would be wrong.
The Associated Press today has reported that a minor league player has been suspended 50 games for using steroids.
According to the report, Brandon Brown tested positive for Stanozolol, a synthetic anabolic steroid. Brown is currently a free agent, and his 50-game ban will begin when (and if) he signs with a new team. He is one of 18 minor league athletes who have been suspended just this year following drug tests.
Brown had most recently played third and second base for the Class A minor league Savannah Sand Gnats, a team which is affiliated with the New York Mets. According to Baseball Reference, Brown hit .222 with 34 RBIs in his last season with the Sand Gnats.