Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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MLB suspends Beckham for 50 games
Posted May 1, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated May 1, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Rays minor leaguer Tim Beckham has received a 50-game suspension from Major League Baseball after a second violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program for a drug of abuse.
“I regret that my poor judgment resulted in me letting my teammates and the Tampa Bay Rays organization down,’’ Beckham said. “I take full responsibility for my actions and I will use this experience to refocus my commitment to baseball. I recognize that I am blessed to be able to play baseball for a living. I owe it to my teammates, my family, and to myself to respect the game and the responsibilities that go with playing it as a professional. I am sorry.”
Beckham, the No. 1 overall pick by the Rays in the 2008 baseball draft, is hitting .204 at Triple-A Durham. In five seasons in the minors, the shortstop is a career .263 hitter.
“We are very disappointed by Tim’s actions, said Andrew Friedman, Rays Executive Vice President, Baseball Operations. “Tim possesses great potential, and he must rededicate himself in order to become the person and player we know he can be.”