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  • March 30, 1988

    Reds outfielder Eddie Milner is suspended for the 1988 season by Commissioner Peter Ueberroth after suffering a relapse of his cocaine problem, ending Milner's major league career.
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  • #2
    Yeah, and they gave Darryl Strawberry and Steve Howe dozens of chances. The commisioners office is corrupt.

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    • #3
      Whatever happened to Milner?

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      • #4
        A noteable defensive center fielder with speed in the early and mid-1980's, Eddie Milner is all but forgotten today. Milner was a younger cousin of first baseman/left fielder John Milner, who played for the Mets, Pirates and Expos from 1971-1982. Eddie debuted with Cincinnati in 1980 at the age of 25, after having been drafted in the 21st round in 1976. He played his entire career with the Reds with the sole exception of the 1987 season. In 1986, he tied Cesar Tovar's record of being the sole player on his team to record a hit in 5 games that season.

        Milner's suspension was for a repeat offense, having missed 52 days in 1987 while undergoing cocaine rehab while contracted to the Giants. As a free agent that winter, Cincinnati took a chance bringing Milner back. After failing to appear for a scheduled game in spring training, Milner confessed to a club official that he had suffered a relapse.

        The last player suspended by Commissioner Uebberoth for drug use, prior to Milner was LaMarr Hoyt, who also received a one-year suspension without pay. Hoyt's suspension was reduced to 60 games, however, after arbitrator George Nicolau heard the case.

        Gene Orza of the MLBPA filed a grievance on behalf of Milner and a compromise was reached wherein Milner was reinstated on May 27, after completing a drug rehab program. He had a miserable rest of the season and was not signed for 1989. He was 33.

        Eddie Milner is 52 years old today. At least as recently as four years ago, he was playing regularly for the Cincinnati Cubs in the Roy Hobbs Men's 30-and-over hardball league in the Greater Cincinnati area.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Classic View Post
          The last player suspended by Commissioner Uebberoth for drug use, prior to Milner was LaMarr Hoyt, who also received a one-year suspension without pay. Hoyt's suspension was reduced to 60 games, however, after arbitrator George Nicolau heard the case.
          That was also after Hoyt spent 45 days in jail for possession. He was later sentenced a year in prison.

          I'm glad to see that both Milner and Hoyt seem to have their lives in order now.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by dodgerdave View Post
            Yeah, and they gave Darryl Strawberry and Steve Howe dozens of chances. The commisioners office is corrupt.
            Yeah, your right. Couldn't possibly be the Player's Union who filed grievance after grievance for these guys and then suckered some dumber-than-a-bag-of-hammers arbitrator into agreeing these guys deserved another chance. And, of course, you have to absolve the teams that wanted them of any blame. Wouldn't want those goobers to shoulder any moral responsibility. Nope, far better to blame the one group that tried to suspend these guys.
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