Mark Hamburger's MLB career derailed by pot; he now lives in parents' Shoreview basement

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Hamburger's promising career stalled thanks to a "performance enhancing drug" -- not steroids, but ganja.
Think marijuana is a harmless drug? We mostly agree. But if you're looking for a sad pot-related story, look no further than the tale of 26-year-old Mounds View grad Mark Hamburger.

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Two years ago, Hamburger, a former Twins prospect, pitched five games for the Texas Rangers. His future seemed bright, and millions of dollars of income looked to be in his short-term future. But then he tested positive for pot. And then, this winter, he tested positive again.

The second failed drug test triggered an automatic 50-game suspension from the MLB, but Hamburger won't begin serving it until he signs with another team. In the meantime, he's pitching for the St. Paul Saints while living in his parents' Shoreview basement, and he recently completed a 28-day drug treatment course at a Hazelden center.

In an interview with the Pioneer Press, Hamburger acknowledged he "had a few issues."

"I partied all through baseball, and it caught up with me," he continued, adding that his month-long treatment was to "clear my head."

"I've been sober, and it's the best I've ever felt," Hamburger said.

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DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

Got to see Mark pitch for the Saints over labor day weekend and he looked great. I think he gave up two hits and no runs in 7 or 8...had a good fastball, I hope he does well.

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

"Mark Hamburger's MLB career derailed by lack of self control"

I fixed it, what do I get?

mr_microphone
mr_microphone

Get with the program Hamburger.  Your love for marijuana is contrary to MLB's advertisers interests. Major beer labels, and pharmaceutical companies suffer with the popularity of pot, as an alternative to what they want you to believe is status quo.  YOU need help, and Hazelton is just the place to take your money.   So get of the pot buddy, get a prescription and wash it down with an ice cold beer.   THEN you can play PRO baseball.  

BrundleFly
BrundleFly

sign with the twins, problem solved

kyl3wyld
kyl3wyld

It's not performance enhancing, pretty much the exact opposite, so why do they care? It's probably to get cheaper medical insurance rates.

Matt Nelson
Matt Nelson

Gotta follow your employers drug policy if you want the big bucks Hamburger. That being said, shame on Hazeldon for profitting from this unjust war on a plant. Somebodies gotta be high to think this is right.

Greg Overall
Greg Overall

Why do sports even test for this stuff? Good luck to the young man. I hope he works it out.

Drew Stress Hatfield
Drew Stress Hatfield

So they let they Canadian snowboard gold medalist keep the medal he won, but this kid can't pitch in the majors? Michael Phelps? How is pot performance enhancing?

Alex Anderson
Alex Anderson

...and I'll just say pee for enjoyment, not for employment.

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