Anyone know what the deal is with Jeff Allison. Last I heard in Nov. he claimed that he kicked his habit and was going to be ready to go by spring. I havent heard anything good or bad since so I was wondering if anyone had any info on him out there
Former first-round draft pick Jeff Allison may not get another chance to pitch for the Marlins organization. The highly touted prospect has battled addiction problems since being drafted in June of 2003. Allison remains on the team's ''restricted'' list and the team refuses to say if Allison will be allowed to report to minor-league training camp. Mar. 7 - 9:25 am et Source: Miami Herald
JUPITER — The Marlins will open their minor-league spring-training camp today without former No. 1 draft pick Jeff Allison.
Last year Allison reported to camp in April, five weeks late, then left in May without permission, prompting the team to place him on its restricted list without pay.
Allison blamed the absences on an addiction to OxyContin, which was detailed in a December 2004 Sports Illustrated story. He was fined $200,000 by the Marlins for failing a drug test for marijuana that spring.
This year, the Marlins hope he will join minor-league camp, perhaps as early as April, said a source with knowledge of Allison's situation. "He's got to get clean first, but we hope to see him here," the source said.
Allison signed with the Marlins for a $1.85 million bonus after he was drafted with the 16th overall pick in the first round of the June 2003 amateur draft. The Marlins have withheld about two-thirds of that bonus because of his drug problems.
He was Baseball America's High School Player of the Year after going 9-0 without allowing an earned run in 64 innings for Peabody (Mass.) High School.
But after pitching nine innings for the Marlins' Gulf Coast League team that summer, he was sidelined with what was described as shoulder tendinitis.
In November, the 20-year-old pitcher told his hometown newspaper, The Salem (Mass.) News, that he planned to return to the Marlins.
"I talked with the club... and they said I'm welcomed (back)," he said. "I definitely intend to be there."
One man with courage makes a majority.
A few months back there was an article in Sports Illustrated on him. It doesn't talk about how he is doing very much, but is a very interesting story. The kid was poor and still dished out $80 for one pill of OxyContin. Well anyways, I hope he gets his life back on track.
change of tone now it seems from the last couple of updates....
Jeff Allison - S - Marlins
Jeff Allison, the team's first-round pick in 2003, will not join the organization in any capacity during spring training. The saga of the former Baseball America High School Player of the Year continues. He has been in and out of substance abuse treament centers over the last year, and it looks like the Marlins are trying to wash their hands of him. Mar. 9 - 10:29 am et Source: Miami Herald
Jeff Allison - Starting Pitcher - Marlins Apr. 9, 2005 - 7:36 pm et
2003 first-round pick Jeff Allison has been removed from Florida's restricted list and been placed on the temporary active list at Single-A Greensboro. Allison, who says he has recovered from an additition to the painkiller OxyContin, will probably join the active roster soon. It's good news for a pitcher whose Marlins career seemed to be over last year. He looked like an excellent prospect before missing 2004. Source: marlins.mlb.com