Astros’ Singleton talks about addiciton to marijuana


Jonathan Singleton has admitted that he has a drug problem.
Jonathan Singleton has admitted that he has a drug drawback. (USATSI)


Astros first base prospect Jonathan Singelton has been suspended twice in the minor leagues for failing drug tests for marijuana. At the time of his second suspension, his official assertion noted a "lapse in judgement," but that truly wasn't true, based on Singleton himself.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Singleton revealed that he was hooked on pot and needed to enter a treatment program.

From the AP article:

"At this level it's fairly evident to me that I am a drug addict," he instructed The Related Press over breakfast on a recent day close to the Astros' camp. "I do not openly inform everybody that, but it surely's fairly apparent to myself."

Vividly so.

"I know that I enjoy smoking weed, I get pleasure from being excessive and I can't block that out of my mind that I get pleasure from that," he mentioned. "So I have to work towards that."


"I knew I had a problem," he said. "Even after I failed the second drug test I could not quit smoking weed. It was actually unhealthy. Me going there was positively the perfect move."

He didn't feel that approach when he first entered. Fearing the unknown, he says he did not sleep for three days straight.

"They might turn off the lights at eleven:30 and I might simply sit there and stare at the ceiling as a result of I couldn't fall asleep," he said. "My coronary heart was beating too fast. I might get evening sweats. It was unhealthy. I legitimately went through withdrawal."

Singleton desperately needed to leave and wasn't open to the recovery course of.

"However after I was there for therefore lengthy it just grew on me," he said. "I was like, 'I will be right here for 30 days, so I'd as nicely get the best out of it that I can.' I used it as a learning experience."

Singleton said he has now prevented marijuana for over a 12 months, however he also ran into habit once more within the type of alcohol.

"I went by means of some slight nervousness, some despair because I wasn't being profitable," he mentioned. "That was definitely difficult and that drove me to drink."

He admits to abusing alcohol as a substitute for marijuana, getting drunk virtually day-after-day and "waking up hung over every morning."

The story up to now has a cheerful ending, as Singleton confirmed up for camp clean and in reportedly in fine condition. The AP story additionally pointed out that Singleton is confident he won't relapse and is in a superb place proper now with himself.

As far as on-field efficiency, it is easy to see how he could have been affected last season by the alcohol. He hit220/.340/.347 with six homers in seventy three games in Triple-A. In 2012, he hit284/.396/.497 with 27 doubles and 21 homers in 131 video games for Double-A Corpus Christi. His energy upside – he's 6-foot-2, 235 kilos – is why he is been ranked as a consensus high-30 prospect in all of baseball. He has a shot to open the 2014 season with the Astros, but another stint in Triple-A seems more possible at this juncture.

Staying clean will go a good distance toward him reaching his immense ceiling. Good luck to Singleton on that entrance.

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Astros drew a 0.0 TV rating Sunday in the Houston area

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Raise your hand, Houstonians, in the event you watched

Sunday’s Cleveland Indians-Houston Astros sport

on TELEVISION. Now everybody look around and marvel in any respect the hands not in the air.

Sunday’s Astros game earned a 0.0 ranking in the Houston space, in accordance with Nielsen, which tracks viewership. That is, as in nobody, as in not a soul whose TELEVISION habits are tracked by Nielsen tuned in to look at the Astros lose their ninth straight sport and league-worst a hundred and fifth of the season.

The Astros have been playing in Cleveland on the identical time that the Houston Texans have been taking part in in Baltimore, so it was a straightforward selection when you’re a Houston sports fan. The Texans sport, by comparability, was seen in about 526,553 households, in response to Nielsen (via the Houston Chronicle). That is 23% of Houston’s 2.28 million TV-watching households.

When we talk about Nielsen scores, we have now to totally admit they’re flawed. They endure from one of baseball’s favourite fallacies — the much-maligned “small sample measurement.” To find out TELEVISION rankings, Nielsen tracks what a percentage of viewers watch after which initiatives these figures to 100% of the world. So it’s much like wanting on the 12 residence runs Justin Upton hit in April and determining that he’ll hit seventy two by season’s finish. (He really has 26 right now).

In Houston on Sunday, Nielsen’s information was primarily based on what 581 properties watched. So whereas the rating is a good indicator that there wasn’t very a lot interest in the Astros, it doesn’t necessarily imply that not a single particular person watched the game. That would be both amazingly sad and amazingly difficult to measure.

Another issue at play: CSN Houston, which airs Astros video games, is not obtainable to a very good chunk of people in the Houston space because the station does not have offers with DirecTV and Dish Network, among different cable providers. The Astros cannot actually blame anybody but themselves for that, though. The staff, together with the Houston Rockets, is an element proprietor of CSN Houston.

So what were folks in Houston watching as an alternative of the Astros? From the Chronicle:

NASCAR’s Dash Cup race from New Hampshire had a 1.three Nielsen score on Sunday afternoon in Houston. A “Law and Order” rerun on TNT between noon and 1 p.m. had a zero.9 score. NFL Network’s display screen of NFL score updates had a 0.16 rating. Formulation One racing from Singapore had a 0.14 rating on NBC Sports Community. A “21 Jump Street” rerun on Channel 57 from 1 to 2 p.m. had a zero.04 rating. A “Cosby Show” rerun from 2 to 2:30 p.m. on Channel 39 had a 0.5 rating. CNN and Fox Information Channel mixed for a 0.3 ranking from 1 to 2 p.m.

Twenty-yr-old reruns of “21 Jump Road” and “The Cosby Present” are extra appealing than the 2013 Astros, huh? That’s dangerous.

It makes you surprise if an area station were to air a 20-12 months-outdated Astros sport, would it have better viewership than a current Astros recreation? Shoot, in all probability. The Astros received 85 video games in 1993.

Now if it had been a 30-year-outdated Astros rerun and so they were carrying these previous Roy G. Biv uniforms and Nolan Ryan were pitching, then case closed.

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The Houston Astros are the worst team in baseball, but they’re making the most money … EVER

By now, we all know the ballad of the 2013 Houston Astros: Lower your expenses, lose, save more money, carry on losing, level toward the longer term and hope.

Houston’s forty three-86 document is the worst in baseball and mathematic proof that the Astros are twice as unhealthy as they’re good. The staff’s333 profitable percentage is more than 50 factors lower than even its partners in main league distress, the Miami Marlins.

Turns out, although, the Astros are No. 1 in one thing — making money. Based on Forbes, who knows a factor or two in regards to the almighty dollar, the 2013 Astros, homeowners of baseball’s lowest payroll, are also probably the most profitable crew in MLB. Not simply this season, however in baseball historical past.

The Astros, under the watch of proprietor Jim Crane — a Texas businessman who has a background in insurance, gasoline, power and freight — are on pace for $ninety nine million in income this season, Crane’s second as owner. Writes Forbes’ Dan Alexander:

That is nearly as much because the estimated working revenue of the previous six World Collection championship teams — combined.. Of the 270 Major League Baseball teams who have taken the sector since 2005, none have completed with a worse winning percentage than Houston’s.

They have change into so profitable thanks to slashed payroll expenses and soaring tv revenues. Since becoming the Astros’ proprietor in 2011, Crane has gutted the staff of its costliest players whereas build up the farm system. Over the course of this season, the team can pay its players an estimated $21 million in wage and bonuses. That is down $56 million from 2011, when Crane bought the workforce.

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And that $21 million is sofa-cushion money in comparison with some of baseball’s most bloated payrolls. Take into account this: The Yankees have 9 players who make more than the Astros whole roster makes. Alex Rodriguez, baseball’s highest-paid participant, is supposed to make $28 million this season. The highest paid Astro? That is Eric Bedard, who is making $1.15 million.

Pitcher Eric Bedard is the highest paid Astros at $1.15 million (Getty Pictures)

A huge chunk of the Astros’ income come from their TV deal, booming sources of income for pro sports groups nowadays. The Astros’ deal pays them $eighty million this season. Mix that with the very low payroll and an attendance that’s not absolutely the worst in baseball, and you’ve got a method to count cash.

Astros attendance averages 19,905, which is twenty eighth out of 30 groups, but it surely’s higher than the Tampa Bay Rays, who have 31 more wins than the Astros however the worst common attendance within the league, 18,927.

All this value-reducing in Houston comes with the promise of higher days ahead. Crane and his Astros braintrust have been increase the farm system — including the final two No. 1 general picks, shortstop Carlos Correa and pitcher Mark Appel — and have mentioned they’ll spend cash when the time is correct. Of course, guarantees can solely quiet a fan base for therefore lengthy, especially one that sees the income rising and the losses mounting simply as high.

Crane’s has clung to his rebuilding technique, even saying this preseason that fans might “write a examine for 10 million bucks” if they needed a better group on the field. In that same interview, Crane informed the Wall Road Journal:

“I did not make $100 million by making a lot of dumb mistakes. We’re not going to get all the pieces proper, but we’re going to get so much right.”

Now right here he’s, his staff close to making $100 million this season. Whether the Astros are getting issues right in the long-term, well, that is still to be seen.