The Brewers have released first baseman Jon Singleton, according to his transactions log at MLB.com. The move comes a few days after he was designated for assignment once Milwaukee signed Brian Anderson.
Singleton didn’t appear in an MLB game with the Brew Crew during his brief stint on the 40-man roster. He hasn’t played in the majors since 2015, his second season as a member of the Astros. A one-time top prospect and recipient of a $10MM extension before reaching the majors, Singleton struggled to a .171/.290/.331 line through 114 big league games. He connected on 14 home runs with a massive 14.3% walk percentage but struck out at an untenable 36% clip.
After spending a couple seasons in the minors, Singleton was released by Houston. That came on the heels of a suspension after failing a drug test, with the left-handed hitter later admitting he has battled marijuana addiction. Singleton was out of the sport entirely for a few seasons but embarked on a comeback in Mexico two years ago. A monster 46-game run there earned him a minor league opportunity with Milwaukee heading into 2022.
Singleton spent the year with the Brew Crew’s top affiliate in Nashville. He struck out at a near-28% clip and only hit .219, but he more than compensated with his typical blend of patience and power. Singleton walked at a 20.1% clip to reach base at a strong .375 rate and popped 24 home runs in 581 plate appearances. It didn’t get him a big league call but impressed Milwaukee’s front office enough they re-signed him to a minor league deal at the start of the offseason and quickly added him to the 40-man roster to prevent another team from taking him in the Rule 5 draft.
Unfortunately for Singleton, the Brewers’ high rate of turnover this offseason squeezed him out of the picture. Assuming he goes unclaimed on release waivers, he’ll be free to explore other opportunities as a free agent.
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No mention of the drug test and suspension? https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.milb.com/news/houston-astros-jon-singleton-suspended-100-games-dean-deetz-80-games-265210910&ved=2ahUKEwjQ8eDp7ub8AhXBAjQIHcPwBxIQFnoECAgQAQ&usg=AOvVaw2zhogdToIsxWKWBQCqvO8B
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Off to Korea and back as Eric Thames in 3 years.
I’ve never “battled” with my marijuana addiction. We get along great .
While I know there are a lot people who don’t take marijuana seriously as something that a person can get addicted to, the facts are there are people that do have addictive personalities that indeed do get into pot as their drug of addictive choice.
It’s like any other addiction. Some people can have a beer or wine with dinner or something harder after dinner, and have no problem. But there are those people that can’t because they can’t stop themselves from drinking. Same thing with gambling, video games, sex, eating, etc. which is exactly like what happens when you see the person that is addicted to weed.
It’s not a physical addiction like other drugs though. You don’t go through withdrawal when quitting. All you have to do is put it down and not pick it up again and your life will be fine moving forward. Other drugs, not so much. Me…I had a much tougher time giving up cigarettes than giving up weed and I basically smoked every day from age 21-26 or so. I didn’t give up cigarettes for another eight years after.
That isn’t true. Any time you put something in your body that causes your hormones to react differently than usual it can lead to a physical addiction. Your body may not go through obvious signs of “with draws” like some drugs but the physical addiction is real.
You really shouldn’t talk about addiction when you don’t understand it. People can get physically addicted to THC, PEDS, sex etc. your body can gets physically addicted to the hormonal releases.
I personally went through it. Trust me, I understand what happened to me just fine.
There’s a big difference between addiction like heroin and addiction to weed (or in this case cheeseburgers)
You can’t just put down heroin like hiflew said. Even if you’re mentally strong enough you go through withdrawal and it’s the toughest thing some people ever have to go through
Being addicted to Weed, or cheeseburgers is just being weak mentally. There’s 0 physical addiction with those items (and many more) and 100% a mental failure of the person to have any self control.
One needs help and the other needs to give their head a shake
I’m a “pothead” so to speak, have used Marijuana since a teen and on a daily basis by choice as an adult.
When I went to live in Indonesia, it’s not looked upon favorably there and no one wants to go to jail in a foreign country
So for a solid year, I decided willingly to NOT partake in my hobby and I didn’t break a sweat, It didn’t even worry me before I left, I knew I wouldn’t even think about smoking weed. Why? Because it has 0 physical properties that would cause my body to be addicted to it.
Again, you don’t know what you are talking about and the fact you both feel the need to belittle peoples addiction because you were not addicted is flat out wrong.
People can become addicted to anything that changes their chemical state, weed, sex, alcohol, steroids etc. and just because you smoked weed and gave it up for a bit doesn’t mean jack! I know people who casually use cocaine, does that mean there is no such thing as cocaine addiction? Same with any drug, some people, most people, can casually use it. How many people daily are prescribed oxytocin? Or antidepressants?
Based on your example, I guess I can say there is no such thing as alcohol dependency because I drank everyday when I was younger and I gave it up completely when I would get deployed.
Same here, but i smoked everyday from 17-27 im 33 and stillthave yet to quit smoking tho. Prescription drugs were a problem for a while too. Welcome to eastern canada lol
Thanx for the condescension Dr. Ascoo, but I didn’t order it. Go teach a class or something.
Drasco, your hearts in the right place but your head isn’t.
What your actually doing is belittling actual addicts who have life and death struggles with certain dependencies.
What others here are trying to help you with, is understanding the difference between physical dependencies and mental ones.
The Mental ones won’t kill you to stop.
If you locked someone addicted to Heroin or even Alcohol in a cell for a week with nothing but bread or water theres a good chance that person will pass
If you did the same to someone addicted to weed or cheeseburgers you’d be doing them a favor. They’d maybe realize they can function without it (no physical damage will happen to them I.e. withdrawal symptoms)
Cigarettes are another physical dependency drug. But it doesn’t have nearly as severe physical withdrawal symptoms, it sucks quitting but it’s not life threatening. However studies show the physical dependency of Nicotine is actually harder to break than Opioid addiction.
I’m not a doctor by any stretch of the imagination, and I don’t believe you are either. But this isn’t my “opinion”. I don’t ingest anything that I don’t know its effects to my body.
Do you know what weed does to you? Do you know Marijuana extracts have been prescribed by physicians for over a hundred years? Did you know there are anti cancerous properties related to Marijuana? You understand the process of getting “high” with Marijuana is simply the process of it expanding the pores of your lungs allowing you to get increased amounts of oxygen into your bloodstream, almost similar to hyperventilating. More oxygen = Good and thats not even starting to describe the actual medicinal component CBD
Mental addiction aren’t the same as physical ones.
While I get what you guys are explaining about the difference between physical and mental addiction, all addictions are mental with some having physical attributes that are stronger than others. When you are someone that can quit something without any withdrawal, that means you aren’t an addict physically or mentally. Anyone that has dealt with addiction themselves or have had someone close to them deal with addiction, you will see the difference. And it doesn’t matter what it is. Gambling, video game and sex addictions don’t have physical withdrawals. They have mental withdrawal. Weed does too. That’s why you see people who can’t stop smoking weed. For them, it’s not as simple as just putting the weed down and just stopping anymore than other addicts can’t stop gambling, playing video games, having reckless sex, eating beyond excess, just like hard drugs and alcohol, etc. And like pointed above, there are people that take cocaine and hard drugs recreationally without dependency. It’s not their drug of choice.
When a person has an addiction problem, it’s just a matter of finding their drug of choice. Just because you can just simply stop doing something, it doesn’t mean everyone can stop. You are not an addict or not addicted to the item that you can just stop doing. An addict is someone that has addictive traits that, upon finding their drug of choice, can’t stop no matter how much it adversely affects their lives – whether that be weed, gambling, video games, sex, cocaine, meth, heroin, alcohol, chocolate cake, etc.
Just because you can stop smoking weed does not mean that people aren’t and can not become addicted to weed. Whether you believe it’s mental or physical is not the issue. It’s the inability to stop no matter what that makes it an addiction. And withdrawals are not limited to physical symptoms, otherwise, gambling, sex, video games and other similar issues would not be considered addictions.
Clearly I’m wrong… this message board where people clearly know more about baseball than GMs and PBOs also know more than the CDC when it comes to addiction. My mistake doctors…
God forbid ANYONE educate themselves beyond their opinions… that’s what makes America great.
You’re making it really difficult to be civil and continue with just logical factual information to benefit society, I’ve been known to throw a few insults from time to time but it’s 2023 I’m trying to turn over a new leaf.
Some people are steadfast in their beliefs for various reasons, some from experience, some from knowledge and some from ignorance.
Each party gets it right and wrong, blind squirrels find nuts occasionally.
I might be a blind squirrel on most if not all topics, I understand there are people much smarter than myself in any topic I could fathom being an expert.
However, most of us here, myself included educate ourselves and put belief in our opinions because we understand how stupid and ignorant we are, we’re just repeating what other more intelligent people have taught us. That’s really all education is. Trusting that you’re an idiot but realizing there are other people out there who master particular topics and it’s in your best interest to follow their teachings and divert to them on particular issues. Regardless of your feelings and opinions on any subject and whatever level of expertise you think you bring to the table
I’ll trust my research and the people who have put so many years into their respective fields but would love to read your side if you have things to point to in your favor
I think Dr. Asco is addicted to misinformation. I don’t believe approaching them with facts, figures or god’s honest truth is going to make a difference in their misguided and disrespectful perspective.
Bart Harley Jarvis
I wondered about having a chronic chronic addiction when I noticed about a dozen Amsterdam Schipol Airport stamps in my passport back around 2005. Kooky.
I went cold turkey off of Percocet. That sucked. Have given up Dr Pepper a few times. Have been off now about 6 months. I drink it when I go out to dinner. There is a physical withdrawal from caffeine and a mental one also. I would imagine caffeine is closer to cigarettes than any of the hard drugs. You both are correct anything depending on your tendencies to become addicted. When you put foreign chemicals into your body depending on what they do can be addictive. Let’s call it a tie both sides right but the other side is wrong.
Getting back on topic I remember when this guy came up. He hit some bombs off Seattle’s pitching staff. He was going to be the next greatest thing since PB&J. I have to admit I was glad to see he did not live up to the hype. Not sure how many guys the Astros have extended that have been failures but not enough.
Oh getting back to addiction I was addicted to sex. My wife kept up with me for about 15years. Then she started tapering me off. Menopause hit and then it went downhill after that.
Striking out at a 28% rate in AAA probably equates to about 40% at the big league level. Maybe higher.
Would be interesting to see him in KBO.
Don’t see any Asian club taking a chance with him considering his weed problem. Those countries have a zero tolerance policy for it.
He could probably play over in Russia. They don’t seem to mind athletes with weed.
He has a weird sequence of transactions this offseason. He was under minor league contract for 2023, but because they selected him and now released him, he is not going to be with the AAA team for 2023. It feels like they made a mistake in protecting him from the Rule 5 draft since less than 2 months later no team wanted to give him a 40 man spot. I wonder if he only signed that minor league extension under the pretense they would select him to their 40 man roster once free agents were declared.
Disappointing for him, I’m sure, but he can hold his head high: not everyone could make Boyz N The Hood AND have a pro baseball career
Would be funny if it weren’t for the fact that one of these guys was dead.
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It’s ironic that he is the exact opposite of Dee Gordon (a guy who does actually single a ton). His profile is high power and low average.
From the articles I read back in November I really thought this guy might replace Rowdy. Now I don’t need to purchase a new T-shirt jersey.
I’m disappointed it didn’t work out for him with my Brewers. Hope he gets another MLB chance soon. Would be a great comeback story.
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Maybe he calls it a career? Older now. It’s been 8 years since he played at league level. That said, that MLB time was with Houston. Maybe Elias in Baltimore gives him a non roster ST invite to compete for that 1b lefty swinging back up presence the Os are looking for?
If anything not a bad comeback at 31!
Every time Singleton pops up, I’m reminded of marijuana and the fact that he has 420 career mlb plate appearances lol. Part of me selfishly hopes he never plays in the majors again to keep the joke going.
I hope he does get another MLB chance so he can shed that stigma. I love seeing people develop into better people. And I know you’re only joking
For sure just joking. I have zero stigma about weed, honestly. I regularly partake myself lol. The impossible irony of that stat just makes me laugh. Singleton definitely doesn’t deserve to be held down for that reason, and I don’t think he is. He just hasn’t performed in a while.
Marijuana doesn’t hurt anyone, man. It’s only a positive and helps everyone’s life, man. We should all drive high as well because there’s no possible side effects to that behaviour either, dude.
Finally…someone who gets it. Smoke on brotha man.
Finally…someone who gets it. Smoke on brotha man
Really a shame how this poor kid couldn’t put it together. He looked amazing as a prospect I was really hoping we’d be watching him in the majors for a long time. Maybe he can turn it around and cut down on the Ks and have a late comeback.