Tampa Bay Rays Prospect Josh Sale Headed Down a Familiar Road

By Joey Garrison
Kim Klement – USA TODAY Sports

The announcement of the Tampa Bay Rays indefinitely suspending highly-touted prospect Josh Sale caught the baseball world by surprise yesterday afternoon. The release by the Rays says that Sale was suspended due to “conduct detrimental to organization.” Sale is most notably known for his recent 50-game suspension due to testing positive for methamphetamine and an amphetamine, stemming from a failed test during the 2012 season. Sale was put on the Charlotte Stone Crabs, the Rays High-A affiliate, roster the day before the newest suspension was handed down. He had yet to record any playing time with the Stone Crabs.

According to reports, the newest suspension stems from a recent visit to a strip club, documented by Sale’s own Facebook page. Sale’s post paints a picture of him throwing quarters at a stripper and being kicked out of the club, rightfully so. Sale doesn’t stop there. Here’s the full status:

“Threw 50 cents at a stripper tonight. First time. Got kicked out and she got so pissed thought she was gonna cry … your a stripper. Be thankful. Hoe”

Thankfully for Sale, his story doesn’t have to end here. There’s another certain player that has gone through similar situations, during his time in the same organization.

Flashback to 2004, a young and highly-touted Devil Rays prospect by the name of Josh Hamilton was suspended for an entire year by the MLB. Hamilton struggled with many of the same things Sale has been struggling with; drugs, alcohol abuse, public disorder and just the lack of any maturity.

Hamilton, as many of us know, has an inspiring story that has led up to his current status as a MLB “star.” The projection of Sale bouncing back to become a “star” is a far-fetched idea, but one can only hope that he at least gets his life turned around, like Hamilton has. Sale, don’t let this be the ending to your story. Hamilton, get in touch with this kid.

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