It's been 10 months since Marlins ace Jose Fernandez died late at night while accidentally driving a boat into a jetty off the coast of Miami. He had alcohol and cocaine in his system at the time, according to the toxicology report. Two other passengers were killed, too. While baseball has been fixated on performance-enhancing drugs, cocaine usage in the major leagues is a separate issue and isn't rare, according to a HuffPost report by Andy Martino on Friday. Four unnamed players — two active and two who recently retired — spoke to the outlet on the subject. Three players said they thought about 5 to 25% of major leaguers use cocaine, with the other player estimating that "one or two guys" on his team used cocaine or marijuana. At least one of the players told HuffPost that he had seen someone's career decline amid lasting concern from the team about using the drug.
Current, former MLB players discuss the sport’s cocaine problem
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