MLB pitcher Scott Proctor says alcoholism led to his downfall
Former Yankees pitcher Scott Proctor says that his drinking problem is what led to career stumbles, not overusing his arm under the management of Joe Torre.
Proctor, who is now signed with the San Francisco Giants on a minor-league deal, had relieved 102 innings during 83 appearances in the 2006 season - setting a league record.
But he says that despite his exhaustion, he was also battling a "serious drinking problem," which didn't cease unless he ran out of alcohol or he passed out. After having surgery to replace a ligament, Proctor says that he spent a lot of time drinking, instead of keeping his head in the game despite his absence from the field.
"I think some things that happened and some poor choices on how I lived my life led to it more than anything," he told the San Francisco Chronicle. "I look back and think, what could I have been if I had lived life right and done things right?"
Proctor says he is now four years sober and hopes to make the Giants' roster this spring. He admits to being a little nervous to make his first spring training appearance.
"Once I've jogged from the bullpen and haven't tripped, I'm fine," Proctor said. "That's the nervous part for me."
Source: New York Daily News