Scott Proctor: Recovering Alcoholic


T-Kep writes about reliever Scott Proctor, who has admitted to alcohol abuse while with the Yankees and said it affected his performance at times. Mariano Rivera urged the righty to straighten his life out, but it wasn’t until recently that Proctor actually did. Although the team hasn’t admitted as much, it sounds like his off-the-field activities factored in to the decision to trade him back in 2007. The most important thing is that Proctor, married with three young children, has finally gotten his life back together. Currently out with Tommy John surgery, Proctor said he’d love to rejoin the Yanks when he’s heathy. (h/t Pinto)

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  • Accent Shallow

    I’d rather have him than Veras. Oh, wait. :)

  • My Pet Goat

    I remember 2009 as if it was yesterday…

    • Charlie

      yea i noticed that too

  • Zach

    I blame Torre

    • Mike Pop

      He had nightmares of Torre coming out to the mound signaling for the righty.

      • Zach

        In all seriousness you hope he gets better, elbow gets healthy. Id love to see the Yankees give him a minor league contract and invite to ST, ive always like Proctor, i think all Yankee fans did.

        But in the article he says himself that it does have an effect on his game, effected his consistency. But everyone will sit here and blame Torre for his inconsistency, and his injury 2 years later, after his original injury that he hid from the Dodgers.

  • Mike Pop

    I always liked Proctor, not to mention I only thought the Yanks had a 3 man bullpen at that time. Him, Almighty Mo, and Krazy Kyle.

    Good to hear he’s off the booze.

    • Accent Shallow

      It certainly seemed that way. Seemed every game I watched in ’06-’07 saw one relieve the other.

  • gxpanos

    This is sad. Scott was a machine in ’06 for the Yanks, and never complained about the blatant over(ab)use. He was a an intense competitor (remember when he burned his glove one time after a bad stretch?) and a stand-up guy. I wish him well, and would love to see him pitch again effectively after TJ and AA.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Good luck, Scott.

  • Mike

    Best wishes to Scott. Glad he’s getting help.

  • Lanny

    I’m sure people will blame Torre for this too.

  • Sam P.

    Proctor was maddening at times with the walks, or letting inherited runners score, but there are much bigger things in life than baseball. Getting yourself under control due to abusing alcohol certainly falls in that category. Congrats to Scott for making it a priority to straighten himself out, and best wishes to his future success – on and off the field.

  • http://statspeak.net dan

    I had no idea–never heard anything about this before. Let’s hope he stays clean.

    • Bob Stone

      I was very surprised as well. There are usually some rumors or rumblings. As an example, there were lots of stories about Derek Lowe the year before he left the Red Sox for the Dodgers.

      I also wish Scott well and wouldn’t mind seeing a successful return to the Yankees.

  • Charlie

    i don’t know much about proctor, i didn’t watch much baseball a few years ago. By the way, Dice-K to the DL. No suprise there. The WBC is clearly horrible for Major league players. I can’t think of anyone who WASN’t hurt during it

    • My Pet Goat

      Do you remember all the injuries from the 1st WBC…? Guess not.

      • Bob Stone

        I remember – What’s your point?

      • Charlie

        wait, what??

        • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

          What he means is that Dice-K pitched in the first WBC and came back with no problems. Dice-K’s only injury is a tear in his stretch of luck. The odds finally caught up with him.

          • Bob Stone

            Tom Verducci at si.com has written a lot about pitcher injuries from the first WBC. There definitely is a pattern that that seems more causitive than correlative. So Dice-K was probably just lucky after the first WBC. You can’t point to just one pitcher’s experience to prove a point when there are far more examples that are contrary to that point of view.

            • Bob Stone

              *causitive = causative

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      Charlie: Per our commenting guidelines, please keep comments on topic. This isn’t the first time we’ve had to ask you that.

  • Manimal

    Is that why he used to burn his gloves?

    • http://behindthemoat.wordpress.com CW

      I wouldn’t be surprised if he was bombed when he did that. That always struck me as weird.

      Regardless, I wish him the best.

  • Dave

    Always liked proctor, mostly because of his attitude towards his job. Very professional (at least in interviews) about how it’s his job to go out and get outs, regardless the situation or amount of use. Wanted the ball everyday. Phil Coke could use some of his attitude.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      That’s a pretty ridiculously baseless attack on Phil Coke. Care to explain that one?

      • Zach

        i saw a couple games in which Coke refused to come into the game, and when he finally got to the mound he just threw balls so he could be taken out.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

          That is absolutely absurd.

          • Zach

            I hope took that as sarcasm

            • Zach

              hope you*

              • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

                Ah, no I did not. I thought you were serious. My bad then.

                • Zach

                  No problem, just making fun of the guy who said Coke needs to want to take the ball more because Coke goes out there and does everything he’s asked- from facing one batter, more then 1 IP, 8th inning, picked up a save (not pretty though), pitched 3 games in a row, etc.

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    Happy Fathers Day Scott. Good luck with your disease.

    I would love to see him in Pinstripes again.

  • Jack

    Good for Proctor. Too bad Torre blew out his arm with overuse. Check this out- Looks like Torre is still ruining bullpen arms-


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