Marlins Pitcher Scott Proctor is a Recovering Alcoholic

Marlins Pitcher Scott Proctor is a Recovering Alcoholic

As Marlins pitcher Scott Proctor recovers from elbow ligament replacement, he’s also attempting to recover from alcoholism. Out for the season due to his elbow injury, Proctor told the New York Times and the New York Daily News that he is a recovering alcoholic and decided to quit drinking before his surgery. He has been attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings for more than a month.

According to the two New York publications, Proctor thanked Yankees player and former teammate Mariana Rivera for urging him to straighten out his life. Proctor played for the Yankees from 2004 to 2007, when he was traded to the Dodgers in 2007. He said he believes he ruined his chances of staying with the Yankees because of his alcohol abuse.

“I was miserable for so long, because I was living two different lifestyles,” the 32-year-old said. “I just got to the point where enough was enough. When your body’s that dry from all the booze, it’s got to have an effect. Do I know exactly what it did? No. I can’t sit here and say, ‘I remember that home run that guy hit, it was because I was blasted.’ You can’t be as consistent when you’re doing that kind of thing.”

Proctor is married with three young children, but says he has no memory of some family moments due to his drinking. He told the New York Times that he did not crave alcohol but that he couldn’t control himself when he did drink. His drinking led to bad decisions, he said, and he didn’t like the person he became.

“Did I wake up starving for a drink? No,” he told the Daily News. “Was I an alcoholic? Yes, but it wasn’t due to the fact that I had to have alcohol. It was due to the fact that it was affecting my life in negative ways. AA, to me, it’s not just about alcohol; it’s about everything. Every day, you have decision-making to do, and you can do it the right way or the wrong way. I was choosing the wrong way a lot.”

After spending the second half of 2007 and all of 2008 with the Dodgers, Proctor was signed as a free agent by the Marlins but didn’t play this season due to elbow pain. His goal is to be ready for Spring Training 2010.

Proctor’s contract with the Marlins ends this season, and he said he would love to play for the Yankees again. He hopes General Manager Brian Cashman knows that he’s changed. “I was really messed up. Now I’ve got it straight, so I’d love to pitch in New York again,” he told the Daily News. “I loved pitching in New York, the atmosphere, the organization; I loved everything about it.”

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