Haudricourt on Jeffress

Milwaukee Brewers beat writer Tom Haudricourt was in Appleton last Wednesday to talk with Jeremy Jeffress.

Brewers' prospect Jeffress determined to stay clean
When you're one strike away from the baseball death penalty, every day presents a unique challenge. Any misstep and your career is over.

Jeremy Jeffress knows that feeling all too well.

"It is scary," he said. "It's like you're walking on eggshells."

The Milwaukee Brewers' hard-throwing pitching prospect put himself in that dangerous position by being unable to stop smoking marijuana. Jeffress knew he would be tested. He knew the consequences.

Yet he could not stop.

"It is a life-threatening thing, not just a baseball thing," said the 22-year-old right-hander, a first-round pick in the 2006 draft.

"I had to fix it, or I wasn't going anywhere. It would take me to the ground."
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Just to go on the record here, I am really pulling for Jeffress to make it.

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