BOSTON -- Even though he didn’t realize he took a banned substance, Mark Parent said the punishment is part of the lesson his son Nick, a White Sox farmhand, must learn.
The White Sox bench coach addressed a 50-game suspension for PED use handed down to his son, Nick Parent, on Thursday.
A catcher for the organization’s Rookie-ball Bristol team, Nick Parent, a 36th-round draft pick in June, will sit out his team’s final two games this season and another 48 in 2014.
Sitting in the stands at Fenway Park on Friday, Mark Parent said even though his son, in an attempt to lose weight, was unaware he used a banned substance he has to accept it.
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“He’s got to be his own man,” Parent said. “He has to suffer his own consequences. I’ll give him all the advice I can in the offseason to help him get further in his career. The bottom line is he has to sit out after tonight 48 more games. That’s not good.”
Nick Parent is the team’s second minor-league to receive a 50-game suspension for PED use this month. Dominican Summer League prospect Pedro Rodriguez received a 50-game suspension on Aug. 23.
Mark Parent said he didn’t think his son’s suspension put him in a difficult spot but rather the organization.
“Any time we have a guy who gets caught doing something or caught it seems like a bad word,” Mark Parent said. “It’s not like he was trying to get away with anything. You make a mistake and you move on. It’s just like when they drafted him: If he got drafted by someone else, great. If nobody drafts him, great.”