Is Energy Drink Banned In MLB?
Energy drinks are not banned in MLB since the Collective Bargaining Agreement does not have such a clause.
However, many MLB teams started to restrict them twelve years ago, in September 2011. Houston Astros, Brewers, and Diamondbacks all followed suit to prevent players from energy drink consumption. Astros began monitoring this issue in 2009 after a dehydration case of Wesley Wright.
Some teams prevented the drinks from coming to the clubhouse refrigerators, while others restricted the players from bringing their own inside the team quarters.
The MLB community had a mixed reaction to this news. Players like Joel Hanrahan, Jason Grilli, and J.J. Putz protested against the move, sharing the sentiment that it went against their labor practice.
Ross Atkins, the former Cleveland Guardians executive, stated that he needed incontrovertible proof that energy drinks really boosted the players' performance.