In a world where one mistake can sometimes be imprinted so deeply upon one’s life that it becomes their label, Mississippi State pitcher Peyton Plumlee was in need of a second chance.
It was last summer. It’d been a year since Plumlee, who was a key piece of MSU’s 2017 run to a super regional, was suspended after he failed an NCAA drug test. The punishment for the Bulldog at the time? Plumlee was to miss 365 days from the date of the test. That meant the 2018 Mississippi State season was out for him.
The days and weeks passed for Plumlee. He wavered on whether or not to return to Starkville and shoot to return for 2019. It wasn’t long before he made his choice.
“The goal was always to be back out here (at MSU),” Plumlee said. “I kind of steered in a different way to maybe (play at an NAIA school) at one point, but then after talking to my dad, I realized my best shot was going to be to try to come back to Mississippi State and finish out the school year as a regular student for my junior year and then prepare for maybe getting a shot to come back (and play baseball) for my senior year.”
Plumlee put his head down and went to work. He waited for the opportunity to return.
For more on the story of MSU's Plumlee, see Friday's edition of The Starkville Daily News.