Players find tobacco habit hard to shake

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There’s one aspect of his routine David Ortiz wishes he could stop: the need to have a pinch of tobacco in his right cheek.

It’s a habit he picked up in the minor leagues and can’t break.

“I use it as a stimulator when I go to hit. But the minute I finish my at-bat I spit it out,” Ortiz said. “It keeps me smooth and puts me in a good mood. I don’t do it in the offseason. I don’t really like it that much, to be honest with you.”

Major League Baseball rules prohibit teams from providing tobacco products to players and “strongly encourages” clubhouse attendants not to purchase tobacco for players.

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