• Amphetamines & Baseball Today

    Posted by on November 28th, 2012 · Comments (2)

    Via ESPN on November 2nd:

    Baltimore Orioles second baseman Ryan Adams was suspended Friday for the first 25 games of next season after testing positive for a banned amphetamine.

    The 25-year-old Adams played in 29 big league games for the Orioles in 2011 and spent most of last season with Triple-A Norfolk. He was on Baltimore’s 40-man roster at the time of the test.

    Adams was assigned outright on Sept. 14 to Norfolk, where he hit .224 with four homers, 18 doubles and 20 RBIs in 65 games this year. He was an All-Star two years ago in the Double-A Eastern League.

    Since infielder Neifi Perez was suspended twice and outfielder Mike Cameron once for banned stimulants in 2007, the only major league player other than Adams penalized for a stimulant violation was Milwaukee pitcher Mark Rogers in August 2011.

    And, now Adams has company. Via Philly.com -

    Carlos Ruiz, the Phillies’ all-star catcher and most productive hitter in 2012, was suspended for 25 games Tuesday by Major League Baseball for a violation of its performance-enhancing drug policy.

    According to two league sources, Ruiz tested positive for Adderall, an amphetamine commonly used to control attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Adderall is classified as a banned stimulant – not a steroid – under MLB’s policy. The suspension was triggered by Ruiz’s second positive test for the stimulant.

    The Phillies will be without Ruiz until April 28, when he can make his season debut in New York against the Mets. Ruiz will be allowed to fully participate during spring training and could spend April playing in extended spring games. He will forfeit roughly $750,000 in salary during the suspension.

    And, I suspect that Ruiz will have some company sooner rather than later. Anyone who thinks that players are not using this stuff, still, is ignoring the nature of these guys – always looking for an edge.

    Comments on Amphetamines & Baseball Today

    1. MJ Recanati
      November 28th, 2012 | 6:17 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Anyone who thinks that players are not using this stuff, still, is ignoring the nature of these guys – always looking for an edge.

      Absolutely no doubt in my mind that this is true. I assume most are doing something to get an edge and the ones that get caught are the ones that are too stupid or too lazy to cover their tracks.

    2. Raf
      November 28th, 2012 | 7:08 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      Steve L. wrote:
      Anyone who thinks that players are not using this stuff, still, is ignoring the nature of these guys – always looking for an edge.
      Absolutely no doubt in my mind that this is true.

      Yep. Probably should re-read “Ball Four” for perspective.

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