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Marlins prospect Dan Jennings says an "over-the-counter stimulant" led to 50-game suspension

Jul 29, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

Marlins pitching prospect Dan Jennings has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance called Methylhexaneamine, but the 23-year-old reliever said “it was an over-the-counter stimulant.”

At the time I had no idea what I was taking had something that was banned in it, but the substance in it was just added to the list. Not an excuse, just a fact. I should have been smarter. Now I pay the price. All there is to do now is take responsibility and serve my suspension.

Assuming he’s telling the truth Jennings is certainly handling the news well, but his story is a common one for minor leaguers and I’m continually amazed how often players take a substance without first checking in with the team. Jennings is a legit prospect, ranking 13th on Baseball America’s annual ranking of the Marlins’ farm system after being a ninth-round pick in 2008.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Jul 29, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    This is getting re-god damn-diculous. If a suppliment is over-the-counter, it should NOT be banned. I don’t understand all this BS about banning stuff you can buy without needing a prescription. Someday, I guess they are going to ban Advil, nyQuil and stuff like that too. If ANYONE can get it, and if it has been tested and approved by the FDA, then how the hell is it a problem for someone to take it?

  2. walk - Jul 29, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    No kidding. If you can buy it at gnc or wal-mart no way it should be banned. Honestly if you dont need a prescription for it dont ban it. Im sorrry they didnt have it fifty years ago boo hoo.

  3. geoknows - Jul 29, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    Chris, there are many, many supplements available over the counter that have NOT been tested and approved by the FDA…including many of the items you can find at your local GNC.

  4. Jonny5 - Jul 29, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    With all the money involved with the MLB, I’m shocked they don’t have a good list vs. bad list of supplements yet. Shocked. With what we saw with JC Romero and now this, I ask why don’t teams and MLB better protect their players from this kind of thing? it’s getting ridiculous.

  5. Old Gator - Jul 29, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    This horror of stimulants has gotten ridiculous. Next thing you know, some guy will be suspended for becoming erect at a photo of Megan Fox.

  6. easports82 - Jul 29, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    With the money that MLB likes to make, why not start putting a label on MLB-approved supplements? Save the league and players from this type of embarrassment and make cash off of everyone else because they can say they’re ‘taking what the pro’s use’. Come on, Bud, you can do it!

  7. JimmyY - Jul 29, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    That’s it, blame MLB for the stupidity of its players. Granted, teams should inform these kids that the FDA does NOT have the authority for over-the-counter supplements and you take them at your own risk, period. That’s it. Right, don’t blame it on the player, blame it on the regulators, well, these kids need to take the responsibility upon themselves so too bad, it goes with the territory. If you don’t know what the heck you’re taking, DON’T TAKE IT. Stick to Red Bull, coffee, whatever. Dummies.

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