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Daryle Ward, still alive apparently, suspended 50 games for amphetamines

Jan 25, 2012, 5:32 PM EST

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Did you know that Daryle Ward was still kicking around baseball?  Me neither! But he is. And now he’s been suspended for 50 games after a positive amphetamines test. From the press release:

Free agent Minor League first baseman Daryle Ward has received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for an amphetamine.  The suspension of Ward is effective immediately upon his signing with a Major League organization.

Given that he turns 37 this year, his last stint in the majors was in 2008 and his time last season was split between independent ball and double-A, that last sentence implies really, really strongly that the suspension will never be served.

Also suspended: free agent pitcher Dustin Richardson, who last played in the bigs for the Red Sox in 2010. Since then he’s been in the Marlins and, most recently, the Braves’ systems, where he has not exactly distinguished himself. His suspension reads like the Physician’s Desk Reference:

Free agent Minor League left-handed pitcher Dustin Richardson has received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for an amphetamine, Letrozole and metabolite, Methandienone metabolite, Methenelone and metabolite, and Trenbolone and metabolite.

Impressive!

No word on whether or not either Ward or Richardson will be invited to Brewers’ Fan Fest.

  1. rollinghighwayblues - Jan 25, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    No way Ward is only 37. I remember leaning over the rail in the Astrodome for his autograph in the late 90s and he seemed 30 years old even back then.

    • Jeff J. Snider - Jan 25, 2012 at 5:53 PM

      I remember watching Daryle Ward play in the Little League Tournament of Champions when he was 15 and I was 12, so 37 sounds about right (because I’m 34, and I’m good at the mathematics). I remember how awed we were that GARY FREAKING WARD was sitting in the stands out OUR LITTLE LEAGUE FIELD!!!

    • bigleagues - Jan 26, 2012 at 2:14 PM

      Sounds like Richardson was gunning for an historic season.

      Too bad his cocktail adviser didn’t advise him on how avoid positive test results.

  2. deathmonkey41 - Jan 25, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    “amphetamine, Letrozole and metabolite, Methandienone metabolite, Methenelone and metabolite, and Trenbolone and metabolite”

    AKA- a Dominican Milkshake!

  3. jwbiii - Jan 25, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Dustin Richardson has quite the medicine cabinet.

    Letrozole is preferred by athletes and bodybuilders for use during a steroid cycle to reduce bloating due to excess water retention and prevent the formation of gynecomastia related breast tissue.
    Methandrostenolone is Dianabol.
    Metenolone (methenolone, Nibal, Primbolan) is a long-acting anabolic steroid with weak androgenic properties.
    Trenbolone is a steroid used by veterinarians on livestock to increase muscle growth and appetite.

    I’m sure he only meant to give the last one to his horse.

    • lovesmesomeme - Jan 25, 2012 at 9:07 PM

      Thanks for clearing that up.

  4. harrychiti - Jan 25, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    Why not just sentence them to watching the White Sox for 50 games?

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 26, 2012 at 12:29 PM

      Zing!

  5. thefalcon123 - Jan 25, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    My extremely stupid thought process while reading the headline:

    Holy shit! Daryle Ward still plays minor league baseball! Guys gotta be like 50 by now!!! Holy Crap!! (goes to baseballreference….). Hey…wha….umm… Oh wait, I was thinking of Dion James. That makes a lot more sense.

  6. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 26, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    I knew Ward was still around – I didn’t expect this, though. What a shame.

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