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Three Rays minor leaguers suspended for … meth?!

Aug 23, 2012, 5:50 PM EDT


Today’s minor league drug suspension announcement was a bit different than usual:

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that three Minor League players in the Tampa Bay Rays organization have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Second baseman Ryan Brett, pitcher Charles Cononie and pitcher Justin Woodall, all of whom are with Single-A Bowling Green of the Midwest League, each tested positive for methamphetamine and an amphetamine.

Meth? Meth! I know I tend to play down drug stuff in baseball, but I think this one is pretty alarming. Jeez.

  1. scouter2012 - Aug 23, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Meth probably won’t enhance their ability to hit the ball but I bet they run the bases like animals.

    • Jonny 5 - Aug 23, 2012 at 6:17 PM

      The only difference is the cleanliness of the locker rooms. Clean the *&^% out of it they do!

  2. theawesomersfranchise - Aug 23, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Bowling Green must have been Jesse’s next stop

  3. mreezybreezy - Aug 23, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    I AM THE ONE WHO KNOCKS (…in go ahead runs..)

  4. stex52 - Aug 23, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Meth is the curse of the small town heartland. Sorry to see that.

    • dondada10 - Aug 23, 2012 at 6:12 PM

      Really is insane.

    • natslady - Aug 23, 2012 at 6:39 PM

      Yes, it is. My sis lives in Fargo. Not as bad as it used to be, but still the “drug of choice” (after alcohol).

  5. number42is1 - Aug 23, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    3 of them, eh? do any of them own a chicken franchise?

  6. imthedudedude - Aug 23, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    It’s not all that alarming, man. Is it just alarming that it’s not steroids or something? People do that shit all the time, especially losers playing SingleA ball.

  7. redguy12588 - Aug 23, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    The Rays are in the empire business.

  8. ThisIsBaseball - Aug 23, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    I wonder why they didn’t simply call it a “drug of abuse.”

    When players are caught using “drugs of abuse,” do they have to go through counselling or rehab or anything? The Joint Drug Prevent and Treatment Program seems like a waste if they don’t also try to get these guys help. If they get help, does this extend to the MiLB players, too?

  9. mdpickles - Aug 23, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Must be hanging out with Skinny Pete and Badger.

  10. hittfamily - Aug 23, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Rays secret to their great recent drafts: Everyone else wants the sleeper pick. They want the guys who haven’t slept in weeks.

  11. chill1184 - Aug 23, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Well this was certainly a curveball

  12. mvpolamalu - Aug 23, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    WOW you can re arrange Justin Woodall to spell Walt Told Us It Isnt OJ.

    Its a conspiracy! Walter white is real and sold these guys orange juice laced with meth!

  13. raysfan1 - Aug 23, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    The 3 players could star in a new movie: Dumb, Dumber, and Dumbest.

    Meth always tests positive for both methamphetamine and amphetamine.

    Methamphetamine isn’t simply called a drug of abuse because there is also a legitimate medical use for it.

  14. weaselpuppy - Aug 23, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Which one rides the team bus with a porkpie hat on?

  15. Walk - Aug 23, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    I know they likely got a secondary test after the initial positive, but a lot of otc meds will test positive for meth. Word of caution ask your pharmacist, my acid reflux meds are a generic and will cause a false positive for meth.

    • raysfan1 - Aug 24, 2012 at 1:01 AM

      Drug teasing programs are all run in two parts. The first part is a screen. Lots of things can cause a false positive screen. It’s only real purpose is to narrow down how many confirmatory test have to be done. The confirmation test is gas chromatography and mass spectrometry, which is absolutely accurate, ie no false positive at all. The tests are not reported until the confirmation test is run.

  16. spudatx - Aug 23, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Heisenberg is rising. He’s in the empire business.

  17. tannethrill - Aug 24, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    Eastbound and Down wasn’t far off on their portrayal of the Mermen. Meth is bad everywhere.

  18. oldpaddy - Aug 24, 2012 at 5:28 AM

    • oldpaddy - Aug 24, 2012 at 5:33 AM

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