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Joey Gathright gets 50-game ban for amphetamines

Oct 2, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

Joey Gathright AP

It’s bad enough that MLB’s home run records have been tainted by performance-enhancing drugs. Now we have no choice but to wonder exactly what Joey Gathright was on when he was jumping over cars way back when.

MLB announced today that Gathright was suspended for 50 games for amphetamine usage. Yeah, the guy who stole as many as 69 bases in a minor league season was busted for speed.

The 31-year-old Gathright was last seen playing for the independent Bridgeport Bluefish. He also played in 40 games for the Reds’ Triple-A Louisville affiliate earlier this year, hitting .299/.346/.347 in 147 at-bats. His suspension will take effect if he ever signs with an affiliated club in the future.

Gathright was viewed as a very good prospect back in the day. He had no power at all, but he hit .334 and .331 in his first full minor league seasons and then came in at .305/.388/.407 in his first stint in Triple-A as a 24-year-old in 2005. It never translated to the majors, though. In 1,175 major league at-bats, he hit .263/.328/.303 with one homer and 81 steals.

  1. mrsandusky - Oct 2, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Funny to get suspended from a league you don’t even play in anymore.

  2. dcfan4life - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    this suspension all but ensures his careers over. and i forgot who this guy is while writing this comment…

  3. tfbuckfutter - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    Wait, is that the team Clemens played for, or the team he pitched against?

    Either way one thing is obvious….he got the drugs from Clemens.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:20 PM

      Yep, the one he pitched against.

  4. genericcommenter - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    I believe he has played with and “for” Canseco, as well.

    • badintent - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:30 AM

      And with/for Marion Jones, Lance Armstrong, Sammy Sosa,several Bulgarian weightlifters, 75 % of the NFL and NHL and the entire WWF, plus Tom Cruise and most of the Hollywood movie actors.Add all the milk cows and beef steers in the U.S.and throw in most of the race horses. Plus Jersey Shore cast.

      • genericcommenter - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:24 PM

        Well, that too. But Canseco and Gathright were pro baseball teammates and Canseco managed him on a (semi?) pro team.

  5. aceshigh11 - Oct 3, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    Speed kills.

    Unless you’re Lemmy Kilmister.

    “…but that’s the way I like it, baby. I DON’T WANNA LIVE FOREVER.”

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