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Cardinals minor leaguer suspended for amphetamines

Jan 22, 2014, 4:13 PM EDT


From the police blotter:

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that St. Louis Cardinals Minor League right-handed pitcher Andrew Pierce has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for an Amphetamine, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Amphetamines are the old school way to enhance performance. Using them shows that you understand and appreciate the game’s rich history. Just more evidence that Cardinals players do things the right way. The Cardinal Way.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Jan 22, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Craig infuriates Cardinals fans with last two lines *he looks at camera A and says* “Did I doooo thattttt”

    • paperlions - Jan 22, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      I’m a Cardinal fan, and I thought they were excellent.

      • okwhitefalcon - Jan 22, 2014 at 5:13 PM

        This takes me back to the days of Keith Hernandez, Lonnie Smith and Jack Andujar doing blow well into the morning after a mid week night game in the early 80’s.

        Hell, I just chugged a Mountain Dew in the kids honor.

      • paperlions - Jan 22, 2014 at 5:18 PM

        When I was in little league, I played IF for years, then one year, when I was about 11, we needed a CF and I was nominated to give it a shot. I spent many practices with my coaches making Lonnie Smith jokes that I didn’t get until many years later. That probably tells you all you need to know about how smoothly that transition went.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 22, 2014 at 5:27 PM

      Bud Selig released the following statement:

      The drug dealer who sold Pierce the greenies is now under MLB protection.
      He will receive several thousand dollars in a brown bag and will testify on
      60 minutes someone in A-Rods camp threatened his girlfriend in Spanish.

  2. paperlions - Jan 22, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Goddammit Jhonny, it isn’t even spring training and the infection is spreading.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 22, 2014 at 5:29 PM

      Bud Selig would like to thank A-Rod for his contribution to his winning the
      1st Annual Bud Selig leadership award.

      • paperlions - Jan 22, 2014 at 5:31 PM

        Is it officially called the Bud Selig “Leadership” Award?

        An award for those that don’t lead by innovation, but that hang onto the trailing edge of change and innovation.

  3. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jan 22, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    This is the worst thing to happen to baseball since the last time a no named minor leaguer was suspended for an illegal substance. So what time is everyone showing up for the public stoning? Will they be providing the rocks, or should we bring our own?

    • paperlions - Jan 22, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      No name? NO NAME? I will have you know that he was named The Cardinal Nation Rookie Pitcher of the Year! No name, inDEED!

      Of course, as a 22 yr old college senior playing in low-A short season ball, you’d kind of expect him to do well even if he’s a non-prospect.

      • jtune7833 - Jan 22, 2014 at 6:53 PM

        I believe your looking 4 Zack Petrick as
        The Cardinal Nation Rookie of the Year!
        Good try though.

      • paperlions - Jan 22, 2014 at 7:15 PM

        I wasn’t making anything up.

      • jtune7833 - Jan 22, 2014 at 7:37 PM

        Tip the cap

      • paperlions - Jan 22, 2014 at 7:54 PM

        I didn’t actually know ahead of time…or really, agree with the choice, at all….I just saw it when I searched to see if I should care about him being suspended or not.

  4. onbucky96 - Jan 22, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    WHAT? A Cardinal and P.E.D.? I’m shocked, SHOCKED! Signed no one.

  5. nsstlfan - Jan 22, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    So no other team has players that have been suspended for drugs and P.E.Ds? I see at lot of the pot calling the kettle black here.

  6. nsstlfan - Jan 22, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Why isn’t my comments showing up when I am anti what the article is about

    • paperlions - Jan 22, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      Word Press now has a filter and it’ll kill the post if it finds a word it doesn’t care for…including most kinds of foul language.

      And stop being thin skinned, there is a post about every MLB or MiLB player that is suspended, and if you can’t smile at a bit of fun being poked at “The Cardinal Way”, then you are taking it too seriously.

      • blues1988 - Jan 22, 2014 at 5:45 PM

        pretty sure he’s just late to the “craig making fun of cardinal way” party.

  7. rbj1 - Jan 22, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    Tommy Lasorda: ” Andrew Pierce has ruined baseball.”

  8. alang3131982 - Jan 22, 2014 at 5:00 PM


  9. paperlions - Jan 22, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Not to excuse the young man, but with the current testing, you would probably (and rightly) pop positive for amphetamines by drinking any number of “energy drinks”. I am regularly amazed by how much of that stuff college kids consume…and they aren’t exactly regulated, and don’t exactly have a history of not containing amphetamines.

    • paperlions - Jan 22, 2014 at 5:25 PM

      To clarify, I meant that the “energy drinks” were not regulated and may contain amphetamines, not that “college kids” were not regulated and may contain amphetamines (although this is also true).

      • Francisco (FC) - Jan 22, 2014 at 5:31 PM

        No no. Leave it the way you said it the first time, it’s much more entertaining that way.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 22, 2014 at 8:49 PM

        I’m in no way an expert, but as a drink isn’t it covered under the FDA so you have to list all the ingredients? It’s how supplements get around it because they are specifically not covered by the FDA.

      • spudchukar - Jan 22, 2014 at 10:27 PM

        Sorry PL, but I seriously doubt if any “energy drinks” contain Amphetamines. Plenty of caffeine and other “go fast” ingredients but manufacturers aren’t that stupid.

      • paperlions - Jan 22, 2014 at 11:09 PM

        DMAA is a common ingredient in energy drinks and is on the list of banned stimulants

      • spudchukar - Jan 23, 2014 at 10:20 AM

        It is somewhat more complicated. Depends on which neurotransmitter is stimulated.

  10. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 22, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    “Amphetamines are the old school way to enhance performance.”

    This is where @oldhossradbourn would chime in that there were no greenies in his day – just Nerve Tonics and Elixirs

    • paperlions - Jan 22, 2014 at 6:28 PM

      And sheep balls.

  11. digbysellers - Jan 22, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Nice. Poopy “journalist” trolls another team once again.

  12. metalhead65 - Jan 22, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    love the mocking of the cardinals hate the connection of ped’s to steroids. the last time I check old school players did not did not get bigger and stronger and turn into WWE wrestlers and set home run records by taking amphetamines.

    • paperlions - Jan 22, 2014 at 6:33 PM

      Apparently, you have never checked then.

      In the 1800s and early 1900s players were hailed for taking extracts from farm animal testicles because they would do anything to play ball better.

      In the 1940s amphetamines were introduced and were gobbled by MLB players until banned in 2006.

      In the 1950s steroids were introduced, and usage was so rampant in all of sports, including baseball, that Sports Illustrated ran a multi-issue cover story on their steroid use in sports, including baseball.

      Your notion that baseball players didn’t take steroids or other PEDs prior to Canseco arriving is nothing but a fairy tale.

      • metalhead65 - Jan 22, 2014 at 6:56 PM

        apparently you can’t read to well. I said comparing steroids to amphetamines was wrong and I stand by that. show me where they made ballplayers bigger and stronger like roids do. all they did was keep awake and focused because in the good old days they did not have the luxurious travel and accommodations they have today.

      • paperlions - Jan 22, 2014 at 7:19 PM

        You are right, of course. Amphetamines are far more dangerous, killing many each year (usually heart attacks), whereas steroids kill approximately zero people. There is also far more evidence, both anecdotal and analytical, that amphetamine use enhances baseball production more than steroids. Whatever you do, do NOT go out of your way to read anything about this topic, just keep thinking those things that baseball writers that can’t be bothered to read about them either keep telling you.

      • metalhead65 - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:25 PM

        I don’t need a writer to me that they do not have the same effect as steroids.again please show me the players of that era who took amphetamines who look like the roid created creatures of the last 20 years. I don’t remember anyone showing up like bonds and sosa or guys who never hit 20 homers suddenly belt out 30 or more by taking them. not saying they are good for you but they do not have the same effect as roids do. you can be one of those who find nothing wrong with the players who took them and the records they set because of them but I am not one of them. they cheated to get it and nothing you say will change it.

      • Reflex - Jan 23, 2014 at 1:21 AM

        They cheated no more or less than players of previous generations did. Its not an excuse, btw, but it is an explanation.

        Also, *all* athletes today are monsters compared to athletes of decades past. A lot of things factor into that, including dramatically better nutrition, much higher caloric intake at younger ages, modern approaches to building muscle and conditioning, year round cycles for players now that salaries do not require them to get regular jobs in the offseason, the fact that the average american is taller and larger now compared to past decades (for better and worse).

        Steroids will help an athlete in some ways. But there is no evidence they help them any more than greenies did. And there is certainly no evidence that they are required to make them muscled hulks. And many of the drugs we do know that they have abused, such as HGH, will not in fact accomplish that result in the slightest despite the name.

        I would also argue that amphetamines could help an athlete build muscle likely just as effectively as a steroid. If a player has more energy, they are able to work out more. I know I would work out more if I wasn’t exhausted every day after work.

    • dylanthom2013 - Jan 22, 2014 at 7:03 PM

      If they didn’t help in any way at all, why would the players have spent money on them to take them then? Because people sure like to spend thousands of dollars on placebos that do di_k all, right.

      • paperlions - Jan 22, 2014 at 7:20 PM

        Are you familiar with diets?

        Approximate number of diet pills or programs that work: zero.

        Doesn’t keep people from trying the next thing to come along.

        People will do things that have no effect their entire lives and never consider not doing it.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 22, 2014 at 8:51 PM

        If they didn’t help in any way at all, why would the players have spent money on them to take them then?

        I have this magic rock that prevents me from getting hit by lightning. Because I have never been hit by lightning, the rock must work. Want to buy it from me for $1M?

  13. jtune7833 - Jan 22, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    The Cardinal Way only exemplifies acting like u have done it before.
    No celebration or trash talking is needed, just get it done on the field.
    Whenever a player does such he or she is only disrespecting the other team and the game.

    • bcbsjlee - Jan 23, 2014 at 10:40 AM

      Right… because no Cardinals have ever celebrated or trash talked.

  14. perryt200 - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    There will be plenty of time for Cardinal hate come October.

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