View Full Version : 2 Reds minor league pitchers get 50 game drug suspensions

Reds Fanatic
04-12-2006, 01:00 AM

NEW YORK -- Four minor-league pitchers were suspended 50 games each by the commissioner's office Tuesday for violating baseball's minor-league drug program, the first penalties since the sport toughened its rules during the offseason.

Two of the pitchers were in the Cincinnati Reds' organization: Ramon Ramirez and Justin Mallet. Also suspended were Waner Mateo of the New York Mets and Ryan Rafferty of the Kansas City Royals.

None has ever pitched in the majors.

Mallet was penalized for testing positive for a drug of abuse. The others tested positive for performance-enhancing substances.

The penalty this year for an initial positive test was increased from 15 games to 50 for players with minor-league contracts. For major-leaguers, the punishment was lengthened from 10 days to 50 games.

There were 81 suspensions last season for violations of the minor-league drug program.

04-12-2006, 01:05 AM

Good for them it serves them right!!! Maybe now they will play the game the RIGHT way. It makes you wonder thow if they got the roids or what ever it was them selfs or did they have some help.:confused:

04-12-2006, 01:15 AM
That article reads like Ramirez was using some type of steroid while Mallet was doing something a little more recreational.

Maybe he can talk to Rickey Williams about drug related suspensions.

04-12-2006, 02:26 AM
why do the new drug policies apply to recreational drugs? who cares about that? seems to me MLB wants to look like they're doing more than they're doing - so they suspend a bunch of people 50 days for doing pot, then point to how many people they've suspended under the new drug policy. meanwhile, the fact that every owner knew their players were cheating for 5 years or so is ignored.

04-12-2006, 03:58 AM
Drugs are drugs, MLB had a chance to push recreational ones as well so they did.

04-12-2006, 09:23 AM
You mean we have guys cheating in the minors and we STILL don't have any top prospects?!?! :D

Chip R
04-12-2006, 09:59 AM
Drugs are drugs, MLB had a chance to push recreational ones as well so they did.

Your Freudian slip is showing. ;)

04-12-2006, 03:30 PM

Col_ IN Reds fan
04-12-2006, 06:30 PM
I wish they could suspend the whole bull pen for 50 games.