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    Ron Washington Tested Positive For Cocaine in 2009

    According to ESPN breaking news. He admitted to a mistake and said he was sorry and embarrassed.

    You have to wonder and hope that a certain former Reds outfielder doesn't have any connection to this story....
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    Re: Ron Washington Tested Positive For Cocaine in 2009

    That is absolutly less than ideal news for fans of Josh Hamilton. I am 100% certain that Hamilton does not need to be around a manager who uses.

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    Re: Ron Washington Tested Positive For Cocaine in 2009

    From the Dallas Morning News.

    Though he was tested for drugs shortly after his use, it is not known if he failed. But, according to a source, because Washington came to MLB and confessed, he was exempt from suspension.
    He told the Rangers' front office -- including team president Nolan Ryan and general manager Jon Daniels -- and turned himself in to the commissioner's office within days of the test.
    http://rangersblog.dallasnews.com/ar...n-used-co.html
    http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcont...1b883a276.html

    Complete BS...he only confessed because he knew it was likely he was going to fail. If he confessed w/o being tested, that would be a different story.

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    Re: Ron Washington Tested Positive For Cocaine in 2009

    Im surprised that Ron Washington is still employed.

    As for Hamilton I was thought the was drug tested randomly throughout the season. But I agree that this isn't an ideal situation for Josh.

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    Re: Ron Washington Tested Positive For Cocaine in 2009

    As much as I'd like to think I have compassion for those who have trangressed, I'd have to give him the boot. I really don't think you can have someone like that around influencing young players who has done that sort of thing. Perhaps he can hook on with StL if he does get fired. They don't seem to have too high of standards.
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    Re: Ron Washington Tested Positive For Cocaine in 2009

    I'd fire him.
    "Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."

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    Re: Ron Washington Tested Positive For Cocaine in 2009

    Cocaine is a big jump ahead of marijuana both in terms of illegality and risk for the user. It's one of the big ones that usually distinguishes a casual drug user from an addict. Even if Washington only used it once in his whole life, that time before he was tested, he had to know better, he had to know that his was a huge mistake that would put his ability to manage young players in jeopardy.

    He should be fired for poor judgment alone.
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    Re: Ron Washington Tested Positive For Cocaine in 2009

    So if you confess you don't get suspended?

    I would have fired him after he confessed and I'd fire him now.
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    Re: Ron Washington Tested Positive For Cocaine in 2009

    How do you justify keeping a manager who uses/used cocaine while the boss of your team?
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    Re: Ron Washington Tested Positive For Cocaine in 2009

    Pitchforks and Torches!!!

    The Just say No Generation is driving the car now.

    Mistakes and human transgressions always can cause one a job, it's a lot easier making the call when you're not involved in the real decision.

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    Re: Ron Washington Tested Positive For Cocaine in 2009

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou View Post
    Pitchforks and Torches!!!

    The Just say No Generation is driving the car now.

    Mistakes and human transgressions always can cause one a job, it's a lot easier making the call when you're not involved in the real decision.
    I fired a guy for less. He was fired because his continued presence disrupted my crew. As far as I know he wasn't doing drugs. Of course later we found out he was a pedophile.

    Still... If Washington's cocaine use is disruptive to him doing his job, he should be let go.
    Suck it up cupcake.

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    Re: Ron Washington Tested Positive For Cocaine in 2009

    Without the facts, it's beyond us to judge. But it's definitely unfortunate giving Hamilton's history.
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    Re: Ron Washington Tested Positive For Cocaine in 2009

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou View Post
    Pitchforks and Torches!!!

    The Just say No Generation is driving the car now.

    Mistakes and human transgressions always can cause one a job, it's a lot easier making the call when you're not involved in the real decision.
    Is using coke really a "mistake"? IMO it was a very poor decision on his part, and much less of a mistake.

    There is a difference.

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    Re: Ron Washington Tested Positive For Cocaine in 2009

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou View Post
    Pitchforks and Torches!!!

    The Just say No Generation is driving the car now.

    Mistakes and human transgressions always can cause one a job, it's a lot easier making the call when you're not involved in the real decision.
    I can't speak for anyone else, but I am about as liberal as they come when it comes to criticizing for drug use. For me this is about poor judgment and not taking seriously your responsibilities as a leader of young men.
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    Re: Ron Washington Tested Positive For Cocaine in 2009

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou View Post
    Pitchforks and Torches!!!

    The Just say No Generation is driving the car now.

    Mistakes and human transgressions always can cause one a job, it's a lot easier making the call when you're not involved in the real decision.
    They employ Josh Hamilton. Seems to me, there are other considerations than "just say no". It absolutely makes no sense for them to potentially endanger an asset like Hamilton. And a manager who is actively using cocaine sure seems like it adds an elements of uncertainty where there needs to be none with regard to Hamilton.


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