Chris Davis, Who Got All Mad Last Year When People Thought He Was On PEDs, Gets Suspended For Amphetamine Use
Eric Goldschein 11:48 am, September 12th, 2014
Orioles slugger Chris Davis has been suspended 25 games by the MLB for testing positive for amphetamines. With 17 games left in the regular season, AL East-leading Baltimore could be without Davis until deep into the postseason, or the beginning of next year.
Davis' numbers are way down this year (.196/.300/.404 with 26 homers and 72 RBI) after having a career season in 2013, when he led the league with 53 homers and 138 RBI (plus a .286 batting average). His monster power numbers drew questions about whether Davis, like many big hitters before him, was using performance enhancing drugs like steroids. Davis responded emphatically to those questions -- here's what he said about it last year (via the Baltimore Sun):
“I have never taken them. I have no reason to. I’ve always been a power hitter. With me, I think the biggest thing was the consistency of the contact,” said Davis, who also hit 33 homers last year in first true full season in the majors. “When I was making contact, I was always hitting for power. I’m a guy that likes to work out a lot. I’m a guy that used to eat whatever I wanted to, but I started getting into my mid-20s, I’ve been seeing that change. So I’ve been taking better care of my body. I have a pretty strict diet. But I’ve never taken [performance-enhancing drugs]. I haven’t felt the need to...
“People are going to believe what they want to believe. Whether they like me, whether they hate me. Whether they want to see me do well or they want me to fall flat on my face. I mean, I’ve taken tests. I’ve passed all my tests,” said Davis, who had a blood test this spring like all of the Orioles players and has had three to four urine tests since – all have come back negative, he said. “I have never taken PEDs or steroids or whatever you want to call it. That’s the way it is. And I think it is unfair to accuse a guy that there’s nothing that leads to me doing it but speculation. But, at the same time, you are entitled to your own opinion.”
Amphetamines are not steroids, but they are a banned substance, and a 25-game ban means that Davis has failed a test at least once before:
Players who test positive for amphetamines for the first time will be subject to mandatory evaluation and follow-up testing. Subsequent positive tests for amphetamines will carry suspensions of 25 games, 80 games and up to a lifetime ban.
Let's see what excuse Davis comes up with for having failed a test he so vehemently declared he would not fail -- and if his excuse bears out, we'll apologize. Until then, chalk this one up to yet another baseball player being full of shit.
UPDATE: Here's a statement from Davis:
“I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Orioles organization and especially the fans. I made a mistake by taking Adderall. I had permission to use it in the past, but do not have a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) this year. I accept my punishment and will begin serving my suspension immediately.”
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