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Phillies catcher Ruiz suspended for positive amphetamine test

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 27, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

One of my absolute favorite guys I ever covered in the minor leagues. I wasn’t happy to see this one, but here’s the announcement from Major League Baseball.

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz has received a 25-game suspension without pay after testing positive for an Amphetamine in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The suspension of Ruiz is effective at the start of the 2013 regular season. He will be eligible to participate in Spring Training, including in Spring Training games.

 
 

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27 Responses to “Phillies catcher Ruiz suspended for positive amphetamine test”

  1. The Return of Stoneburner November 27th, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    He doesn’t really play GG defense

    ******

    Scout or lohud gm? Lohud gm or scout? I am going with the scout – – – -

    “[Martin has a] Huge impact on the pitching staff,” said the scout, who requested anonymity because he’s not authorized to speak about another organization’s player. “He makes all the starters use all their stuff. He has those guys believing they can throw any pitch in any count. He’s got a great setup behind the plate, so the umpires get a good view. He blocks balls in the dirt and encourages, no, demands guys throw their off-speed stuff down so hitters chase…”

    …The scout also praised Martin for his ability to help Yankee pitchers make in-game adjustments: “I see a guy who’s way more than a catcher who’s reading the scouting report and putting down fingers.

  2. ac1 November 27th, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    It baffoles me someone as smart as A-Rod can’t figure out how to adjust to his existing skills. Jeter fixed himself last year, A-Rid should be able to also. It’s about recognizing pitches, shortening the swing and making contact. Forget the 40HRs. I think it would be great if A-Rod could hit 20HR/80-100RBI and hit .280+.

  3. ac1 November 27th, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    The scout also praised Martin for his ability to help Yankee pitchers make in-game adjustments: “I see a guy who’s way more than a catcher who’s reading the scouting report and putting down fingers.
    ____

    True or not, you CANNOT assign 10 Mil over the next 4 years, particularly 2014 and 2015 to Martin with Sanchez, Romine, Murphy, etc in the pipeline….

  4. 4time November 27th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Am I the only one sick of bringing the same team back every year? Kuroda, Andy, MO, Martin, great. ARod isn’t going anywhere. Cano/Tex/Jeter will be back. Ichiro will probably be back and did nothing in the playoffs. Ibanez is 40. Swisher will be replaced by some average player.

    It’s the same damn team every year

  5. blake November 27th, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    blake says:
    November 27, 2012 at 4:38 pm
    Martin is a pretty good defender IMO….not gold glove caliber but feel free to go off on one of your crazy tangents

  6. ac1 November 27th, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    4time November 27th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Am I the only one sick of bringing the same team back every year? Kuroda, Andy, MO, Martin, great. ARod isn’t going anywhere. Cano/Tex/Jeter will be back. Ichiro will probably be back and did nothing in the playoffs. Ibanez is 40. Swisher will be replaced by some average player.

    It’s the same damn team every year

    _______

    suggestions on what can reasonably be changed?

  7. blake November 27th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Ruiz had a career year on Ampetamines…..Mantle, mays, Aaron all have admitted to taking them…..the horror….records tainted

  8. Shame Spencer November 27th, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    @Ken_Rosenthal

    Not good: #Phillies’ Carlos Ruiz suspended for first 25 games of next season after testing positive for amphetamines.

  9. Shame Spencer November 27th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    The Return of Stoneburner November 27th, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    He doesn’t really play GG defense

    ******

    Scout or lohud gm? Lohud gm or scout? I am going with the scout – – – -

    “[Martin has a] Huge impact on the pitching staff,” said the scout, who requested anonymity because he’s not authorized to speak about another organization’s player. “He makes all the starters use all their stuff. He has those guys believing they can throw any pitch in any count. He’s got a great setup behind the plate, so the umpires get a good view. He blocks balls in the dirt and encourages, no, demands guys throw their off-speed stuff down so hitters chase…”

    …The scout also praised Martin for his ability to help Yankee pitchers make in-game adjustments: “I see a guy who’s way more than a catcher who’s reading the scouting report and putting down fingers.

    ——————————-

    The scout = Martin’s mother

  10. RadioKev November 27th, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    MLB ?@MLB
    “We are disappointed by the news of this violation of the program.” – @Phillies statement on Carlos Ruiz suspension

    Huh?

  11. blake November 27th, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    @JSalisburyCSN: Suspension means Ruiz tested positive for amphetamines once before. Second positive carries suspension, first does not and is kept private

  12. blake November 27th, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I would take me over any anonymous scout

  13. RadioKev November 27th, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Oh, I missed that. I thought that was Ruiz’s statement. Now I get it.

    It’s still a clunky statement.

  14. Shame Spencer November 27th, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    @Ken_Rosenthal

    Ruiz suspended 25 games instead of 50 because discipline is not same for stimulants as it is for steroids. This was his second positive test

  15. Shame Spencer November 27th, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    I don’t understand the point of being an anonymous scout. Being an anonymous source is one thing.. an anonymous scout is probably up to no good: http://imgace.com/wp-content/u.....scouts.jpg

  16. blake November 27th, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    So should HOFers who took amphetamines (most of them) get half the scrutiny that steroid users do?

  17. blake November 27th, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    @JimBowdenESPNxm: Los Angeles Dodgers are considered the front runner for Zack Greinke according to source with knowledge of the negotiations…. but NOT over

    Of course

  18. ac1 November 27th, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Heyman: Yankees believed to have interest in Shane Victorino
    ____

    i like the switch hitters, but not long term and not for the money he wants….

  19. Shame Spencer November 27th, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    I can’t see how Adderall can help a baseball player out that much but I’d like to hear opinions.

    I couldn’t even understand how it helped college students.. it would help them stay up so they could procrastinate on facebook all night..

  20. Shame Spencer November 27th, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    @Ken_Rosenthal

    I am quite tired of quoting statements from teams saying they “support” the drug program and are “disappointed” in players who violate it.

    @Ken_Rosenthal

    I am also quite tired of quoting players who apologize in their own canned statements. Not picking on Ruiz. The whole thing is just old.

    @Ken_Rosenthal

    Folks, I know both sides really can’t say anything else. It’s just ridiculous already.

    Kenny goin cray cray!

  21. J. Alfred Prufrock November 27th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    blake November 27th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Ruiz had a career year on Ampetamines…..Mantle, mays, Aaron all have admitted to taking them…..the horror….records tainted
    ///

    That Ruiz is a BUC without the drugs…. /cashman’d

  22. J. Alfred Prufrock November 27th, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    comet November 26th, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    jmills that an odd comment. I think your Jays will beat my Yankees in 2013 unless Mr. Cashman has something up his sleeve.
    ///

    Hi comet :) . I’m guessing he has a lot of hair up his sleeve, or at least the players he’ll be acquiring have a lot of hair up theirs. Hairy monsters, and all that.

  23. pat November 27th, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    MLB gave 105 players therapeutic use exemptions for the same type of amphetamine that Ruiz was suspended for using. Ruiz just needed a better doctors note.

  24. blake November 27th, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    “That Ruiz is a BUC without the drugs…. /cashman’d”

    Lol!

  25. yankeefeminista November 27th, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    “The scout = Martin’s mother”
    ____
    Or Cashman trying to qualify that 4/40. I wouldn’t be surprised. However, we know that scout isn’t CC…

    Alex did give us a .848 OPS vs. RHP in 2011. I am going to be optimistic that he hits righties better in 2013.

    J-Ram actually pitched 11/20 and 11/25. Good to see: http://mlb.mlb.com/milb/stats/.....pid=542432

  26. yankeefeminista November 27th, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    If Cash was into his “Mike Fast phase” of framing a couple of years ago, he could have kept framer numero uno, Jose Molina, on the cheap, and paired him with a hairy beast for some pop. Molina’s .680 OPS vs. RHP is 37 points better than Russie’s at only 1.5 mil for Josie.

  27. trisha - true pinstriped blue November 28th, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    :shock:


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