Even amphetamines banned from baseball. Is coffee next?

The military gives amphetamines to pilots, people in a huge number of jobs rely on them, but no longer are they allowed in baseball. Why is this so bad? Selig's statement that he doesn't hope that it has any effect on the quality of the game seems like wishful thinking.

Last week, the baseball season passed the three-quarters pole in its grueling schedule of 162 games spread out over 183 days. With the late-summer heat and the accumulated fatigue taking their toll on players' bodies, it is the time of year when in past seasons the use of amphetamines, long considered an integral part of the major league experience, would typically be at its peak.

However, this being the first year of baseball's ban on amphetamines -- also known as "greenies," "beans" and several other nicknames -- players no longer have that option, a reality that some observers believe has had a subtle effect on the game.

"I definitely know there are some guys who get to a Sunday day game, after a Saturday night game, and say, 'Man, I wish I had a greenie.' I've heard guys say that," Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo said. "So there's probably been some small effect. But I don't think it's been as noticeable as people thought it would be."

Baseball's steroid-testing program is now in its fourth season and its third incarnation, having been strengthened twice under pressure from the federal government. However, until last November baseball had resisted banning amphetamines, synthetic stimulants that, some within the game argued, were not true performance-enhancers -- an assertion that is contradicted by leading authorities on the use of drugs in sports.. . . .

Commissioner of Baseball Bud Selig was asked during the all-star break last month about the belief that the quality of play would decline this summer because of the amphetamine ban. "I know there are some people who feel that way," he said. "I hope the quality of play does not change. You can do a lot of other things -- [such as] get a good night's rest." . . . .

A history of amphetamines is provided here. The interesting note is the use of amphetamines in mountain climbing (may be auto racing also) where I would think that there is a strong argument that amphetamines are possible life saving drugs. For that matter, this could be true for more than a few of the sports that they list.

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Blogger saturdaynightspecial said...

Now we know where Mr Hustle got his hustle.

The game is diluted; stop selling franchises; and if any team wants to sell theirs then Baseball should buy it and never sell it.

Today's players have to use drugs to try to redo what earlier players did - that's because the game is diluted.

Allow no more than 18 teams. No exceptions (except Cuba.)

8/26/2006 11:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...No exceptions (except Cuba.)..."

lol...You can't make quality stuff like this up :-)

8/29/2006 9:52 AM  
Blogger saturdaynightspecial said...

The first game is to be played here at White Sox park...Cuba vs Chicago White Sox.

Almost forgot: 95% of Cuba's team must be from Carribean area and at least 50% must be Cuban.

8/29/2006 5:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...Almost forgot: 95% of Cuba's team must be from Carribean area and at least 50% must be Cuban..."

lol...must be going for a record :-)

8/30/2006 9:49 AM  

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