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Carlos Ruiz Suspended 25 Games After Testing Positive For Amphetamines (Adderall)

Kyle Scott - November 27, 2012

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It. Just. Gets. Worse.

Carlos Ruiz has been suspended for 25 games after testing positive for amphetamines. Adderall, specifically.

Matt Gelb of

Ruiz tested positive for Adderall, according to a league source, an amphetamine commonly used to control attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Adderall is classified as a banned stimulant — not a steroid — under MLB's policy. The suspension was triggered by Ruiz's second positive test for the stimulant.

Under MLB's program, Ruiz was subject to six unannounced follow-up tests over the 12 months after the initial violation, in addition to the standard random testing. A first positive test for a stimulant, unlike steroids, does not result in suspension. Instead, the increased testing is implemented. Ruiz would be suspended for 80 games should a third positive test emerge.


Some players diagnosed with ADHD (Shane Victorino…) are allowed to take Adderall. Chooch, obviously, has not been diagnosed with the disorder.

The Phillies put out a statement:

The Phillies fully support Major League Baseball’s Drug Program. We are disappointed by the news of this violation of the program. We will support Carlos in an appropriate manner and move forward to achieve our goal to play championship-caliber baseball in 2013. 


And god dammit, even Ruiz's statements are adorable:

"I am sincerely regretful for my mistake in taking a prohibited stimulant. I apologize to my teammates, the Phillies organization, and the Philadelphia fans. I will serve the imposed 25-game suspension to begin the season and I look forward to returning to the field and working toward bringing a championship back to Philadelphia in 2013."


Chooch had his best season ever this year– a .325 batting average, 16 home runs and 68 RBIs in only 114 games. There was a bit of (very loose) conjecture about what was causing Ruiz’s outburst this season… now, maybe, we have a reason. An amphetamine, according to Wikipedia, "produces increased wakefulness and focus in association with decreased fatigue and appetite"– something that could be quite beneficial to a baseball player who might not otherwise need it for medical reasons. Say it ain’t so, Chooch. 

Is nothing sacred anymore?

Freddy Galvis Suspended 50 Games, Tested Positive for Banned Substance

Kyle Scott - June 19, 2012

As if anything else could go wrong or this team could become more hatable right now, Freddy Galvis tested positive for a banned substance and will be suspended for 50 games.  

A statement from Galvis, which was either written by a PR person or translated to coherent English: 

“A trace amount of a banned substance – 80 parts in a trillion – was detected in my urine sample. I am extremely disappointed in what has transpired. I cannot understand how even this tiny particle of a banned substance got into my body.  I have not and never would knowingly use anything illegal to enhance my performance.  I have always tried to follow the team’s strength and conditioning methods, listen to the trainers, work out hard and eat right.  Unfortunately, the rules are the rules and I will be suspended.

“I’d like to apologize to my all my fans, especially here in Philadelphia and back home in Venezuela, to my teammates and to the Phillies organization. I am looking forward to putting this behind me, rehabilitating my back and returning to the Phillies as soon as possible to try to help them win another World Series.”


What Galvis really said, on Twitter:

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According to Google Translate, that comes out to: Sometimes life is not fair .. but so is she .. you go ahead and pass q page.


Phillies statement:

The Phillies continue to believe in and endorse Major League Baseball's drug policy.  We also support Freddy Galvis in his determination to put this matter behind him and we look forward to his return as a productive member of the Phillies as soon as possible.


Galvis' suspension will start immediately, meaning he either lost the appeal or didn't appeal it.

Whatever it was that Galvis allegedly took, it wasn’t helping that much. He was hitting .226 with three home runs and 24 RBIs in 190 at-bats. But he was outstanding in the field.

Without speculating too much, it's possible that what showed up on his test was something he was taking for his back. Though a lower-back fracture totally seems like the type of side-effect that would result from an undersized second baseman taking super-sizing PEDs. 

Welcome to the bottom, folks.

Charlie Manuel and Bob Davidson Suspended One Game

Kyle Scott - May 18, 2012

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Both Charlie Manuel and umpire Bob Davidson received a one-game suspension following their on-field altercation earlier this week. 

Earlier, MLB announced that Davidson's suspension was for his “repeated violations of the Commissioner’s standards for situation handling,” whose bar I would imagine is set somewhere between end the game in a tie and let Hamels pitch until there are puddles at shortstop.

While no specific incident was mentioned, clearly the final straw was Davidson antagonizing Manuel after the Phillies’ dugout took issue with Davidson getting in the way of Brian Schneider, following a dropped third strike on Tuesday. Davidson could be heard very clearly yelling: “You think I was trying to block his ass? What the hell are you yelling at?" That phrase, apparently, falls below Bud Selig’s low standards.

Manuel's suspension is a direct result of his reaction, screaming obscenities at Davidson.

As FOX’s Ken Rosenthal notes, MLB dignitaries were seated directly behind home plate when all this happened, so that likely influenced their decision.

Watch the showdown and Rosenthal's explanation after the jump.

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Cole Hamels Suspended Five Games

Kyle Scott - May 7, 2012

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Cole Hamels has been suspended five games for intentionally beaning douchebag Bryce Harper yesterday.

But it might not matter.

Hamels will not appeal, which means that his suspension will begin tonight. Since the Phillies are off on Thursday, Roy Halladay could pitch on full rest this Saturday, with Hamels going on Sunday.

Speaking to reporters about the incident, Ruben Amaro said that the Phillies in no way want to be "injurious": 

"That's part of the game. But as far as how the Phillies want to conduct themselves, we like to try to take the high road on things like this. By no means are we condoning trying to be injurious."


That word is as smug as it comes.

These Penguins Players Should Be Suspended (videos and .GIFs included)

Kyle Scott - April 15, 2012

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1) James Neal.

Here, I’ll do this first one in my Brendan Shanahan voice (italic parts):

– SHIELD – During the third period of today’s National Hockey League Game 3 of the Flyers-Penguins Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series, James Neal turned into a dangerous, elbowy battering ram.

On one play, in which Sean Couturier skated through a mess of players in the neutral zone, Neal turned into a missile, launching himself with an effectiveness that the North Koreans could only dream of. He both left his feet and targeted the head area of the 19-year-old Couturier, who is currently in the midst of making Evegni Malkin his female companion (Bettman asked me not to say “bitch,” but that word would work best).

We have included an animated .GIF, for your viewing pleasure:


Couturier was forced to leave the ice, with assistance, but later returned to finish off Malkin’s sex change.

Later, Neal, while chasing after Claude Giroux – who has 8 points in 3 games – extended his elbow into the back of the Flyers forward's head. Giroux was spun off his feet and appeared to be feeling the effects of the cheap shot for several moments. 

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Dan Carcillo Gets Two Game Suspension… 10 Days After Season Ends

Kyle Scott - May 17, 2011

Car Bomb with Neil Young's tour bus yesterday


Dan Carcillo has had a meteoric rise to the Dykstra Zone. Car Bomb has been suspended for two games, without pay, for his actions during an off-ice incident after the first period of Game 4 against Boston. From the press release:

"Between  the  first and second period, while off ice and outside the officials'  locker  room,  Mr.  Carcillo engaged in aggressive behavior and inappropriate  conduct  directed at the officials," said Murphy [NHL Sr. VP of Hockey Operations]. "While Mr. Carcillo acknowledged in the hearing that he regrets his actions outside of the officials' room, there can be no defense for his conduct.

"I  also  reviewed  the  verbal  confrontation  between  Carcillo and linesman  Brian  Murphy  at  the  players'  bench prior to the start of the second  period  and  have  determined that, while the verbal abuse may have been worthy of a penalty, there is no evidence that Carcillo's action merit supplemental discipline," concluded Murphy.


What in the world do you say to an official that gets you a two game suspension? If you saw HBO's 24/7, you know that just about anything goes when it comes to interactions between players and officials. F bombs? You bet. Yelling? No problem. Insults? Par for the course.

The best part about this is that Carcillo's hearing was held on Friday, presumably just hours before he Tweeted about heading to New York to party and, well, you know…

… there's a part of me that thinks this has something to do with the Tweet heard round the world.

Villanova’s Pinkston Suspended for Entire Season

Kyle Scott - December 6, 2010


Villanova announced today that McDonald's All-American JayVaughn Pinkston will be suspended for the entire school year.  He knocked out a jealous frat boy last month and was charged with two counts each of simple assualt and harassment.

He won't be allowed to attend class or play basketball.

In a statement release by the school, Pinkston said, “I am sorry. This situation is my responsibility and I have learned from it. I am going to work extremely hard so that I can return to the Villanova family in June.”

It's ok, Jay Pink, we've all wanted to pop a frat boy.  And I was in a frat.

Elton Brand Got Suspended One Game for This

Kyle Scott - November 24, 2010


This is the flagrant type 2 foul that got Elton Brand ejected from the fourth quarter of last night's game collapse.  Today, Sixers PR Director Mike Preston announced that the league suspended Brand for tonight's game against Toronto.

Like it's going to matter.

I put together a full recap of the collapse over at Philly Sports Daily:

That, folks, is called being creative.  In the final 5 minutes and 55 seconds, the Sixers committed a flagrant foul, missed four free throws, turned the ball over three times, fouled the Wizards’ best player on a desperation heave, and threw in a 4:47 scoring drought just for good measure.  Amazing.

Annnd I just quoted myself.

It seems to be a day of fines and suspensions.  Earlier today, Asante Samuel was fined $40,000 and Todd Herremans was fined $5,000 for his chop block.