When I first learned that three members of the Rays single-A affiliate Bowling Green Hot Rods had been suspended for 50 games, my first question was “who?” The most prominent name was second baseman Ryan Brett, who is hitting .285 with a .348 OBP, 6 home runs and 48 stolen bases, which ranks third in the Midwest League. The other two players, Charlie Cononie and Justin Woodall are just middling relievers.
Then I wanted to know “what?” Was it HGH? Was it testosterone? Was it weed?
Nope it was methamphetamine…Oh…Wait…What? Meth?!?
From Major League Baseball…
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that three Minor League players in the Tampa Bay Rays organization have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Second baseman Ryan Brett, pitcher Charles Cononie and pitcher Justin Woodall, all of whom are with Single-A Bowling Green of the Midwest League, each tested positive for methamphetamine and an amphetamine.
All three players have received 50-game suspensions without pay, effective immediately.
And may god have mercy on your souls…