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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Calcaterra: Rays minor leaguer Josh Sale is suspended. Again.

I really thought I was going to be able to pull the trigger on the ambiguous headline here, but I just couldn’t…

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Tampa Bay Rays Minor League outfielder Joshua Sale has received a 50-game suspension without pay after a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.  The suspension of Sale, who is currently on the roster of the Single-A Charlotte Stone Crabs of the Florida State League.

You may remember Josh Sale from such films as “I verbally berated and humiliated a stripper and thought that was something to brag about” and “I received a 50-game suspension in 2012 for testing positive for meth.” I remember him from an evaluator familiar with Sale once telling me that he was perhaps the single most immature prospect he has ever seen.

Seems like things are going just great for the guy who was the 17th overall pick in the 2010 draft. He’s doing great things to help make all that he can out of his career. All on top of a 2014 line of .238/.313/.344 as a 22-year-old at high-A ball.

The District Attorney Posted: August 12, 2014 at 04:26 PM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: josh sale, minor leagues, rays, suspensions

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   1. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: August 12, 2014 at 04:52 PM (#4769700)
Should have just raped the stripper, that gets you right onto the Rays MLB roster.
   2. Yoenis Cespedes, Baseball Savant Posted: August 12, 2014 at 06:28 PM (#4769776)
Put a Milo on him.

Sale's "tweak my way onto the 40-man" plan is not working.
   3. RMc is a fine piece of cheese Posted: August 12, 2014 at 08:08 PM (#4769825)
“I received a 50-game suspension in 2012 for testing positive for meth.”

I didn't even realize baseball tested for meth.
   4. The District Attorney Posted: August 12, 2014 at 08:23 PM (#4769832)
Several Rays farmhands were caught for meth. It was a very weird thing. I'd imagine if it were the Yanks or Red Sox, it'd be a huge scandal and we'd all know what the heck happened. But since it was the Rays, it wasn't covered well and I don't know the details.
   5. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: August 12, 2014 at 08:33 PM (#4769840)
I am curious about the connection between meth and the Rays. Their High A club is in Bakersfield - a place full of meth-heads.
   6. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: August 12, 2014 at 09:03 PM (#4769854)

I didn't even realize baseball tested for meth.

Well, it's an amphetamine.
   7. Barnaby Jones Posted: August 13, 2014 at 01:47 AM (#4769949)
Their High A club is in Bakersfield - a place full of meth-heads.


I remember that the Rangers were desperate to get out of that town because it was such a negative influence.
   8. Skloot Insurance Posted: August 13, 2014 at 08:26 AM (#4769976)
I am curious about the connection between meth and the Rays. Their High A club is in Bakersfield - a place full of meth-heads.


The Rays' High-A affiliate is in Port Charlotte, Fla., while the Reds have the Bakersfield affiliate in the California League these days. You might be confusing the sordid tale of Josh Lueke with the Rays' affiliate history, but Lueke was a Rangers farmhand at the time of his violation and incarceration, and the Rangers played in Bakersfield for years. Texas then traded Lueke to the Mariners (in the Cliff Lee deal), who traded him to the Rays for John Jaso after the 2011 season.
   9. bigglou115 Posted: August 13, 2014 at 10:25 AM (#4770062)
Man, I see a lot of meth heads when my practice takes me to the outskirts. You'd think professional athletes would try one of the less... self destructive... drugs. Seems like it's be hard to keep up muscle tone while putting drain cleaner into your body.
   10. jwb Posted: August 13, 2014 at 11:14 AM (#4770103)
There were two Rays minor leaguers busted for meth in 2012. The other was 2b Ryan Brett. Brett and Sale were playing for the Bowling Green Hot Rods in the Midwest League. Brett, 22, is hitting well at AA Montgomery. He dominated the FSL in 2013 after his suspension, so we may be hearing more about him in the future.
   11. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: August 13, 2014 at 11:18 AM (#4770106)
Their High A club is in Bakersfield - a place full of meth-heads.
It was just an A club before all the meth-heads showed up and got it high.
   12. theboyqueen Posted: August 13, 2014 at 12:34 PM (#4770167)
Man, I see a lot of meth heads when my practice takes me to the outskirts. You'd think professional athletes would try one of the less... self destructive... drugs. Seems like it's be hard to keep up muscle tone while putting drain cleaner into your body.


Developing a meth habit seems like a great way to destroy a career. Even crack would be a better choice.
   13. Lassus Posted: August 13, 2014 at 12:43 PM (#4770177)
Well done, Dan.

Bakersfield is definitely in the running for worst place in America.
   14. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: August 13, 2014 at 01:14 PM (#4770197)
IIRC, isn't there a more conventional amphetamine that also shows up in tests as meth?
   15. jwb Posted: August 13, 2014 at 03:40 PM (#4770362)
My mistake. There were four Rays minor leaguers suspended for meth in 2012. Besides Sale and Brett, there were also pitchers Charlie Cononie and Justin woodall. Both also played for the Bowling Green Hot Rods and both of them are out of baseball.
   16. Zach Posted: August 13, 2014 at 06:52 PM (#4770529)
I didn't even realize baseball tested for meth.

They test for being a Rays farmhand. Same thing.

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