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Saturday, August 07, 2010

DDN: Suspended A’s prospect speaks out about 50-game drug ban

“Jack” of all tirades…

Former Springboro High School and Ohio State University baseball standout Zach Hurley was among six minor-leaguers suspended for 50 games Thursday, Aug. 5, after testing positive for Methylhexaneamine, a performance-enhancing substance.

“Basically, this is the most devastating blow I’ve received in my entire life besides losing my grandfather,” Hurley told the Dayton Daily News when reached in Vancouver, B.C., where he plays for the Vancouver Canadians, a rookie-league affiliate of the Oakland Athletics.

“I’m going to do whatever I have to do to get this mark off my name,” Hurley said. “I’ve lived my whole life doing everything the right way. Now I’m going to have this stigma. It’s heartbreaking. I can’t believe this is seriously taking place right now.”

Hurley, 23, admits taking a pre-workout, over-the-counter supplement known as “Jack,” but says no banned substances were on the label.

Methylhexaneamine is a substance originally intended to be used as a nasal decongestant.

Hurley, a 29th-round draft choice of the A’s in June, said he will file a formal appeal, adding, “I feel like I’m having a dream stripped away from me for no reason. It really is upsetting. I’m going to go to war over this.”

Repoz Posted: August 07, 2010 at 03:22 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Tripon Posted: August 07, 2010 at 03:50 AM (#3610386)
How the #### is a nasal decongestant a PED?
   2. sister cristian guzman Posted: August 07, 2010 at 03:52 AM (#3610387)
Methylhexaneamine is the new market inefficiency.
   3. Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: August 07, 2010 at 04:02 AM (#3610394)
How the #### is a nasal decongestant a PED?

A lot of nasal congestants have been considered PEDs for years because they have some stimulant effect in addition to their decongestant properties. For instance, over-the-counter decongestants typically contain pseudoephedrine, which was banned by the IOC for years and is now banned by WADA.

Speaking for myself, I often take pseudoephedrine decongestants when I have a cold and have never felt any performance-enhancing effects, but maybe you need higher doses or something.
   4. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: August 07, 2010 at 04:02 AM (#3610396)
You mean the line between a banned PED and an allowed substance is arbitrary and poorly defined? I'm shocked! There just wasn't any way to see this coming...
   5. Rich Rifkin Posted: August 07, 2010 at 04:25 AM (#3610400)
“I’m going to go to war over this.”

Obviously, this guy has roid rage decongestant delerium!
   6. Walt Davis Posted: August 07, 2010 at 05:30 AM (#3610416)
I often take pseudoephedrine decongestants when I have a cold and have never felt any performance-enhancing effects, but maybe you need higher doses or something.

It's a form of speed. Do the minors treat amps differently than the majors?

Also can be used to make meth. Due to the latter, it is now prescription-only here in NZ (already bad enough we had to go to a pharmacy, err, chemist to get decent cold meds already).

Nice to see there's still lots of crap in over-the-counter supplements.
   7. rfloh Posted: August 07, 2010 at 07:12 AM (#3610442)
It's a form of speed. Do the minors treat amps differently than the majors?


The funny thing is, the performance enhancing effects of pseudo-ephedrine are disputed. Ephedrine is probably better for performance enhancement, and even then not really; it usually is used,other than as a nasal decongestant, for fat loss (which it does very very well).

Also can be used to make meth. Due to the latter, it is now prescription-only here in NZ (already bad enough we had to go to a pharmacy, err, chemist to get decent cold meds already).


Yes. That is why ephedrine and pseudo ephedrine is controlled.
   8. Forsch 10 From Navarone (Dayn) Posted: August 07, 2010 at 07:19 AM (#3610443)
Congrats, Dr. Wadler. This is what you've wrought.
   9. Walt Davis Posted: August 07, 2010 at 09:08 AM (#3610448)
if memory serves, it was also implicated (correctly or not I don't know) in the death of Steve Bechler a few years back. Wasn't there also a football player who died around the same time, possibly with ephedrine links.
   10. Avoid Running At All Times- S. Paige Posted: August 07, 2010 at 11:00 AM (#3610455)
I think non-youklidian geometry still gets my vote for the hall of fame since he admitted the use. All we really want is honesty in this situation.
   11. Jim Wisinski Posted: August 07, 2010 at 12:26 PM (#3610466)
I think ephedra was blamed in a bunch of deaths and collapses back when it was popular and in all those supplements.

I think the prescription nasal spray I take for cat allergies might contain a steroid, though I don't know if it's one that can cause you to test positive for PEDs.
   12. Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: August 07, 2010 at 01:41 PM (#3610487)
I think non-youklidian geometry still gets my vote for the hall of fame since he admitted the use. All we really want is honesty in this situation.

No, no, no. That's what you say before I admit the use. After, you have to criticize me for not going far enough and for denying that it helped my performance.
   13. Walt Davis Posted: August 07, 2010 at 10:50 PM (#3610848)
No, no, no. That's what you say before I admit the use. After, you have to criticize me for not going far enough and for denying that it helped my performance.

Still a good shot at the HoM though.
   14. Mayor Blomberg Posted: August 07, 2010 at 11:00 PM (#3610849)
In New Zealand, methylhexanamine (under the name 1,3-dimethylamylamine or DMAA) is an emerging active ingredient of party pills [6], where it has replaced benzylpiperazine or BZP which has been illegal in that country since 2008. Serious adverse effects including headache, nausea, and stroke have been reported in recreational users of these products.[7] In November 2009, the New Zealand government indicated that methylhexanamine would be scheduled as a restricted substance. Listing a drug as a restricted substance in New Zealand means it would be illegal to:[8]

* Sell or supply methylhexanamine to anyone under 18
* Advertise methylhexanamine in the media
* Offer methylhexanamine as a gift or reward
* Sell or supply methylhexanamine from premises where alcohol is sold or from service stations
* Sell methylhexanamine from any premises where children or minors gather

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