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Sunday, April 02, 2006

PB Post: Frias: Greenies rampant in major leagues

WOW!...Don’t tell me mega-supplier John O’Donoghue still has leftovers!

A National League player, who asked that his name not be used, talked to staff writer Carlos Frîas about his experiences with “greenies’‘. Over a 10-year professional career, including the last six in the big leagues, he used amphetamines. Not every day, but about “30 to 40’’ times.

...Greenies, they’re diet pills, as far as I know. It’s rampant. A guy I played with in Detroit, he would take two just to go take simulated pitching. I mean, simulated pitching. He would bean up just to take some swings off a guy throwing on the side.

I’ve heard guys order them off the Internet or get them from Latin players. They sell them over-the-counter (in Latin America), so everybody knows somebody there. Guys get them during winter ball. In Double-A, guys would get them in spring training and stock up. If you ran out, everybody knew a major-leaguer who you could call to get some more.

Repoz Posted: April 02, 2006 at 04:21 PM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark

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   1. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: April 02, 2006 at 10:17 PM (#1930948)
The reporter in question didn't do a great job protecting his source. He gave us:
*Played in Detroit and Tampa.
*10+ year pro career, in the majors since 2000.
*Married, with a kid.

Rob Fick is the best match I can find at a glance, though he's been in the bigs the last seven years (not six), and I don't know about his family.
   2. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: April 02, 2006 at 10:29 PM (#1930966)
Oh yeah, also forgot:
*Played in both A and AA while on the way up.

Fick is actually a better fit than I thought. He's been in the bigs eight years, but the first two of those were just cups of coffee, so in one sense he actually fits the criterion.

If it is Fick, good for him for speaking up.
   3. DCW3 Posted: April 02, 2006 at 10:37 PM (#1930973)
Jason Smith seems to match up pretty well.
   4. DCW3 Posted: April 02, 2006 at 10:40 PM (#1930977)
(He's only been in the majors since 2001, but maybe the writer was counting this year as the sixth, even though Smith isn't on a major league roster. I can't find anyone who matches up perfectly.)
   5. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: April 02, 2006 at 10:54 PM (#1930997)
Alex Sanchez has been in the majors since 2001, was drafted in 1996, played for both of those teams, and is now on a National League team (as of one week ago, when the Reds gave him a minor-league deal).

And I got the feeling from the interview that the player was a Latin player.
   6. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: April 02, 2006 at 10:58 PM (#1931008)
According to this article, Sanchez has a wife and 2 kids.
   7. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: April 02, 2006 at 11:01 PM (#1931016)
And he played at least one season each at A-, A+, and AA, according to the baseball cube.
   8. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: April 03, 2006 at 01:43 AM (#1931597)
I thought it sounded like a non-Latin player, since he talked so indirectly about Latin teammates getting them in Mexico or the Dominican. Sanchez is a really good idea, though, since he came from Cuba, which presumably wouldn't have access to the same pharmaceuticals (thanks to the embargo). Also, the reporter is Hispanic, which might make sense.

Nice catch, Crispix.
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 03, 2006 at 01:50 AM (#1931613)
Sanchez was also suspended last year for PEDs.

My dog loves greenies.
   10. The Honorable Ardo Posted: April 03, 2006 at 02:31 AM (#1931723)
Primey for #10. Are those things suitable for golden Labs?

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