[Chad] Curtis added that amphetamine use is so prevalent that non-users are sometimes ostracized as slackers.And another:
Did you know that baseball moved to ban ephedra because of the death of Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler, but ephedra is a milder form of the amphetamines -- which are controlled substances -- that baseball does allow?It's all about PR.
It made no sense for Rob Manfred, baseball's chief labor negotiator, to tell us with a straight face that the issue of amphetamines will be reviewed by a health policy committee. Baseball already bans them in the minor leagues, so now you're going to "study" them to see if they should be banned in the majors?Like I said: PR. Of course, some people (i.e. David Pinto at Baseball Musings) think that all these Performance Enhancing Drugs should be legalized. I'm not going to get into that argument again - it's too similar to trying to convince a Republican that the Democrats are correct (and vice versa) or trying to explain to a atheist that God exists (and vice versa).
Chad Curtis: "Steroids are popular, but quite a lot more guys take [amphetamines] than steroids. I'm talking about illegal stuff. Speed ... ritalin, which is legal only with a doctor's prescription ... sometimes guys don't even know what they're taking. One guy will take some pills out of his locker and tell somebody else, 'Here, take one of these. You'll feel better.' And the other guy will take it and not even know what it is.