Posted August 17, 2013

Report: Miguel Tejada to receive 105-game suspension for Adderall use

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(Kansas City Star/Getty Images)

Miguel Tejada reportedly tested positive for amphetamines three times, including twice in the same month. (Kansas City Star/Getty Images)

Kansas City Royals infielder Miguel Tejada will be suspended for 105 games for twice testing positive for Adderall this season, Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan is reporting.

The 39-year-old former American League MVP had tested positive for amphetamines before this season, meaning his second positive resulted in a 25-game ban and his third an 80-game ban — thus the total of 105 games.

It will be the third-longest non-lifetime ban in MLB history, topped by Alex Rodriguez’s pending 211-game suspension and Steve Howe’s 119-day suspension in 1992 for substance abuse.

Tejada, who has been linked to PEDs since the Mitchell Report investigation, will begin serving the suspension immediately, though he was recently placed on the 60-day disabled list with a strained calf.

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From Yahoo! Sports:

Tejada did not appeal the penalties and will begin serving them immediately from the 60-day disabled list, where the Royals placed him this week with a strained calf. After serving the remaining 41 games in Kansas City’s season, Tejada would be ineligible to play in the first 64 games of 2014, though one source close to Tejada indicated he is strongly leaning toward retiring.

It would end an up-and-down career that peaked with the 2002 AL MVP and saw its nadir when he pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in 2005 about his knowledge of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. Though Tejada never was suspended for PED use, he later admitted to buying more than $6,000 worth of human growth hormone, which he claimed to have thrown away before injecting.

The Dominican Republic native would retire with a .285 average,307 home runs and eight All-Star selections in 16 seasons.


42 comments
nunEEE6
nunEEE6

This is so dumb... he could have just gone to a doctor and said he was having trouble concentrating.  I bet half the league is taking Adderrall but it's prescribed to them so it's legal

DugoutBoyz
DugoutBoyz

Can somebody please tell us succinctly...in layman's terms, just what effect Adderall has on the body to enhance performance?   Is it the ability to 'see' the pitch for a bit longer?  Heighten your senses?

Because if it doesn't alter your muscle mass....what I thought was the goal of every player using PEDs, then what's the problem? 

Jim21
Jim21

I think there should be a ban of 50 games for first offense and after the second, their career stats are reset back to zero and any personal accolades withdrawn. 

bofureturn
bofureturn

another dominican player testing positive. what a surprise. why is he even bothering to explain? no one believes you anyway.

DanaBunner
DanaBunner

Miguel Tejada career earnings:  $96,462,000.   Sounds like PEDs paid off pretty well for him.

Josh13
Josh13

I know a way to stop PED use. first time offense should be a 100 games second offense a life time ban however in every contract should have a stipulation where once you test positive that your contract is no longer guarantueed and thus performance based. 

MichaelC
MichaelC

What I don't get is why Tejeda didn't get a prescription for Adderall. You gotta be immensely stupid to get suspended for Adderall - it's readily prescribed, cheap, and easy to get. Knowing the risks of getting caught, what a dumb, dumb move.

parkbrav
parkbrav

"Tejada, who has been linked to PEDs since the Mitchell Report investigation..."

 RIGHT!!

parkbrav
parkbrav

Don't forget that he was linked to "B-12" in the Mitchell Report when he was playing for the Orioles

mystafugee
mystafugee

How come he didn't get a 211 game suspension?  Not like this is the first time

jasonaturpin
jasonaturpin

This is so stupid.  95% of the people reading this article do not even know what Adderall is.  It is a prescription drug that creates extreme concentration.  It is prescribed to people with ADHD.  It isn't a steroid.  Any psychiatrist could give anybody that has symptoms of ADHD this prescription.  To classify it as "Performance Enhancing" and to suspend a player 105 games really just shows how stupid the MLB is and how unqualified their leaders are.  


Go into any college library during exam time and I guarantee you at least 25% of the kids in there will be on this drug.  Could they go out and hit a home run or play in the NFL?  No, but they could study way more efficiently and get a good grade on the test.  Stop the witch hunt.  

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

Why do these liars always have a story.. Tejada and his bowling ball sized head have been gutter balling it since the 90's

NeoSmith
NeoSmith

What's the difference between crack heads and MLB players??!  Absolutely nothing.

dwainm40
dwainm40

We're just now seeing the tip of la bola de hielo.

foxtheory
foxtheory

This guy still playing? I guess if you are not a Royals fan you wouldn't know he was in the league.

theprodigy73
theprodigy73

Tejada has been juicing since his oakland days with giambi and other juicers,never liked him since lying to congress,"earned" getting on the team out of spring training by juicing and taking at bats away from someone who deserved to be there,good riddance!

JeffBunnell
JeffBunnell

He must have gotten the pills from ARod...isn't that right, Bud?

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Once these players start cheating it seems they can never stop.

nunEEE6
nunEEE6

@DugoutBoyz The advantage is in heightened focus and more 'energy.' I'm sure it helps with body awareness and attention to detail, and probably improves reaction time as you mentioned. Also, playing defense in baseball, you spend a lot of time waiting around - it can help you keep your mind focused on the game and ready between pitches.

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@bofureturn What does him being Dominican have to do with PED and/or some other kind of drug abuse? That is a racist statement and will be flagged accordingly. 

Mark121
Mark121

Right, and lots of fans benefited to from exciting plays he made and hits as as well they talked about at work at bars etc... .The fans have nothing to whine about ,they got their monies worth and now every bodies just jumping on the self righteous bandwagon.None of them look like over sized giants,it's just like any other drug control it and let them us it.

jjazznola
jjazznola

Everyone has a plan however the unions must agree on it. That's the tough part. MLB overall has handled this horribly.

belindian
belindian

@jasonaturpin I agree with you here.  Tejada had a prescription for it but didn't renew it.  Thus when his prescription expired it became a performance enhancer.  It's on him or his agent to know this stuff to keep him from getting suspended.

TheDoctorIsIn
TheDoctorIsIn

@jasonaturpinThe key is "performance enhancing". Hitting more home runs is not the only way to enhance performance. 

If Adderall didn't enhance performance, college kids wouldn't be taking them. 

I sure hope your comments are not indicative of the quality of critical thinking being taught in those college classes you are taking.

Mel
Mel

@theprodigy73  I dislike PED's too but you do realize that's not what he was suspended for right? Adderal has none of that in it. It enhances focus...

jasonaturpin
jasonaturpin

@JeffBunnell Or your kids.  It is ADHD medicine not steroids.  Go to any college library and you will find this stuff.  It is a lot more prevalent than you think.

nunEEE6
nunEEE6

@DugoutBoyzAnd having more 'energy' no doubt helps you to train longer and stay motivated- so while it doesn't have a direct impact on muscle mass, it improves your ability to get there.  But then again - so does caffeine - so the question is, why is caffeine sold on street corners at Starbucks and not considered a PED by MLB? It's inconsistent. 

jjazznola
jjazznola

That is not racist whatsoever. Just factual.

bofureturn
bofureturn

@Voiceover310 @bofureturn stop burying your head in the sand and playing the political correctness card. Since the MLB instituted its PED policy in 2005, 39 of the 67 players suspended for banned substances have been from Latin America. And 20 of those have been from the Dominican Republic. Braun was the only non-Latino who was suspended in the biogenesis scandal.