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Triple-A Norfolk first baseman/outfielder Rhyne Hughes has been suspended for 50 games after testing positive for an amphetamine. The suspension begins at the start of the 2012 season.

Hughes isn't on the Orioles' 40-man roster. He made his major league debut in 2010, batting .213 with four RBIs in 14 games. He didn't move above Triple-A this season while batting .249 with 25 doubles, 15 homers and 59 RBIs in 92 games with the Tides.

http://www.masnsports.com/school_of_roch/2011/09/hughes-suspended-and-other-notes.html

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Why waste a 50 game suspension on amphetamine? If you're going to risk a suspension, at least take one for the team and hulk up for us.

I was waiting for someone to allude to this. I kind of find it ridiculous that they're even suspending him for something that gives him the feeling of more energy and focus. Not more energy in the biological sense, but the feeling of more energy. I mean to me, this is glorified coffee.

But I agree with your premise, if he were going to take a banned substance, why waste it on something that isn't going to do anything except help you get out of bed and to the field faster?

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I take Dexedrine (Dextro-Amphetamine) almost every day, as prescribed by my doctor. I have major issues with inattentiveness and fatigue, and this helps me significantly. The health detriments are negligible, as the dosage I take is pretty low.

It basically gives me 12 hours of alertness, but not 12 hours of being "high", or anything like that. (While Dexedrine has a potential for abuse, I've never used it off-label, and have never abused it. It's a schedule-II controlled substance.)

It helps me a bit athletically. When I work out, I use the elliptical machine for about an hour, and it helps me get through the boring parts of that workout. But it doesn't make me stronger, or faster, or a better athlete...just a bit more focused.

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I take Dexedrine (Dextro-Amphetamine) almost every day, as prescribed by my doctor. I have major issues with inattentiveness and fatigue, and this helps me significantly. The health detriments are negligible, as the dosage I take is pretty low.

It basically gives me 12 hours of alertness, but not 12 hours of being "high", or anything like that. (While Dexedrine has a potential for abuse, I've never used it off-label, and have never abused it. It's a schedule-II controlled substance.)

It helps me a bit athletically. When I work out, I use the elliptical machine for about an hour, and it helps me get through the boring parts of that workout. But it doesn't make me stronger, or faster, or a better athlete...just a bit more focused.

I agree. It might get you to the field, but it won't have any real impact on your performance.

I have a very accepting stance on PED use, but I can at least understand the reasoning behind the banning of things like Steroids and HGH. This is an example of something that is banned that has no real effect on performance.

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It helps me a bit athletically. When I work out, I use the elliptical machine for about an hour, and it helps me get through the boring parts of that workout. But it doesn't make me stronger, or faster, or a better athlete...just a bit more focused.

Doesn't being able to use the elliptical machine for an hour, when you otherwise could not, make you stronger, faster and potentially a better athlete?

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Doesn't being able to use the elliptical machine for an hour, when you otherwise could not, make you stronger, faster and potentially a better athlete?

Not to speak for him completely, but I think his point is that all it does is keeps him focused on his workout. It doesn't give him any biological advantage at completing the workout at a higher level. He's still performing at the same level he otherwise would have, but he was more motivated to actually do it. It's nothing that a cup of coffee and a personal trainer wouldn't do.

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