Top Padres Stories of 2014
By Tim Richer
Cameron Maybin‘s Suspension
June 8, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; San Diego Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin (24) during the game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
This was one of the more surprising stories of 2014. On July 23rd, news broke that Cameron Maybin had been suspended by Major League Baseball for 25 games due to a violation of the drug policy for his use of amphetamines.
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Since the implementation of drug testing by Major League Baseball, players who are prescribed amphetamines such as adderall and ritalin have been granted Therapeutic Use Exceptions or TUEs to allow them to continue to take them. Maybin unfortunately was caught without one.
This was just another slap in the face for Padres fans in yet another tumultuous season. Maybin hadn’t been performing all year, and had been struggling through injuries, now finally healthy, he gets slapped with a 25-game suspension. It was a tough year to watch Maybin, and now with a full outfield that doesn’t include him, his days as a Padre could be numbered.