San Diego, CA- Major League Baseball announced today that San Diego Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin has been suspended 25-games for testing positive for amphetamines.
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Cameron Maybin becomes the third Padres player in the last two years to be suspended by Major League Baseball for PED’s.
What makes the suspension worse is that this is Cameron Maybin’s second offense for testing positive for amphetamines. According to the league’s substance abuse policy for amphetamine usage, the first offense is not released to the public and no suspension is given. The second offense results in a 25 game suspension and the information is released to the public.
Here is a statement released by Maybin:
"I have been undergoing treatment for several years for a medical condition, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), for which I previously had a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE). Unfortunately, in my attempts to switch back to a medicine that had been previously ok’d, I neglected to follow all the rules and as a result I tested positive. I want to assure everyone that this was a genuine effort to treat my condition and I was not trying in any way to gain an advantage in my baseball career. I understand that I must accept responsibility for this mistake and I will take my punishment and will not challenge my suspension. I apologize to my family, friends, fans, teammates, and the entire Padres organization. I look forward to returning to the field and contributing to the success of my Club."
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Cameron Maybin was having an average at best season for the Padres batting .247 with solid defense in center field in only 62 games. Maybin missed all of spring training and the first month of the season with a torn biceps tendon.
The Padres signed Cameron Maybin to a five-year $25 million contract extension in 2012 and has failed to live up to expectations and stay on the field. Maybin will be eligible to return from the suspension on August 20 against the Dodgers.
Yet the question now is do the Padres want to keep Cameron Maybin. If I’m the Padres I get rid of Cameron Maybin this off-season and either find a new center fielder in free-agency or give the job full time to Will Venable. Venable has performed the role of starting center fielder for the Padres for most of the past two seasons, due to Cameron Maybin missing so much time due to injury. Venable can be just as good of a defender as Maybin, has about the same production at the plate as Maybin, is durable and dosen’t carry the risk of another future suspension as Cameron Maybin now does.