Jason Kendall sat for a deposition in his divorce case recently, and the subject of other players taking the ADD drug Adderall came up. Kendall admitted to his own use — as much as 60 mg doses during the regular season, cutting back once the season was over — said that he believes Brian Giles used Adderall as well, and that he believed Bobby Crosby did too.
For what it’s worth, 60 mg is a heavy, heavy dosage of Addreall, nearly twice what you typically see for adults. Many, many players use Adderall — at rates much higher than the drug is prescribed to the population at large — getting “therapeutic use” exemptions from Major League Baseball in order to take what would otherwise be a banned stimulant. Many anti-doping experts believe that the relatively large number of Adderall users in baseball is fishy.
But Kendall’s use and his shaky info on the use of others is not the most interesting part of his deposition. This is:
Kendall was also asked if he ever took “greenies” which is “a diet pill that was used in baseball.” Kendall’s lawyer instructed him not to
answer because of “his fifth amendment right against self
incrimination.” Kendall said “greenies” are banned in major league
baseball. Kendall was asked if he ever got “greenies” in Mexico and his
attorney said, “Mark McGuire didn’t answer it during the congressional
hearings. My client is not going to answer that during this particular
It’s been four months since I’ve taken anyone’s deposition so I may be getting rusty, but I don’t seem to recall the “Mark McGuire didn’t do it so my client doesn’t have to do it” instruction. This testimony also indicates that Kendall either didn’t fill out the errata sheet when he got a chance to review the transcript or else he doesn’t know how to spell “McGwire.”
UPDATE, 12:07 p.m. EDT: The Royals have confirmed reports of Yordano Ventura’s death with an official statement. No further details pertaining to the accident have been divulged.
Terrible, terrible news: Christian Moreno of ESPN reports that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura has been killed in an automobile accident in the Dominican Republic. His death has been confirmed by police. He was only 25 years-old. There are as of yet no details about the accident.
Ventura was a four-year veteran, having debuted in 2013 but truly bursting onto the scene for the Royals in 2014. That year he went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA in 183 innings, ascending to the national stage along with the entire Royals team with some key performances in that year’s ALDS and World Series. The following year Ventura won 13 games for the World Champion Royals and again appeared in the playoffs and World Series.
Ventura was often in the middle of controversy — he found himself in several controversies arising out of his habit of hitting and brushing back hitters — but he was an undeniably electric young talent who was poised to anchor the Royals rotation for years to come. His loss, like that of Jose Fernandez just this past September, is incalculable to both his team, his fans and to Major League Baseball as a whole.
Our thoughts go out to his family, his friends, his teammates and his fans.
Free agent right-hander Tim Lincecum isn’t ready to hang up his cleats just yet. At least, that’s the word from Lincecum’s agent, Rick Thurman, who says the 32-year-old is still “throwing and getting ready for the season” (via Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News).
Lincecum may not be ready to enter retirement, but another quote from Thurman suggests that he’ll be picky about where he pitches next. He doesn’t appear open to pitching overseas, and despite not having a contract for 2017 (or even any serious suitors), the right-hander is set on pitching in the big leagues this year. Whether or not he’s willing to take a bullpen role to do so remains to be seen.
While Baggarly predicts some interest in the veteran righty, there’s not much in Lincecum’s recent history to inspire faith in him as a starter, or even a reliever. He picked up a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Angels following his hip surgery in 2015, and went 2-6 in 2016 with a 9.16 ERA, 5.4 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 over 38 1/3 innings. At this point, a minor league contract seems like the surest path back to major league success, though he’s unlikely to find an open spot on the Giants’ or Angels’ rosters anytime soon.