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Gwynn's Amphetamines Claim
CHICAGO - If amphetamine use was "rampant" on the San Diego
Padres as Tony Gwynn claims, manager Bruce Bochy and general
manager Kevin Towers never saw any evidence of it.
"If we knew there was a problem, we would have taken care of
it," Towers said Tuesday before the Padres played the Chicago
Cubs. "It's not something Bruce or I or the organization
turned our head on."
In an article published in Tuesday's editions of The New York
Times, Gwynn said amphetamines are an even bigger problem than
steroids. The former All-Star estimated that 50 percent of
position players use amphetamines, and said use is growing.
"Guys feel like they need an edge," Gwynn said. "It didn't
seem like there was a lot of it earlier in my career, but I
know that coming down to the end of my career, it was rampant
on my club."
Asked if he knew of any of his players who'd used
amphetamines, Bochy flatly said, "No." And if Gwynn knew of
any, Bochy and Towers both said they wished he'd come to them.
"No way would we ever condone it, and no, I was not aware of
it," Bochy said. "We'd like to think we do everything possible
to educate and stay drug-free within this organization."
Under the new collective bargaining agreement, all players on
40-man rosters are given two announced tests for illegal
steroids as part of a survey. If more than 5 percent test
positive for steroids, "program" testing starts the following
year and continues until less than 2.5 percent test positive
in two consecutive years combined.
But other illegal drugs, such as amphetamines, are not covered
under the drug testing policy.
"I've always felt we've been very pro-active in implementing
drug testing at the minor league level," Towers said. "The
tough thing is at the major league level, ... we're not able
to test for other drugs.
"If we ever saw a player openly taking amphetamines, we'd
certainly take care of the problem," Towers added. "In my
seven years here, I've never seen that happen."