Late in a 30-home run season for the 5-foot-8, 170-pound Jimmy Rollins, the Philadelphia Phillies shortstop hit a clutch homer that led to a win for the home team. After the cheering died down, a fan along the right field line yelled out: “Those are the best steroids ever!”
Everyone within earshot laughed heartily. Now no one knows if Rollins was on the juice back then, but his power numbers have not come close since MLB instituted more stringent testing programs.
Carlos Ruiz winning the NL Player the Week Award is a reminder of the player “Chooch” was and is both pre- and post-Adderall exemption. Ruiz got a 25-game suspension at the start of the 2013 season for use of the banned drug Adderall and struggled to a five-HR, .268-average season. While presumably on Adderall in 2012, Ruiz hit a career-high .325 with 16 homers.
Since the end of last year, Ruiz has obtained a legal prescription for Adderall and has MLB’s permission to use it. Presumably, he did not get the prescription to have the bottle sitting on the shelf. Now Ruiz is hitting .294, which ranks No. 3 among MLB catchers. Even more impressively, his .412 OBP ranks No. 1 among catchers, as does his 18 runs scored.
Adderall or not, Ruiz is one of the hottest hitters in baseball right now. In his past six games, he has hit 11-for-22 with a home run and seven RBIs. In a four-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers last week, he became the first MLB player to get as many as six extra-base hits in a series this season.
At this rate, maybe a few other Phillies should look into Adderall prescriptions. Jimmy Rollins, I’m looking at you.