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Kicking amphetamines

In our first installment of Hot Stove Heaters, Jerry Crasnick examines the use of "greenies" and how MLB's new amphetamine policy might affect the season ahead.

Updated: January 17, 2006, 12:46 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN Insider

Here's one potentially positive byproduct of Major League Baseball's new amphetamine crackdown: Hitting the cutoff man actually might become fashionable again.

While purists attribute the current barrage of airmailed throws and baserunning gaffes to a lack of fundamentals, there's a different, more cynical read in some baseball clubhouses. When a player gets thrown out by 15 feet trying to stretch a single into a double, it's not uncommon for someone in the dugout to joke, "The greenies must ...

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