So I’m sure you’ve already heard that Manny Ramirez, the biggest and best clutch hitter in baseball today, has been suspended for 50 games for using performance-enhancing drugs.
This story is still in the developments stages. Not all of the information has been shared as of yet.
According to the LA Times, who broke the story, Manny’s suspension is effective tonight.
Scott Boras is saying Manny did not test positive for a steroid. Like most players that get caught say, it is being reported the PED was a prescription from Manny’s doctor.
No word on which PED it was.
Ramirez will not be eligible to play for the LA Dodgers again until July 3rd. Xavier Paul has been called up from Triple-A. It is being said Juan Pierre could take Manny’s place in left field.
The suspension, according to the paper, could cost Ramirez $7.7 million. A drop in the bucket with his $25 million contract.
Here is a statement by Manny Ramirez on ESPN.com:
“Recently I saw a physician for a personal health issue. He gave me a medication, not a steroid, which he thought was OK to give me.
“Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy. Under the policy that mistake is now my responsibility. I have been advised not to say anything more for now.
“I do want to say one other thing; I’ve taken and passed about 15 drug tests over the past five seasons.
“I want to apologize to [Dodgers owner Frank] McCourt, Mrs. McCourt, [manager Joe] Torre, my teammates, the Dodger organization, and to the Dodger fans. LA is a special place to me and I know everybody is disappointed. So am I. I’m sorry about this whole situation.“
Peter Gammons believes Manny was not aware of the PED in the prescription.
I have to say, for the record, I believe Manny. I do think it was a one time thing.
With that said, the only problem I do have with this is the doctor really should have been aware of everything listed under MLB’s drug policy. Manny should have called the hotline that is given to all players in the league, to double check to make sure it was okay to take.
While I am happy the Mets did not sign him, I have to say I am siding with Manny and Gammons. Manny did not need to use PED’s, HGH, or steroids. He was a frightful player without them.
What proof do you have that he has used in the past? None! He has passed all of the tests he has taken.
No, I do not think Omar Minaya knew anything about this because there was nothing to know. It just happened that Minaya did not get him.
More on this as I hear it.