Manny Ramirez suspended 50 games

NEW YORK (AP) — Manny Ramirez was suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball on Thursday, becoming the latest high-profile player ensnared in the sport’s drug scandals.
The commissioner’s office didn’t announce the specific violation by the Dodgers outfielder, who will lose about one-third of his $25 million salary.
“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,” Ramirez said in a statement issued by the players’ union.
“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.”
This is the second major drug revelation to hit baseball in the last few months. In February, Alex Rodriguez admitted taking steroids while playing for Texas from 2001-03. But that was before the start of testing with penalties under a program agreed to by players and management. The New York Yankee star doesn’t appear likely to be
Ramirez is the third player suspended this year under the major league program, following Philadelphia reliever J.C. Romero and Yankees pitcher Sergio Mitre.
Just two relatively low-profile players were suspended under the major league program last year, San Francisco catcher Elizier Alfonzo and Colorado catcher Humberto Coto.
In the past, the best-known player penalized was Baltimore’s Rafael Palmeiro, who received a 10-day suspension in 2005, the first year of penalties for first infractions.

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  • ELManiaco

    Will the MLB release what substance was found in his positive test result? Maybe anonymous leaks? Since A-Rod’s test result was leaked with what was found, we’ll see if Manny is telling the truth? This just had to happen to us!!!

  • Jayrew

    Thanks Rich-

    What is he tested positive for marijuana? that would be great!

    but seriously, is there any appeal to this? I don’t want to sound like an ignorant fan but the guy has passed almost all of his drug tests.

    This just had to happen to us Maniaco!!!

    Lets hope the young guys can respond and step up….this SUCKS!

  • TeamHasHoles

    I don’t buy that story and I’ll never buy that story. Million Dollar players don’t get bad medical advice very often and so long as there are masking agents in this world, when a guy gets caught, he did PEDs and that’s all there is to it.

  • grumpy3b

    If MRam did wrong then, indeed screw him. But there are VOLUMES that the general public is never informed of by the media about medications.

    Banned substances are not all PED’s. But the media fails to educate the unwashed masses about that FACT. Some OTC antihistamines are considered banned. Olympic athletes are suspended for exactly such insane reasons. But there is a real reason they do it that way. They have no differential tests which differentiate between them and the actual PEDs.

    Many medications will break down into the the same molecules, called metabolites, that PED’s/banned medications will. FYI, it is rarely possible to test for the actual medication they can only test for those metabolites. That is the reason some very strange medications are banned. The US as well as the world needs a reality check on the issue. But after being fed decades of rhetoric based completely in misinformation and very poor logic. I have yet to read a single article which details how the pharmacokinetics of these medications can lead to false positives or positives from unrelated medications. It might decades before people are brought into the real understanding of the subject, if ever.

    I reserved comment until, well if ever, we find out the exact result and medication and tests involved. But, I sense MLB will refuse to disclose the test and results and even MRam might not be allowed to say.

    And MRam was likely advised not to comment pending not only an appeal (though he might have already done this), but malpractice case against the doctor who prescribed the medication knowing full well he need to consider the banned substances list.

  • Manny Ramirez is choosing to not appeal.

  • grumpy3b

    thanks Jill…I think that is the smart move for MRam. Why? because if he appeals he is still going to lose, I mean has anyone every not lost such an appeal?

    By just taking the hit now, he is back around the ASB. Not ideal, but it can be done and over with…