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Manny Ramirez – STEROIDS?


I woke up this morning with many questions streaming through my brain:

Would opening my window and chucking my alarm-ringing cell phone outside be worth the $200 I’d have to spend replacing it?

If I tossed my phone out, could I throw my wife out the same window – without legal and moral ramifications – for continuously imploring me to get my lazy arse out of bed so we could go shopping already?

What’s for breakfast?

Can the Dodgers continue their home winning streak?

Is there any chance Kobe gets suspended for his elbow on Ron Artest last night?

Would I have a chance to finish the A-Rod blog I began working on yesterday after reading the Selena Roberts book?

Needless to say one thing I wasn’t pondering was the likelihood of Manny Ramirez getting dished a 50-game suspension for using a banned substance. Which is precisely what I awoke to find screaming at me from my laptop screen, courtesy of ESPN.

The sting of this development is fresh, and to discover what exactly is in the wound, it needs to stop bleeding. And it may not for a while. Before we place our stamp of judgement on the matter, there are several questions we need answered.

1) What exactly did Manny test positive for?

2) Who prescribed him the medicine which triggered the positive test?

3) What was Manny’s “health issue”?

4) When did he test positive?

Once those questions have been sorted through, NotinHD.com (and the rest of the world) will be able to properly put the Manny situation in perspective. If nothing else, the opinions we bring to the table should be informative and entertaining, as they will be coming from the mouths of three Dodger fans.

Without the facts I have one gut reaction that I’m chewing on: Could Manny testing positive actually be a blessing in disguise for MLB?

Umm… WHAT?

Hold on, think about it. At this point, fans and media have picked out their biggest and best rocks to stone former superstars, with nothing more than convictions based on speculation.

Manny testing positive – and receiving a 50-game suspension – is real. It’s tangible. And this is the first time we have had a thought-to-be user, who hasn’t been an easy villain.

I know, I know, Boston fans want you to believe otherwise, but my guess is once the dust settles, they will realize this affects them more than anyone, and revert back to the unabashed support they once reserved for the lovable dreadlocked slugger who helped them break the curse twice over.

So in the end, when combined with the likes of Jose Canseco, A-Rod, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and potential Hall of Fame steroid users yet to be uncovered, (I’m leaving Rafael Palmeiro off this list because I wouldn’t give him a ticket to Cooperstown clean or dirty) fans may begin to see the magnitude of the problem.

Are writers really going to be able to stomach not voting in anyone over a twenty year or so time period? Because that is what may happen.

If A-Rod and Manny used, who’s to say Ken Griffey Jr. didn’t use? Or Greg Maddux? Or Cal Ripken Jr. (already enshrined)?

The point is, until a positive test pops up, we don’t know if a player used or not.

Not testing positive doesn’t mean a player didn’t juice. It just means we don’t know about it yet.

  1. Dan Miller
    May 7, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    As Manny has pointed out, he’s passed a bunch of drug tests over the past 5 years. Obviously, no player is going to start using steroids with all the strict testing. If he passed all those tests, and he’s not dumb enough to start using now, what’s the real story? Peter Gammons says he really believes that it was simply a careless mistake by a doctor, rather than steroids or HGH. He cites J.C. Romero testing positive for taking something he bought at a GNC store. Of course, it’s a lot harder to believe one of the best hitters of all time on a similar defense.

    The difference between this and the A-Rod test was that A-Rod tested positive during the time when guys were using and drug testing wasn’t as strict. The current policy was adopted in 2006, while ARod’s positive test was 2003. ARod merely risked his reputation, not millions of dollars and a 50-game suspension.

    It simply doesn’t make sense that Manny would be clean for 5 years, and all of a sudden test positive.

  2. wstuchell
    May 7, 2009 at 3:54 PM

    Can you hear my Korean girls giggling all the way from here? Ohh wait, that’s me. Seeing the crushed and dispossessed souls of Dodger fans everywhere has given me a reason to wake up in the morning. As a long suffering fan of honestly some of the worst baseball to ever be played on a major league field I can only say its about time the Dodgers suffer.

    Now that my gloating is done, I do have to say that Manny did not test positive for steroids. He tested positive for HCG or human chorionic gonadotropin, and as much as I hate him for wearing Dodger blue, I am going to wait to pass judgment on him. Did he make a mistake, absolutely. Did he take steroids? Nobody knows. The drug is used to restore testosterone levels in post steroid users, enhance testosterone levels in adolescent late blooming males, and it is a female fertility drug. Maybe Manny was just trying to get in touch with his feminine side since moving to LA. Perhaps he wanted to feel like Aretha Franklin once sung “A Natural Woman.”

    Oh, did I forget to mention that HCG is also an ED drug. Honestly the thought of arguably the most feared slugger of our generation taking little blue pills makes me laugh. Is Manny a clown, yes. Has Manny been blamed for being lazy, yes. Is he stupid, NO. If I was his doctor, I would be very worried about a lawsuit right now. This is an open and shut case for Manny. The doctor prescribed the drug. The drug got Manny banned. Manny looses money. Therefore the doctor can be held liable for Manny’s lost wages.

  3. rlpologuy
    May 10, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Look at all you Dodger fans trying to make Manny not look as bad as he should. Shame on you Ben for thinking Ken Griffey Jr. would use steroids. Good god, Manny cheated and that’s, that. Throw him into the same pile of crap where Bonds, McGwire, Palmerio, and others who have cheated lie. Manny should know what he’s putting into his body. Hell, he makes enough money to have a doctor on retainer to watch what his nutrionist gives him to make sure that it isn’t on the banned substance list. While Manny hasn’t tested for steroids, it does put into question why he’s using a female fertility drug. Are his hormones out of whack? Does he have periods? Really, what was he thinking?

    Manny thinks he’s above everyone else in the league. He made Dodger fans groan all offseason waiting for Manny to re-sign. Then after getting a HUGE amount of money that he doesn’t deserve, he put his ego in front of his teammates and got caught. Dodger fans should shun Manny, just like he shunned his team and the city.


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