Manny Tests Positive

Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez singles against the Colorado Rockies last month.If you haven’t heard yet, Manny Ramirez has tested positive for a banned substance of MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.  Manny has already accepted his 50 game suspension, saying,

“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 Mr. McCourt, Mrs. McCourt, Mr. 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.”

Now, we can be as skeptical as we like about this statement, and rightfully so.  It’s pretty hard to believe “the story” whenever something like this happens.  I personally tip my cap to Manny for probably the best handling of a positive drug test I’ve seen in baseball so far.  His affirming of the taking of banned substance and accepting his punishment as his responsibility upholds the integrity of his apology far and above some of the other pathetic apologies we have witnessed in the past.

Did I just that about Manny Ramirez?

But with that said, I’m willing to entertain the idea that Manny has been doping all along and the tests finally caught up to the chemists in this instance.  Which might mean that this isn’t the last we’ve heard about significant players testing positive for banned substances this year.  Personally, I would be putting my money on Manny’s closest Domican Republic buddies, David Ortiz and Vladimir Guerrero, to be next.  It’s only a matter of time before we see how deep the rabbit hole goes.

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