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Old May 7th 2009, 10:34 am
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Major League Baseball announced Thursday that Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez has been suspended for 50 games for violating its drug policy.


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The commissioner's office didn't announce the specific violation by Ramirez, but in a statement Thursday provided by Major League Baseball, Ramirez attributed the violation to medication he had been prescribed by a doctor.
"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. "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."
After consultation with the Players' Association and his personal representatives, Ramirez waived his right to challenge the suspension. He will lose about one-third of his $25 million salary.
Ramirez's test result was first reported by the Los Angeles Times.
Triple-A outfielder Xavier Paul has been told by the Dodgers that he will be promoted later today, according to The Times. Ramirez would be eligible to return to the Dodgers' lineup for their July 3 game against San Diego.
In his first full season as a Dodger, Ramirez is batting .348 with six home runs and 20 RBIs. Los Angeles has bolted to a 21-8 record -- best in the majors -- and a 13-0 record at home that set the modern major league record for home winning streak to start a season.
The report of a Ramirez positive test is the second to rock the sport in three months. In February, New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez admitted that he used steroids from 2001-2003 while with the Texas Rangers
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Old May 7th 2009, 10:42 am
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Report: Manny suspended 50 games for PEDs
News Type: Opinion — Thu May 7, 2009 12:01 PM EDT
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Bill Shaikin and Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times report that Manny Ramirez has been suspended 50 games following a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs.

The suspension is expected to begin immediately and the Dodgers have reportedly already informed prospect Xavier Paul that he'll be called up from Triple-A to take Ramirez's place on the roster.

According to the newspaper, "Ramirez is expected to attribute the test results to medication received from a doctor for a personal medical issue."

Ramirez has hit .380 with 23 homers and 73 RBIs in 80 games with the Dodgers and was off to a huge start this season, but barring a successful appeal he'll be sidelined into July and his likely replacement will be the light-hitting Juan Pierre, whose career slugging percentage is .371.

Suddenly the Dodgers' grip on the NL West isn't looking as tight and yet another of baseball's all-time greats is now under the shadow of steroids.

UPDATE: Ramirez has issued a statement:

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.

Ramirez has reportedly waived his right to an appeal and will forfeit nearly one-third of his $25 million salary. He'll be eligible to return on July 3. We'll have further news and analysis throughout the day, so keep checking back.

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well, if the Cubs signed him as some fans wanted, we would be without him for the next 50 games
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LOL!!!!!!!!!!

Wow Manny, so much for waiting for that big contract
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yup. I bet he excersizes the next year on this deal first chacne he gets, unless there is an out for the Dodgers
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Yea , it was something they use to restart their testosterone production after they cycle off steroids. Natural testosterone production stops during usage and you need to restart it quickly afterward or else you get chunky and man boobs , you go from 200 lbs. of lean muscle to a chunky little guy with man boobs and a weak arm.
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I thought I read he was taking viagra or claimed it was for ED -just keeps getting better!
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I wanted to find this funny... but I just don't.

I find that each time a huge star in the MLB gets busted for HGH... it hurts baseball just a little.

BTW -- WTF are you thinking Manny, did you actually think you would get away with it? I don't see why anyone would want to do that stuff - you are obviously gonna get caught especially nowadays whenever the testing is so frequent and the punishment so severe.
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Oh, man the range of thoughts that went through my head when I heard this....

Angry that he had a part of what knocked us out of the playoffs last year.... I know it wasn't only him, but what he did for the Dodgers to even PUT them there....

Sad that he only further cast a darker shadow over the game making it hard to determine whether a guy has pure talent or pure stupidity. This game is such a wonderful game and such a part of American history.... and to have guys like this scar the image of the game...

Happy to see MLB holding true to their word...that even one of the biggest names in baseball isn't exempt from their "random" testing...

The Score was reporting that he was taking HCG, which is a hormone that is present when women are pregnant... but when given to men, it is supposed to increase the testosterone level. Seriously..... ugh.

Manny being Manny just got him in a whole world of trouble!
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I wanted to find this funny... but I just don't.


BTW -- WTF are you thinking Manny, did you actually think you would get away with it? I don't see why anyone would want to do that stuff - you are obviously gonna get caught especially nowadays whenever the testing is so frequent and the punishment so severe.
Why the heck wouldn't he do it ? He got $20 million a year , he beat out who knows who that foolishly played clean and it only cost him 50 games .

It should be a one year suspension and then weekly testing for as long as you play.
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