According to the L.A. Times Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez has been suspended for 50 games for use of performance enhancing drugs. Scott Boras, Ramirez’s agent, told ESPN’s Peter Gammons that Ramirez was taking a prescribed drug for a medical condition as opposed to steroids. There is no word as to what substance Ramirez was taking. Major League Baseball has confirmed the suspension. Ramirez will be eligible to return on July 3.
Omar Minaya and Mets fans everywhere wanted to sign Manny to patrol left field for the Mets this season. It seemed like it would be a great move at the time but the Wilpons didn’t want to spend the money it would take to get him.
I was calling Oliver Perez selfish for opposing a minor league assignment earlier this week. But this is perhaps the ultimate selfish act. Sacrificing your teams standing for your own. It’s a shame. But thankfully it’s a Dodger that has been suspended and not a Met.
Here’s some Manny quotes on the issue:
“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.”
Manny has waived his right to appeal the suspension which will cost him nearly $8 million. The suspension begins immediately.