[Manny Being Banny: Ramirez announces that he’s tested positive for PEDs.]
What’s been announced is MLB suspending the LA Dodgers’ Manny Ramirez for 50 games and Ramirez portraying himself as yet another player blaming someone else, this time his personal physician, for accidentally prescribing him PEDs. The LA Times called it early this morning, but Ramirez’ statement came out later. The Dodgers ride a 13-0 win streak at home and currently post the best record in baseball. How that shapes up over 50 games without Manny’s .348 bat in the line-up, remains to be seen. The Dodgers have called up Xavier Paul to take Manny’s roster spot. Ramirez says the following:
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.
LA, the Xavier Paul era at Chavez Ravine is NOW!