Manny Ramirez Positive For Drugs: Manny Ramirez, one of the greatest hitters in baseball history, retired on Friday, choosing not only the game after the suspension of 100 tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs for the third time in his career.
The test was positive only two years after he was suspended 50 games for using a banned substance similar. This suspension is the result of a positive test in the field of training and that led to his retirement.
Following the suspension Ramirez 2009 was subjected to further testing and a greater sentence for another drug offense. But despite the increased risk, Ramirez, now 39 and has signed a one year contract in the off-season with the Tampa Bay Rays, was found to have used a new amplifier performance .
Ramirez was withdrawn the same day, another famous hitter, Barry Bonds, since the Court for its lack of a process in which a federal jury in San Francisco conclusions even if he lied in 2003 when he testified that he never knowingly used performance-enhancing drugs.
Bonds and Ramirez were contemporaries, and left fielder for the Hall of Fame to become drug offenses. While Major League Baseball recently progress in the fight to Ramirez that the use of steroids and bonds were both unlucky to hit the headlines in Friday stressed that the issue of drugs in baseball is by no means obscure.
Under the drug testing program in baseball, Ramirez will serve the suspension of 100 games if you change your mind and decide you want to play again. But Ramirez legendary offensive production has declined significantly since 2009 revealed a positive result - it was only a 17 in the plate this season and hit just nine homers in 2010 - and it seems unlikely that any team would be interested in lure him back into uniform.
Ramirez, who was born in the Dominican Republic and attended high school in Manhattan, was elected in the first round of 1991 draft by Cleveland Indians. He made his Major League debut in 1921, quickly create your own power hitter who could also hit on average.
But he also created an image as an eccentric actor who could almost be unaware of what was happening around him - in the clubhouse, of course, but sometimes seems on the field and on the basePath.
After the 2000 season, signed an eight-year, $ 160 million with the Boston Red Sox. It was then, in 2003, is connected to the new free agent, signed David Ortiz to form the most fearsome lineup in baseball.
Ramirez-Ortiz combination helped propel the Red Sox a World Series championship in 2004, ending a drought of 86 years. Three years later, the two Boston hitters helped capture another title.
But in 2009, Ramirez began to act after the Red Sox have shown interest in him to sign a long-term extension. Amid widespread criticism of his behavior, Boston forced a change to the Dodgers in July, where he began to hit 0396 for the rest of the season and led the team to the NLCS National League.
After this season, the Dodgers won a multiyear contract. But the next spring training, a urine sample, which produce high levels of testosterone, which eventually led to the suspension of 50 games.
Two months later, the New York Times reported that he and Ortiz were about 100 players who tested positive for doping during the baseball anonymous test to be held in 2003.
At that time, Ramirez declined to discuss the issue with journalists and Ortiz said he never used steroids.
On Friday, Ramirez was not in the locker room Rays meet the news media. But in Boston, Ortiz was forced to take positive control of his former teammate.
“If you play with Manny Ramirez, I guarantee you’re going to look at a hard-working guy, a guy that tried to get better every day,” Ortiz said. “He got his issues like a lot of people know, but as a player, he did what he was supposed to do.”
The Rays and the Red Sox played each other in spring training, and in those games, Ortiz said, Ramirez “was in the best shape I’ve ever seen.”
“When you watched him hit, you were like, wow, he’s back,” Ortiz added.
But that Ramirez is now gone, along with his 555 home runs, his two rings, his numerous Silver Slugger awards, his 2002 batting championship, his 2004 World Series Most Valuable Player award and his very damaged reputation.