Did Manny Ramirez Use Steroids?

Bare KnucksAnalyst IApril 8, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 13:   Manny Ramirez #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers at bat during a Spring Training game against the Texas Rangers on March 13, 2009 at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Jose Canseco, so it should come as no surprise that he is again in the news running his mouth.

Who’s the victim this time? Manny Ramirez. What is the topic? Steroids. Surprise, surprise.

Canseco must be either running out of money, working on another book, or is just starved for attention because this guy just won’t go away.

Canseco recently made claims that Ramirez didn’t receive the long-term contract that he held out so long for this off-season because there were concerns regarding his name appearing on the list of players who tested positive during anonymous testing a few years back.

This is the same “anonymous” test Alex Rodriguez appeared positive on. How sure is Canseco about his claims? He says that Manny’s name is “most likely, 90 percent” on the list.

Now I’ll give Canseco credit for being correct about A-Rod, and he did initiate the cleanup of the MLB’s steroid problem (although he went about it entirely in the wrong way), but at this point I think we would all prefer that he just shut up and go away.

Most baseball fans have pretty much accepted steroids were very prevalent in professional baseball in the last couple decades, so why keep beating a dead horse so to speak?

If Canseco had any solid facts to back up this claim, then why wouldn’t he have come out with this earlier? It’s like he’s saving a few big names in his back pocket for every time he feels forgotten.

Do I think Manny could possibly have taken steroids? Absolutely. The guy wasn’t exactly huge when he came into the league, and when I see him hit balls 400 feet that nobody has any business even hitting the ball out of the infield (like the home run he hit at Wrigley in the NLCS last season that nearly bounced on the plate), it’s hard to not consider it.

But on the other hand, nobody works harder than Ramirez when it comes to his swing. The guy is at the ballpark hours before every game working in the cages, and that’s well before batting practice. So did he take steroids? [Read more...]