Report: Manny Ramirez Tests Positive for PED's, Suspended 50 Games

Derek CoffeltSenior Analyst IMay 7, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 19:  Manny Ramirez #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers at bat against the Colorado Rockies during the game at Dodger Stadium on April 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, slugger Manny Ramirez has tested positive for using performance-enhancing drugs.

As a result, he's been suspended 50 games starting with tonight's game against the Washington Nationals. He won't be eligible to return to the Dodgers until July 3.

Details are still sketchy at this point, but Ramirez is expected to attribute the test results to medication received from a doctor for a personal medical issue, according to a source familiar with matter but not authorized to speak publicly.

According to his agent Scott Boras, this was NOT a positive test for steroids but for another kind of banned drug.

Major League Baseball spokesman Pat Courtney said he could not comment, citing the limitations stipulated in baseball's drug policy.

Reports are coming in that the MLB knew about the positive test for several weeks now. This comes as no surprise, but one has to wonder whether or not Manny's name was on the same list that Alex Rodriguez's.

From that list, 104 names had yet to be released on that leaked testimony, but Manny's link with PED's certainly has to stunt any streak the Dodgers had been on. Currently holding the best record in the majors at 21-8, their record is almost certain but to take a nose dive.

It may not be immediate because the players may rally around this, but once the fire of that comes to a halt, things will get very interesting.

The NL West just got wide open.

In a slumping economy, this is the last thing the MLB needed. Another drug scandal only will now make the already jaded and cynical baseball fan that much more paranoid and distrustful of players.

I'm not quite there yet, but as the chips fall this doesn't seem to shock me now. It's become apart of the game now and it only fuels the lines and pages of articles like this around the world.

Being a fan of the game but aspiring to be a journalist, it's still tough to see this. I remember seeing Manny putting up huge numbers as a Cleveland Indian when they took on my local Atlanta Braves in the 1995 World Series.

He was a force to be reckoned with and that picture of him is what I want to remember. Even though using any kind of PED doesn't change the kind of hitter or pitcher you are, it still is something that makes a difference apparently if major leaguers are using it.

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