NY Times: Manny, David Ortiz On ‘03 Doping List

Well, Hank Aaron said that he’d like for 102 players who tested positive in MLB’s confidential drug tests to have their names revealed, and little by little he’s getting his wish. THE NEW YORK TIMES is reporting that Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003, throwing somewhat of a wet towel over Boston’s World Series championship season in ‘04 — which ended an 86-year drought.

David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez

FYI, it’s also Bud Selig’s 75th birthday today. Happy Birthday, Bud! We filled your cake with dog s***.

THE TIMES, sourcing “lawyers with knowledge of the results,” says that Ramirez and Ortiz join five other players, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, Sammy Sosa, Jason Grimsley and David Segui, who also tested positive for PEDs that year. Ortiz has continually denied that he ever took performance enhancing drugs.

Asked about the 2003 drug test on Thursday in Boston, Ortiz shrugged. “I’m not talking about that anymore,” he said. “I have no comment.”

The union has argued that the government illegally seized the 2003 test results, and judges at various levels of the federal court system have weighed whether the government can keep them. The government hopes to question every player on the list to determine where the drugs came from. An appeals court is deliberating the matter, and the losing side is likely to appeal to the United States Supreme Court.

Manny’s travails are well known — you don’t earn a 50-game suspension by drinking too much Jolt Cola. But Ortiz has denied time and again that his numbers are enhanced, even though it was suspicious that a player let go by the Twins in ‘02 should turn up the following season with 31 homers and 101 RBI for the Red Sox. He then went 41-139 and 47-148 the following two seasons.

Then of course his anemic start this season, after more stringent drug testing had been put in place.

Ortiz has admitted that he knows Angel Presinal, Alex Rodriguez’s personal trainer who has been banned from MLB clubhouses because of his links to steroids. But he said he never took PEDs.

The best part: Ortiz said in February that players who test positive for steroids should sit out an entire season.

“I think you clean up the game by testing…You test positive, you’re going to be out. Period,” Ortiz said Monday after the first day of workouts.

Can’t wait for the next batch of names.

Red Sox fans are, um, not taking this well. From the BOSTON HERALD comments section:

  • ezmover2020 — I hate the way they selectivly release the names instead of just publishing the entire list. Just doesn’t seem fare to me.
  • John_Dennis_Call –NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
  • KP – oh please.. from a NY paper ? why would I suspect anything from the Times? I’ll wait for the real report thanks
  • gormenghast – If this is true, I’m officially done rooting for this team.
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