Big Papi used steroids. According to the New York Times, Big Papi used steroids, and Manny Ramirez used steroids as well. These are words that Boston Red Sox fans have not wanted to hear, but the New York Times is now reporting that both Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz used steroids. Many had already assumed that Manny Ramirez used steroids after a recent test had found him to be using banned substances, but nobody in Boston was ready to admit that Big Papi used steroids. Now the stark realization is going to have to be faced, as David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez become the latest names attached to the 2003 drug scandal that continues to give Major League Baseball a black eye.
The New York Times has information from lawyers that are close to the list of steroid users that MLB was aware of back in 2003. The confidential testing that players committed to taking during the 2003 season is really coming back to haunt them, as more and more of those names continue to be released to the public at large.
That bad part for MLB, is not just that there are more than 100 names on the list, but that the list keeps being released so slowly to the press. It’s a tough spot to be in, because the league doesn’t want to turn against its players, but when each new name is released, it continues to create a black eye for the game and the teams to which the players are associated.
According to the lawyers that the New York Times spoke with, Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz were among the 100-plus players that tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs that year. Both were members of the Boston Red Sox during that season, and both have tried to stay above the controversy, with Ortiz finding more success in that regard. Ramirez recently completed a 50-game suspension for violating the drug policy in 2009, but David Ortiz had been able to avoid being directly linked to PED use. Both players join Alex Rodriguez and Sammy Sosa among the 104 players that have tested positive, and are now on the short list of people who have been ousted in the public.
So we now know that it was a fact that both Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz used performance enhancing drugs during the 2003 Major League Baseball season. It will remain unclear how often they used it before or after the testing, and we probably will never know until they are willing to admit to it. It again shows that there is no reason for the players on the steroid list to remain quiet, because eventually all the names are going to come out, even if it is very slowly. The use of performance enhancing drugs is really hurting the game of baseball, and until this list of 104 players can actually tell the truth about using drugs, it’s never going to clean up the game.