Within hours of the big news about Manny Ramirez being suspended for using performance enhancing drugs, all kinds of stuff are now being thrown out there.
First of all, this from Manny..
"Recently I saw a physician for a personal health issue. He gave me a medication, not a steroid, which he thought was OK to give me. Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy. Under the policy that mistake is now my responsibility."Maybe he has a valid point. Maybe his physician wasn't aware of what's legal and what's not. Allyssa Milano asked, "Maybe players should only see MLB staffed and approved doctors who are aware of the banned substance list." That wouldn't be a bad idea at all, really. The thing is, though, MLB does provide a number of resources to determine whether or not a drug is allowed to be prescribed without any issues.
Just 3 hours ago, this came out on Yahoo Sports...
LOS ANGELES – A source close to Manny Ramirez(notes) said Thursday that the illegal substance for which the Los Angeles Dodgers slugger tested positive was not “an agent customarily used for performance enhancing.”More from ESPN
At least not on the baseball diamond. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the drug was prescribed to address Ramirez’s erectile dysfunction.
However, two sources said the substance Ramirez tested positive for a gonadotropin. Major League baseball’s list of banned substances includes the gonadotropins LH (luteinizing hormone) and HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), which are most commonly used by women as fertility drugs. They also can be used to trigger testosterone production. Testosterone is depleted by steroid use, and low testosterone can cause erectile dysfunction.
It's very unfortunate to have this shocker come out when it did, especially after a great day we had in breaking the record.
Even though Manny did liven up the team, I'm not too worried about it. We have a great core of young players who have improved considerably. We we'll be fine for the next 50 games to come.
Like Tommy Lasorda to his 1988 team after Jay Howell was suspended, "Are we going to let one man determine the fate of this ballclub? We have to win with or without him, but we can not allow one man to determine the fate of our ballclub."
I agree. We have a lot of talent, and we will be fine.