David Ortiz hit a three run homer to put the Sox up on the A’s a few minutes ago. I’m assuming the crowd cheered.
Recently I saw a physician for a personal health issue. He gave me a medication, not a steroid, which he thought was okay to give me. Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy. Under the policy that mistake is now my responsibility. I have been advised not to say anything more for now. […]
So sayeth the Times: Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz, the sluggers who propelled the Boston Red Sox to end an 86-year World Series championship drought and to capture another title three years later, were among the roughly 100 Major League Baseball players to test positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003, according to lawyers with knowledge […]
Buried in a somewhat yawn-inducing story about SuperFed Jeff Novitsky’s quest to serve search warrants on every man, woman and child in the United States by 2016, is an interesting quote from the BALCO-riffic Victor Conte: “I don’t believe competitive athletes are using designer steroids now. They’re too easily detected – they have too many […]
No, not that one. Probably not the second or third most famous Bill Simmons either: Jose Canseco is hungry for another shot at winning a celebrity boxing bout. Yet he may not be as famished as his next opponent in this bizarre form of sports entertainment, a man who also knows how to dig in […]
Folks may disagree, but I think this is the wiser move: Baseball writers have turned down a proposal to form a committee for developing guidelines on evaluating players from the steroids era in Hall of Fame voting. Chicago Sun-Times columnist Rick Telander, who brought the matter up at a Chicago chapter meeting last month, made […]
Bud Selig: “Very well, if that is the way the winds are blowing, let no one say I don’t also blow!” Baseball commissioner Bud Selig wants to keep players on drug suspensions from going to the minor leagues before they return. Manny Ramirez drew sellout crowds last month in the minors when he played two […]
I read this the first time and laughed. And then I looked up at the humorless picture at the top of the column and realized that this is no parody. Greg Doyel is Very. Very. Serious. The Home Run Derby is tonight, and it’s the perfect advertisement for baseball. Busch Stadium in St. Louis will […]
So, Marchman posts a link to a guy who claims to have a list of the 2003 drug test failures. Then Jay wonders whether Marchman posting the link is a hypocritical move based on stuff Marchman has said in the past about trafficking in this kind of stuff. I scanned through the list quickly, and […]
T.J. Simers doesn’t get all of the Manny outrage, but he’s not even pretending to be objective about it. In today’s column he fields the emails of those angry at him for being a Manny apologist. He doesn’t duck the charge at all. For him, it’s all about the entertainment factor: “Your idolatry of Manny […]
Rangers’ outfielder Marlon Byrd is either really brave, really stupid, really trusting or some combination of the three: Marlon Byrd wouldn’t be pulling down $3 million as a Major League baseball player without getting a second chance from an obscure community college after he nearly had a leg amputated more than a decade ago. So […]
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Another outraged column about Manny’s rehab assignment, this one from Bill Plaschke. I’m struck by this: Manny Ramirez playing for the triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes is as weird as the word “isotope.” . . . When Manny Ramirez is old and gray and sitting outside the locked doors of Cooperstown, he might reflect on this summer […]
I think that, with this comment, J.W. gets at the core of a good third of the baseball debates that go on around here and elsewhere: I agree that Manny doesn’t deserve adulation or admiration. Neither does A-Rod (for cheating on his wife, etc.) But this brings us to a difficult question regarding entertainment. Can […]
Now if you turn your attention to the center ring, I give you Manny Ramirez, standing on his head while riding on the back of a flaming horse! Or something! Ramirez, easing back into playing shape after a 50-game drug suspension, suited up for the Albuquerque Isotopes as they beat Nashville 1-0. Ramirez wore No. […]
Ryne Sandberg thinks Sammy Sosa won’t make the Hall of Fame and believes that he shouldn’t make the Hall of Fame. I agree with the first part and, while my mind isn’t 100% made up about it yet, I’m inclined to disagree with the second part. Either way, neither Sandberg’s position on that or mine […]
Tracy Ringolsby is mad: Manny Ramirez was handed a 50-game suspension for violating baseball’s drug policy. What a farce. While Ramirez is not eligible to rejoin the Dodgers until July 3, baseball found a loophole. On Tuesday he will join the Dodgers’ Triple-A Albuquerque affiliate. He is allowed 10 games in the minor leagues to […]
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Buster Olney’s contribution to the post-Sosa world, couched in the notion that the clean players like Raul Ibanez should be outraged at the steroid users: Ibanez and others should say out loud that as far as they’re concerned, cheating should not be tolerated. Insist that the drug-testing penalties be given sharper teeth. Demand that one […]
This morning I wrote a post that, among other things, lauded the legal counsel Sammy Sosa appears to have been given in advance of his Congressional testimony in 2005. I said this: [Sosa] said “To be clear, I have never taken illegal performance-enhancing drugs.” He said “I have never injected myself or had anyone inject […]