David Ortiz & Manny Ramirez Tested Positive for PEDs in 2003

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on July 30, 2009 11:53 am

It’s just further evidence that pretty much everyone who was anyone in Major League Baseball during the “Steroids Era” were, well, on steroids.   David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez, two beloved members of the Boston Red Sox championship teams of 2004 and 2007 are on a list of players who tested positive for so-called PEDs, performance-enhancing drugs, in 2003.  The testing was part of a toe-dip-in-the-water for MLB to see if baseball did indeed have a drug problem, as if Jose Cansceco’s biceps weren’t enough of a signal.  More than 100 of its players tested positive.  Those players names were supposed to remain private, but we humans like public executions, so names continue to trickle-out and will continue to do so.

The Steroids Era of baseball has been dated from 1992 to 2006.  Sure it hurts the (perhaps) non-cheaters like Ken Griffey, Jr., but as the years progress, does it bother you so much anymore?  I could really care less.  The playing field was essentially level since everyone was gobbling down testicular-shrinking drugs like the governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Yes, the stat heads have objections, as the Steroids Era of baseball is full of inflated numbers, and baseball has always been a wondeful home for statistical comparison and analysis.  Surely Bill James and his followers can come up with some sort of algorithm that would rectify the situation and piss-off dodo head Joe Morgan.




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