Per his usual, Jose Canseco called it:
In an appearance at USC last month, Jose Canseco said Ramirez's name "is most likely, 90%" on a list of 104 players that failed a drug test in 2003. The players were promised anonymity for taking tests in 2003; Rodriguez is the only player that has been identified among that group.
Ramirez laughed when Times columnist Kurt Streeter relayed Canseco's allegation to him.
"I got no comment, nothing to say about that," Ramirez told Streeter. "What can I say? I don't even know the guy."
Is it fair to say that Jose has more credibility than anyone in professional sports right at this moment? It is, right?
Anyway: Pierre. Get him. He's stolen at least 40 bases in each of the past eight seasons. Even if you don't need the steals, he's a trade chip. Go. Do it.
Update, 12:45 pm EDT: OK, here's more from MLB.com ...
LOS ANGELES -- Major League Baseball suspended Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez for 50 games on Thursday for use of performance enhancing drugs.
Major League Baseball made an official announcement shortly after noon ET.
Ramirez, who turns 37 on May 30, will begin the suspension with Thursday night's Dodgers-Nationals game. He would be eligible to return around July 3, depending on rainouts.
Love that they let you know he has a birthday coming up. Useful information. I'll head over to GNC for a gift, then pick up a card.
The commissioner’s office didn’t announce the specific violation by the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder, who will lose about one-third of his $25 million salary.
“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,” Ramirez said in a statement issued by the players’ union.
“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. I do want to say one other thing; I’ve taken and passed about 15 drug tests over the past five seasons.”
Whatever. We're not here to judge. If your first loyalty is to your fantasy team, then you go get Pierre. And if you're in a head-to-head league, give this thing a few days and then make a play for Manny. September is the month that really matters in that format.
Clearly this is going to impact run-scoring in LA, but don't make a panicky move with someone like Andre Ethier(notes), even if you're convinced that his success is completely Ramirez-dependent. Again, Manny can return in early July. The idea is to buy when others panic, and sell when others are irrationally excited.
Update, 2:15 pm EDT: Speaking of excited. This story just keeps getting easier to explain to your kids ...
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