According to a report by Michael S. Schmidt in The New York Times, David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez tested positive for banned substances in 2003, acording to lawyers familiar with the test results. I would lying if I found this news surprising, and not just because Ramirez recently tested positive for another banned substance. I would also be hypocritical if I did not object to the continued release of names from the 2003 tests. There is no way they should have been released, and MLB and the MLBPA should be ashamed, if not outright sued, for failing to adequately safeguard the names of those who tested positive. There is absolutely no reason why all names should not have been excluded from any and all test results, disassociated from any numbers or names on samples, then simply checked off a list of players to be tested. The release of names has been a disgrace, and strikes me as illegally releasing information the rights to which are currently contested.
I’ll add this, and not for nothing: I genuinely feel bad for the good Red Sox fans I know–Joe the Statistician Magician, Steve from The Boston Red Sox Blog, and Dan from Fans on the Field. They don’t deserve such bad news, and have never struck me as haters as are some among the Red Sox (and Yankees) fan base. Believe me when I say this is not something in which I revel.
That said, how do those Red Sox fans feel who wrongly claimed that the Red Sox won “clean” championships in 2004 and 2007, while the Yankees’ championships of the 1996-2000 era were tainted? For that sanctimonious segment of the fan base, who also reveled in A-Rod’s admission of steroid use, this should serve as a long-overdue wake-up call that steroids have been rife throughout the game, used by players on most if not all major-league teams. I never believed otherwise.
Nor do I doubt this revelation about Ortiz and Ramirez. While I think it was wrong for those who spilled the beans to do so, these charges and others including those in The Mitchell Report have largely been proven true. So I believe with Ortiz and Ramirez, the latter of whom looks particularly stupid for multiple positive tests several years apart.