|Times: Ortiz, Manny among those who failed drug test in '03|
Written by Bjoern Hartig (Contact & Archive) on July 30, 2009
According to lawyers who spoke to the The New York Times, and whose names were not revealed, David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez are on the list of 104 players who tested positive in Major League Baseball's 2003 survey testing for performance-enhancing drugs, testing that was agreed to and conducted only on the condition that the results would remain anonymous.
Earlier Thursday, prior to posting of the story on the newspaper's Web site, Ortiz responded to questions about the 2003 tests by telling a Times reporter, "I'm not talking about that anymore. I have no comment."
Ortiz had recently expressed opinions about how baseball should treat players founds to be in violation of the drug policy that went into effect in 2004. During Spring Training, Ortiz proposed that even first-time offenders be banned for a year, not the 50 games called for by the policy.
"I would suggest everybody get tested, not random, everybody. You go team by team," Ortiz had also said. "You test everybody three, four times a year and that's about it.
"I think you clean up the game by the testing. I know that if I test positive by using any kind of substance, I know that I'm going to disrespect my family, the game, the fans and everybody, and I don't want to be facing that situation."
Here is the list of player whom I would be surprised to find out they took PED at this point: -