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Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz Tested Positive for Performance-Enhancing Drugs in 2003

Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz

It was revealed today by the New York Times that Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz were named on the famous 2003 list of over 100 names that tested positive for steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. This is the same list that has named Alex Rodriguez and Sammy Sosa.

Manny was already suspended 50 games earlier this season for violating baseball’s drug policy, but the big shocker comes in the form of Boston’s hero, David Ortiz. Ortiz had been the subject of speculation, especially due to his sudden decline in production this season. Manny and Ortiz were of course apart of Boston’s World Series championship teams in 2004 and 2007 and now such great accomplishments will be tarnished and scrutinized in the sports world.

My Take: The names keep falling and there is no end in sight. The Boston/New England sports world keeps taking a step back. Starting with Spygate in 2007 and now we have our two most recent World Series championships tainted by performance-enhancing drugs. Who will be the next name to be made public from this 2003 list? Only time will tell.

Are you shocked that David Ortiz was on the 2003 list of those who tested positive for PEDs?

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14 comments for “Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz Tested Positive for Performance-Enhancing Drugs in 2003”

  1. I can’t say I’m shocked. David Ortiz is lovable, but the fact is he was a nobody in Minnesota, came to the Red Sox and became a legend, and in the past few years (which happened to coincide with more stringent PED testing) his numbers have fallen way off.

    What’s most sad about this is that the thing he does best, hitting in the clutch, probably has nothing to do with PED’s. It takes a certain type of person to perform in the clutch and now that will be mostly forgotten because of the way he did it.

    I’ve soured on baseball over the past few years, partly because of this rampant cheating, so it just doesn’t surprise me anymore.

    Posted by Jeff Christenbury | July 30, 2009, 2:46 pm
  2. [...] Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz Tested Positive for Performance-Enhancing Drugs in 2003 [...]

    Posted by David Ortiz and Steroids? A Firm No | Sports of Boston | July 30, 2009, 3:00 pm
  3. The Red Sox should have to hand over their trophies from 2004 and 2007 and give them to a team that didn’t have any steroid users.

    Which team would that be? Someone please let me know if you can find one, and then I’ll try to care.

    Posted by Dan Davis | July 30, 2009, 3:01 pm
  4. Even as a huge Sox fan, I am glad Ortiz was busted for being the cheater that he is.

    I will throw a party the day Pujols is found guilty.

    Posted by Pete | July 30, 2009, 3:45 pm
  5. [...] Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz Tested Positive for Performance-Enhancing Drugs in 2003 [...]

    Posted by Ortiz Homers, Sox Blast A’s 8-5 | Sports of Boston | July 30, 2009, 6:43 pm
  6. [...] Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz Tested Positive for Performance-Enhancing Drugs in 2003 [...]

    Posted by Ortiz Steroids Report: All Too Familiar | Sports of Boston | July 30, 2009, 7:03 pm
  7. Tarnished? No. Just glad that the names are coming out.

    For the 100+ players who tested positive, another 500 probably got away. It’s just another era of baseball.

    Posted by Dave | July 30, 2009, 9:14 pm
  8. [...] Rumored Leak of 2003 Steroid List is Most Likely Fake By Pete in Featured, Rumors ⋅ June 30, 2009 at 3:36pm ⋅ Post a comment Update, (07/30/09): Ortiz, Manny named on 2003 list [...]

    Posted by Rumored Leak of 2003 Steroid List is Most Likely Fake | Sports of Boston | July 31, 2009, 5:08 am
  9. [...] Sox ⋅ July 31, 2009 at 5:32am ⋅ Post a comment Former Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo, a 2003 teammate of David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez, would not be surprised to discover his name was on the list of 104 players who tested positive for [...]

    Posted by Arroyo Wouldn’t Be Surprised if He’s on 2003 Steroids List | Sports of Boston | July 31, 2009, 5:32 am
  10. [...] Canseco thinks Major League Baseball has a bigger problem on their hands than active players like Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz being busted for steroids. He alleges that a current Baseball Hall-of-Famer used the juice. “When you tell me something [...]

    Posted by Canseco: Current Hall-of-Famer Used Steroids | Sports of Boston | July 31, 2009, 6:02 am
  11. [...] Both former employees told investigators they knew nothing of steroid use by Red Sox players including Manny Ramirz and Ortiz, even though both tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003. [...]

    Posted by 2 Employees Fired in 2008: Red Sox Steroids Scandal? | Sports of Boston | August 2, 2009, 1:13 pm
  12. [...] After the alleged positive test in 2003, Ortiz acknowledged he met with the MLB Player’s Association in 2004 and was told he was on a list seized by the federal government, but was never told he tested positive for anything, especially steroids, which is why he said he was “surprised” when he was tied to the infamous list last Thursday. [...]

    Posted by David Ortiz Steroids Press Conference Recap | Sports of Boston | August 8, 2009, 1:24 pm
  13. [...] David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, Alex Rodriguez, and Sammy Sosa were some of the names that have been leaked to journalists. The original tests were to be voluntary, anonymous, and were to be used to see if more then five percent of players were using banned performance enhancing drugs. [...]

    Posted by Baseball’s 2003 Steroids List Taken Illegally | Sports of Boston | August 27, 2009, 8:17 pm
  14. Nice but i think something is missing.

    Posted by hoodia | August 28, 2009, 4:59 pm

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