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2 Employees Fired in 2008: Red Sox Steroids Scandal?

Red Sox Steroids Scandal

According to a Boston Globe report, MLB opened an investigation into performance-enhancing drug use during the 2008 season after two security employees were fired for steroid use. Despite investigating a possible scandal, MLB apparently didn’t investigate enough. What did they miss?

Well, apparently one of the two laid off employees claimed to have exchanged steroids advice with David Ortiz’s friend and personal assistant. It doesn’t necessarily implicate Ortiz, but something fishy was definitely going on.

“I’m sure they were hoping I didn’t know anything,’’ said Jared Remy, one of the security staffers who lost his job. “It’s like they didn’t want to know. It’s like: Do we really want to know or do we just want it to go away?’’

Both former employees told investigators they knew nothing of steroid use by Red Sox players including Manny Ramirez and Ortiz, even though both tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003.

MLB started its investigation after the other security guard, Nicholas Alex Cyr, fell asleep at the wheel after driving home from the Beckett Bowl last July. State police found a quarter-full brown bottle of Anadrol, a powerful steroid. Once officials discovered he worked for the Red Sox, the investigation began. The main question (Where did these steroids come from?) was never asked, and never answered.

Instead of policing the problem, though, MLB cared more about its image. The Globe article explains it best:

But it also can be read – as it is by some specialists who study steroid abuse and the men who lost their jobs – as an indication that big-league baseball is focused more on its public image than on aggressively policing its players.

Major League Baseball defended its investigation as “thorough and detailed’’ and said that it led to further “investigative activities’’ that it would not disclose. The league would not say whether Ortiz or Ramírez were interviewed in the case.

“The contents of these interviews and the results of the investigation, like all department of investigations activities, are confidential,’’ MLB said in a statement.

Remy, the other employee, was interviewed in connection with the investigation. He claimed that major league officials didn’t ask much about his association with Ortiz’s trainer.

“They didn’t ask much at all; they wanted to make it disappear,’’ he said.

Remy claimed that he used to discuss steroid use with Ortiz’s salaried personal assistant, Felix Leopoldo Marquez Galice (known affectionately as Monga).

“He admitted taking steroids. We had conversations about steroids,’’ said Remy.

“We’d talk, ‘This one works for that. This one makes you bulky. This one makes you harder,’ ’’ Remy recalled.

Marquez’s lawyer, Thomas Kerner, disputed that account. “I have no idea on the credibility of Jared Remy, but my client has told me that he has no involvement in steroids.’’

So, what connection, if any, did these staffers have with David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, and other players? Was David Ortiz’s friend and confidant a steroid user, despite claims he was not? So many questions, not many answers…

Reaction: What can we all learn from this? Major League Baseball is horribly embarrassed by the steroids scandal that currently grips the sport. They send out people to do a half-assed investigation just to see if there’s something wrong. Despite knowing little or nothing about the case, the Red Sox fired the employees for connection to steroids. Instead of investigating the problem further, the team and league just tried to make it go away.

In the sports world especially, where there’s smoke, there’s fire. In this case, we could have a raging inferno. We may never know…

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6 comments for “2 Employees Fired in 2008: Red Sox Steroids Scandal?”

  1. “This one makes you harder” Remy recalled. What? Are they giving baseball players…Viagra?

    On a more serious note, there’s so much going on, it’s going to be very difficult for the outsiders to piece this thing together. Especially since we have, I-want-steroids-in-MLB-Selig at the helm. Too many coverups and too many missed penalties/explanations for inaction.

    All roads lead to money. I think the theory that baseball was losing its luster and steroids/more home runs brought the fans back into the game is increasingly gaining more merit in my book. It would also explain why the PED-rules were so lax, i.e. non-existent (and also why most of the penalties have been non-existent). Selig and MLB corporate should just own up to the the truth; the fans will respect the sport more, rather than it be shrouded in doubt and accusations like it is now.

    Posted by Chris | August 2, 2009, 9:14 pm
  2. More positive press for Boston sports.

    Seriously, when is it all going to stop? America’s pasttime has become a walking joke. You literally can’t trust one single player. The steroid problem is crippling a once great sport and as far as we know, the problem won’t ever go away. Every home run hit will be scrutinized and no record will be trusted.

    I am getting to a point where I don’t want to watch the game anymore. What’s the point in watching a game full of cheaters and drug abusers?

    I am sick to my stomach.

    Posted by Pete | August 3, 2009, 12:56 am
  3. Selig definitely enjoyed the money…but the Players Union (specifically Donald Fehr and others) may be most to blame. The players stood to make a ton of money too, and better stats meant more money in a fattening baseball economy.

    As far as the steroids mess goes…the MLB really showed how not to handle it. They screwed up most steps of the way, and had they hit the problem head on at first, we wouldn’t be in this position. But, it all goes back to Selig needed to cut a deal to save baseball from a strike, which means the Players Union needs to be appeased. Give me a break.

    As far as it baseball being tarnished by steroid use? You bet it is. But, I really think when they finally release the full list, we might be able to close one of the darkest chapters in baseball history.

    What I don’t understand is why other sports get a free pass with drug/steroids use? Will Rodney Harrison make the Hall of Fame? You bethca…despite the HGH connection. Will Shawne Merriman be seen as a feared defensive presence once again, assuming he plays? Yes, despite his own steroid use. HGH use is rampant in football I bet…but the issue isn’t even broached.

    Random side note: Despite the Globe making no real mention to it…Jared Remy happens to be Jerry Remy’s son, according to reports.

    Posted by KC | August 3, 2009, 5:43 am
  4. Interesting connection to Remy. I wondered if he was related or if it was just a coincidence.

    Posted by Chris | August 3, 2009, 9:34 pm
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  6. I’ll tell you what we can learn: MLB is out to protect it’s precious franchise, the Boston Roid Sox and their (so they thought @ the time) squeaky clean reputation. If this was in NY, there is NO WAY MLB would have kept the lid on it for a year.

    Posted by JS | August 6, 2009, 11:10 am

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