Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Still think Manny's innocent?

If you are one of the Manny apologists (a close cousin to the Clemens apologists, the Bonds apologists, ARod's, etc.), once you finish reading this from uber-detectives TJ Quinn and Mark Fainaru-Wada, you'll realize there was more to Manny than all natural talent:

The story of how Manny Ramirez was nabbed by baseball's drug-testing policy is rooted as much in the language of the collective bargaining agreement as it is in the fact that the Los Angeles Dodgers' slugger had synthetic testosterone in his body when he was tested this past spring.

Ultimately, Ramirez was brought down by his own private medical records -- records that the Major League Baseball Players' Association turned over on his behalf, as required under the sport's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The test came back showing elevated levels of testosterone. Every individual naturally produces testosterone and a substance called epitestosterone, typically at a ratio of 1:1. In Major League Baseball, if the ratio comes in at 4:1 during testing, a player is flagged. In Ramirez's case, his ratio was between 4:1 and 10:1, according to one source.
Read on and you'll learn how Manny and his reps (read: Boras & Co.) planned to argue that the positive test was caused from a legal supplement similar to Andro (so why is it legal anyway?)... except the supplement --DHEA-- can't cause a positive test for synthetic testosterone. Whoops.

The stuff Manny ultimately tested positive for --hCG-- can't cause the positive test for synthetic testosterone, either. Double-whoops.
The synthetic testosterone in Ramirez's body could not have come from the hCG, according to doping experts, and so suddenly Ramirez had two drugs to answer for. Worse still for the ballplayer, MLB now had a document showing he had been prescribed a banned substance. This was iron-clad evidence that could secure a 50-game suspension.
Enjoy your time off, Manny. The LA fans will rejoice when you return.


ditmars1929 said...

Normally, I would have some sort of wise-ass comment, but Manny is so far beyond stupid that I just don't know what to say.

JoeOrange31 said...

Ditmars may be above a wise-ass comment, but I AM NOT!!!!!

I don't know about the mood in the Dodger dugout, but if Manny is having a particularly bad day, think anyone will ask him if he's on his period? :)

There is no limit to the great jokes that can be made at his expense because of it. I am surprised that Pedroia or Schilling haven't facilitated those jokes already!