If reports on the expanding list of offenders in the 2003 Baseball pilot doping/steroid study hold true, even more MLB history will need to be 'rewritten', asterisked, excised, or ignored. Reports ( Bloomberg, UPI) today say both David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez made the 2003 special pilot study steroid list.
The information came from unnamed lawyers who spoke to the newspaper Wednesday.
The 2003 survey contained a condition that the results would remain anonymous.
Ramirez and Ortiz were teammates with the Boston Red Sox when the tests were done the year Boston ended an 86-year streak in which it had not won a World Series.
Ramirez, now would appear to be a repeat offender. Ortiz, the Big Papi of the Red Sox, appeared to rejuvenate his career with the Red Sox following rather undistinguished years toiling within the Twins organization. Ortiz, who was suspected by many within the baseball community of bulking up to boost the numbers.
"I'm not talking about that anymore," Ortiz told the newspaper's Web site. "I have no comment."
One wonders why the biggest stars in the game did not take head of the testing...Sosa, Bonds, Ortiz, Ramirez. These were (operative word 'were') Cooperstown Hall of Fame shoe-ins, who are now reduced to drug cheats with good stats.
Ortiz and Ramirez led the Red Sox into the 2004 World Series, which now seems to be one more drug-infused charade.