The huge David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez story breaking today was the work of Michael Schmidt of the New York Times. Schmidt has recently penned stories on the juicing of Sammy Sosa, David Ortiz, and Manny Ramirez. He appears to be on a hot streak. To Editor and Publisher:
In June, he broke the story that slugger Sammy Sosa was on the infamous list of 100 baseball players to test positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003.
Today, he added two more names -- Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz -- to the list in a bombshell story that already has Boston Red Sox beat writers talking.
A former Times news clerk who first came to the paper in 2005, he freelanced for a year and returned in 2007 as an "intermediate" reporter. His beat: off-the-field news. Translated: steroids and other bad stuff.
"I had a duty to look into it," he says of his success in finding three of the biggest names on the list. "I had to at least put in the effort."
Schmidt set out with a plan to track down the 2003 list...here is one more excerpt, with the remiader on the web sire:
Schmidt says he increased his pursuit of the 2003
list after Sports Illustrated in February revealed that Alex Rodriguez
was one of the names. "After that, people would always ask me 'when is
the list going to come out?'" he recalls. "I never had a good answer. I
started to realize there was a real interest people had in this."