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Is this news shocking anymore?Posted Friday, July 31, 2009, at 9:25 AM
So, apparently, another Major League Baseball star has been implicated in the ongoing steroids saga.
It's been only a couple of days since a report surfaced that David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez both tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs six years ago while they were teammates with the Boston Red Sox.
Ramirez has since left the organization and now plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Earlier this year, he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and served a 50-game (sort of) suspension.
Thursday afternoon, the Red Sox faced Oakland, coming away with an 8-5 win. In the game, In Thursday's victory, Ortiz hit a go-ahead home run for Boston.
But following the game, no one was asking him about his day. Reporters were asking about the confirmation of the 2003 positive test.
According to a statement by Ortiz, he had been informed by the Major League Baseball Players' Union that the positive test was in fact true.
Ortiz said he was "surprised" to learn of the positive test. He said the news, "blindsided" him.
How did he not already know this? Can someone really say they were "blindsided" by news like this?
Ortiz has never been linked to steroid use before, but his numbers ballooned to superstar status after he joined the Red Sox. Before joining Boston, Ortiz played with the Minnesota Twins and never hit more than 20 homers in a season.
In 2003, Ortiz joined the Red Sox as a platoon player. By July 1 that year, he had only four home runs. But after that date, he had 27 to finish with 31 on the season.
Following that, Ortiz had seasons of 41, 47 and 54 homers, making him one of the game's greatest sluggers.
But in 2008, Ortiz had only 23 home runs. So far this year, he has just 14.
Unfortunately, whether he took something and didn't realize it would come up positive or not, it doesn't matter anymore. Some fans have put on the blinders regarding this issue.
And yet, it seems like about every month, another player is being implicated in this ongoing scandal.
Before the season began, Alex Rodriguez' name surfaced as a player who tested positive in the 2003 testing. During that season, MLB officials conducted random testing and the results were supposed to be under court seal. However, one by one, names keep coming out.
In addition to Rodriguez, "Slammin'" Sammy Sosa's name surfaced as well as Ortiz and Ramirez. There were more than 100 players who tested positive that year, with only a handful of names surfacing so far.
On Thursday, Chicago White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen said it best when he said the entire list should be released so players, managers and teams can get back to playing and coaching baseball and not have to continue to give answers to the same questions.
Other players have been implicated in recent years, such as Rafael Palmeiro (finger waving), Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens.
Whether or not these players that continue to be "outed" took something that was illegal or not, it no longer matters in the eyes of the public.
To the majority, it's another player who went out of their way to gain an edge over the others.
It's too bad, really, because there are so many players in professional baseball who don't take performance-enhancing drugs.
Take former Northview High School standout Brady Shoemaker as an example.
He was drafted by the White Sox this year and has erupted.
Brazil Times' Sports Editor Carey Fox reported Thursday that Shoemaker was hitting .415.
Shoemaker's numbers and performance so far is a testament to what talent really is all about. He's proving he doesn't need the "extra help."
Shoemaker is like hundreds of other players, working their way through the minor league systems of professional teams just waiting for the opportunity to don a major league uniform.
Players like Shoemaker deserve the respect players like Ortiz, Ramirez, Bonds, Clemens, Sosa, and so on and so on, should no longer receive. They had their chance. They decided to cheat the game. Cheat the fans. Just plain cheat.
Shoemaker, and many others on the other hand, are doing it right. They play the game the way it's supposed to be played.
But, as Guillen said Thursday, this is getting ridiculous.
Which player will be "outed" next?