As Manny Ramirez sits out his 50 games, ESPN broke down how MLB Manny Ramirez’s failed steroid test, as explained by the monolith. The testing in question came from a urine sample that Ramirez provided during spring training.
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.
[P]er the drug-testing policy, MLB requested all of Ramirez’s medical records, including those from doctors he might have consulted outside of MLB.
From those records, MLB found that Ramirez had been prescribed human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG), the fertility drug that’s been known to reboot the male body’s testosterone production. No, it isn’t a steroid, but it’s on MLB’s banned substances list. At that point, Ramirez was dead to rights.
The call has been put out by some to slap Ramirez with a lifetime ban, akin to Shoeless Joe Jackson or Pete Rose. One such cry came from Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, who’s ready to march to the commissioner’s office, torch and pitchfork in tow:
MLB must stop this assault on its game by the drug-using narcissists intent on ruining it. The slow burn of star after shamed star will come to roost unless MLB saves itself by doing what it should have so long ago.
Banish the cheats.
Stop the assault? Steroids are the only reason a lot of people even know baseball is still around. The game can’t make front page news without steroids. Baseball has ridden the steroid wave to the box office, to the front pages of media outlets, and to the lead on today’s SportsCenter (seriously, why would I give a rat’s ass about Roger Clemens today?! Because of some random book? I thought I was watching a SC rerun from 2002).
The steroid scandal hasn’t done much harm to baseball, other than give a platform to the moralist sportswriting sect, retaliating at dickhead athletes who were too busy to answer their stupid questions in the clubhouse (why else is anyone talking about Clemens?). Not to sound biased or anything, but steroids have saved this game. So you had to burn your record book to get people back to the ballpark. Is that so bad?