It’s interesting to note that the MLBPA’s statement regarding the Ramirez suspension reads:
The Commissioner's Office announced today that Manny Ramirez has been suspended for 50 games under Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. That suspension was issued pursuant to Section 8.G.2 of the Program.
When looking at the Joint Drug Agreement (read in PDF), Section 8.G.2 reads:
G. Other Violations
1. For purposes of the penalties in Sections 8.B and 8.C above, a positive test result reported prior to the first 2006 spring training voluntary reporting date shall not be considered in determining the number of times that a Player has tested positive under the Program.
2. A Player may be subjected to disciplinary action for just cause by the Commissioner for any Player violation of Section 2 above not referenced in Section 8.A through 8.F above.
The press release from the Commissioner’s Office does not say Manny tested positive for PEDs, just that he was in violation of the drug policy.
With Section 8 G.2 referenced, it is very possible that Ramirez has been suspended for hGH – a substance that there is yet no test for, but is in violation of the Drug policy. The fact that Section G is a catch-all – an “Other” selection at the discretion of the Commissioner, hGH is a logical guess as to what Ramirez has been suspended for.
A big thanks goes to Will Carroll for a phone conversation on this topic.
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