Tampa Bay outfielder Manny Ramirez, confronted with a second positive PED test, retired in April and missed the final 156 games of the season. Ramirez wants to play next year, and under an agreement this month between MLB and the players’ association he will be suspended for the first 50 games of next season. Ramirez, then with the Los Angeles Dodgers, was suspended for 50 games in May 2009 for his initial violation.
In addition, Milwaukee pitcher Mark Rogers was suspended for 25 games in August for a positive test for a banned stimulant.
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, the former Brewers owner, has repeatedly said the sport has cleaned up in the last few years, toughening its testing rules.
“It’s the strongest program today in America sports,” he said last month when management and players agreed to a new labor contract that includes for the first time blood testing for human growth hormone when players arrive for spring training next year.
“One of the things that really gives me great pride.”
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