1) A private physician gave
Are busted ballplayers the unluckiest people in the world or what? Rogue doctors slipping them banned substances, rogue trainers concocting elaborate lies or disguising steroids as flaxseed or topical balm, tainted supplements, a bust upon the first and only time they even tried the stuff, the drive to get back in the lineup as quickly as possible (not, of course, to enhance performance), being young and naïve and at the mercy of helpful cousins ... geez, what a shame these extraordinary events keep happening to just about every ballplayer caught using banned drugs.
Of course, Ramirez didn't bother to explain himself in person, leaving that responsibility to his handlers in a brief, canned statement. In that statement, Ramirez actually said, "I have been advised not to say anything more for now," as if he were under some legal gag order.
So go ahead, you can believe Ramirez's explanation makes perfect sense: in this post-Mitchell Report, tightened-testing culture, a doctor gave him a notorious testosterone booster and Manny, in the legacy-building phase of a prolific career, dutifully took the stuff thinking everything was legit. Sure, it's possible. But you should also know that HCG, his drug of choice, has been banned by the IOC for about 20 years as a notorious agent to lessen the side effects of steroids. Steroid users typically take the stuff three weeks after an injection.
2) It might seem harsh that Arizona canned manager
If Arizona is going to make any kind of move in the NL West, it must do so in the next two months while the Dodgers don't have Ramirez. And the worst fate that can befall a franchise is to drop out of the race before the school year ends and the peak summer drawing period is at hand. So GM
3. That was a very impressive home-run daily double by