David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez Tested Positive PEDs: 2003 Doping List
David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003 and are among 104 major league baseball players included in a 2003 doping list.
David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez were teammates with the Boston Red Sox who led the team to World Series championships in 2004 and 2007.
When asked about the 2003 doping list, Ramirez' agent would comment on the allegation.
On Thursday in Boston, when Ortiz was asked about the 2003 drug test, he told The Times: "I'm not talking about that anymore," he said. "I have no comment."
Angels center fielder Torii Hunter, a longtime friend of Ortiz's, said he was shocked by the report.
"This hurts, this really hurts," Hunter told ESPN.com's Amy K. Nelson. "I don't know what to think about this. I guess you just never know what people do in the dark.
"I still love him but at the same time it's tough to hear that. I know it's going to be tough on him and tough on his family once this gets out. It's Big Papi, man, it's the Big Dog of Boston and he helped win two World Series with those guys, with the clutch hits. And now all those things are going to be tainted."
Ramirez' agent, Scott Boras, would not comment Thursday, according to The Times.
Later Thursday, David Ortiz issued the following public statement to the press:
Today I was informed by a reporter that I was on the 2003 list of MLB players to test positive for performance-enhancing substances. This happened right before our game, and the news blindsided me. I said I had no comment because I wanted to get to the bottom of this.
I want to talk about this situation and I will as soon as I have more answers. In the meantime I want to let you know how I am approaching this situation. One, I have already contacted the Players Association to confirm if this report is true. I have just been told that the report is true. Based on the way I have lived my life, I am surprised to learn I tested positive. Two, I will find out what I tested positive for. And, three, based on whatever I learn, I will share this information with my club and the public. You know me -- I will not hide and I will not make excuses.
I want to thank my family, the Red Sox, my teammates, and the fans for their patience and support.