|Ramirez latest Boras client caught in steroids racket|
Written by Daniel Paulling (Contact & Archive) on May 08, 2009
Manny Ramirez reportedly tested positive for hCG, which is a women's fertility drug. Steroid users - I'm not calling Manny one, but his stats should be taken with a grain of salt - use this after finishing a cycle of steroids because it boosts their body's natural production of testosterone.
Ramirez is the latest Boras client caught in this steroids problem in major league baseball. From Michael O'Keeffe of the New York Daily News:
Manny Ramirez is just the latest Major League Baseball player represented by superagent Scott Boras to be linked to performance-enhancing drugs:
Barry Bonds: Former Boras client was indicted on perjury and obstruction of justice charges for allegedly lying to BALCO grand jury when he testified that he never knowingly used steroids.
Kevin Brown: Mitchell Report says former Yankee pitcher put Boras' headquarters as a return address when he overnighted cash to steroid supplier Kirk Radomski.
Eric Gagne: Three days after Boras helps closer land $10 million contract with Milwaukee Brewers, Mitchell Report is released and says Gagne bought human growth hormone in 2004.
Scott Schoeneweis: Former Mets reliever received six shipments of steroids from Signature Pharmacy, target of Albany Internet drug investigation.
Rick Ankiel: Daily News reported in 2007 that Cardinals' pitcher-turned-outfielder received 12-month supply of human growth hormone from Signature Pharmacy.
Ron Villone: Former Yankee pitcher bought three kits of growth hormone from Radomski, according to Mitchell Report.
Ivan Rodriguez: Jose Canseco says in his book "Juiced" that he taught All-Star catcher all about steroids when they were teammates in Texas.
Gary Sheffield: Former Boras client told BALCO grand jury he unknowingly used steroids.
Alex Rodriguez: A-Rod admitted using steroids after Sports Illustrated reported in February that he tested positive during 2003 survey testing.
This is probably nothing more than a coincidence. Boras represents the best players in the game, because those are the players who provide the biggest payday. It just so happens that the best players in the major leagues happen to use steroids or other performance-enhancing substances.
I doubt Boras' history with clients caught in the steroids racket means anything, but it is an interesting fact to keep in mind.