Manny Ramirez an “Idiot” For Violating Baseball’s Drug Rules

Manny Ramirez as suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball on Thursday, becoming the latest high-profile player ensnared in the sport’s drug scandals.

Ken Rosenthal said today that Dodger slugger Manny Ramirez “had to be an idiot” for violating baseball’s drug rules.

Rosenthal has served as lead field reporter for Major League Baseball on FOX since 2005.

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From: RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer 

The Los Angeles Dodgers star said he did not take steroids and was prescribed medication by a doctor that contained a banned substance. The commissioner’s office didn’t announce the specific violation by the 36-year-old outfielder, who apologized to the Dodgers and fans for “this whole situation.”

“Recently, I saw a physician for a personal health issue. He gave me a medication, not a steroid, which he thought was OK to give me,” Ramirez said in a statement issued by the players’ union.

“Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy. Under the policy that mistake is now my responsibility. I have been advised not to say anything more for now. I do want to say one other thing; I’ve taken and passed about 15 drug tests over the past five seasons.”

The suspension began Thursday and barring any postponements Ramriez will be able to return to the Dodgers — who now have the best record in baseball — for the July 3 game at San Diego. Ramirez will lose about $7.65 million of his $25 million salary.

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He’ll ride the pine…

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