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Manny Ramirez has already been drug tested at Triple-A

Jul 11, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

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Manny Ramirez has been with the Rangers’ Triple-A team for less than a week, but Jeff Wilson of the Forth Worth Star Telegram reports that he’s already undergone a random drug test.

According to Wilson all players on the Triple-A team who weren’t on the 40-man roster underwent testing, including Ramirez. Wilson hints that the timing of the “random” test seems curious, but Rangers general manager Jon Daniels declined to comment about that.

Through four games Ramirez has gone 3-for-12 with a homer and three walks, posting a .900 OPS.

  1. beavertonsteve - Jul 11, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Strangely he passed the drug test, but results also indicated he may be pregnant.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 11, 2013 at 2:09 PM

      Holy shnigget!! I was about to make that exact same joke!!

      Well done!

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 11, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    “random”

  3. Stiller43 - Jul 11, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    “Wilson hints that the timing of the “random” test seems curious,…”

    It can be curious all it wants, if nobodys using, then your team (and no particular 40 year olds on it) has nothing to worry about.

  4. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 11, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Why is this surprising at all? I understand the implication here is that they were specifically targeting one player, but shouldn’t that be policy anyways? When I get a new job, the FIRST thing they do, even before they have me fill out any paperwork, is pass a drug test. This is standard practice for any employer who drug tests, and it should be standard practice for MLB as well. Forget this random nonsense, you get hired, you get tested. Random tests should then follow, you know, randomly. The more I learn of the MLB drug testing policy, the more I wonder how anyone gets busted at all.

    • paperlions - Jul 11, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      Yep. EVERYONE is tested in ST. If a guy is signed after ST, shouldn’t a drug test be part of the “physical” he must pass for the contract to be approved?

  5. sdelmonte - Jul 11, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    I ask this again: if you have failed a drug test, are you subject to more tests when you come back?

    And seeing as how minor leaguers are not part of the CBA, can the owners test as often as they want?

    • paperlions - Jul 11, 2013 at 3:26 PM

      Players are not supposed to be tested more if they have failed a test, but people have questioned just how “random” MLBs random tests are…..including players that (e.g. Bautista) who say they have been tested much more often since they started showing more power than they were before.

      All players on the 40 man roster are part of the CBA, whether in the minors or not. I am not sure what the MiLB policy is (which was not bargained but unilaterally imposed by MLB). It is probably part of standard MiLB contracts…whatever it is.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 11, 2013 at 5:18 PM

        Yeah…I also vividly remember A.P. mentioning the number of times he was tested during one summer a few years back. And it was numerous times.

    • jwbiii - Jul 11, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      From the Joint Drug Agreement:
      “3.C.1.a In the event that either Party [MLB, the player, or the IPA] has information that gives it reasonable cause to believe that a Player has, in the previous 12 month period, engaged in the use, possession, sale or distribution of a Performance Enhancing Substance (including hGH) or Stimulant, the Party shall provide the other party, either orally or in writing, with a description of its information (“Reasonable Cause Notification”), and the Player will subject to immediate urine and/or blood specimen collection, or a program of testing, as determined by the IPA [Independent Program Administrator], to commence no later than 48 hours after the Reasonable Cause Notification was provided.”

      Paragraph 3.C.2.a Reads the same for drugs of abuse.

      I’m assuming that Tim Lincecum has passed more drug tests than the average race horse.

      I’m also assuming that Jose Bautista, if he was tested as often as he claimed he was, failed a test for a drug of abuse (marijuana) or amphetamines. A first time failure for amphetamines does not result in a suspension or disclosure.

      I have no problem with testing players at the beginning of ST or when they take their physical in the case of a mid-season signing.

  6. tjg25 - Jul 11, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Random testing. Lol.

  7. midjerseyfatcat - Jul 11, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    They always test the guy with the biggest hat size first on the team. Manny wears a size 13. He’ll be gone before the end of summer.

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