Manny Ramirez: The Outfielder was suspended for 50 days in on May 7, 2009 as a member of the Dodgers for violating the MLB performance-enhancing drugs policy. He tested positive for chorionic gonadatropin (HCG), typically a drug women take for fertility issues. But the drug is also known to be taken by male steroid users in order to restart their body's natural production of testosterone. He faced a second suspension as a member of the Rays on April 9, 2011, for another positive test, but retired from MLB when faced with a 100-game suspension.
The Story: In February 2005 Canseco released his autobiography and steroid tell-all, Juiced , Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big. In it he described himself as 'the chemist' having experimented on himself for years. He claimed to have educated and personally injected many players including Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro, Juan Gonzalez, Ivan Rodriguez, and Jason Giambi. In his second book, Vindicated , Canseco added Magglio Ordonez to the list of players he had educated and injected with steroids. He also said he introduced Alex Rodriguez to a trainer/PED supplier after Rodriguez had asked where he could get steroids.
Pitchers' trips to the disabled list increased by percent and their length of stays by percent from 1992 to 1999, according to a paper that appeared in the American Journal of Sports Medicine in 2001 (current San Francisco Giants trainer Stan Conte was the lead author). The increase outpaced the growth in player rosters during that time as baseball expanded from 26 to 30 teams ( percent increase). In testimony before Congress in 2002, Rob Manfred, an MLB executive vice president who oversees the drug testing program, told lawmakers that from 1998 to 2001 there was a 16 percent increase in major leaguers' trips to the disabled list and a 20 percent increase in the length of stays on the list. Those increases were accompanied by a change in the types of injuries that was consistent with steroid use, Manfred said.