Former Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez was suspended for 50 games in 2009 for violating baseball's drug policy while with the Dodgers and again for 100 games at the start of the 2011 season while with the Rays. Ramirez retired rather than serve the 100-game suspension, but then decided to attempt a comeback in 2012. His suspension was cut to 50 games, and he played briefly before being released by the A’s in June of 2012.
. Ramirez denied taking any performance-enhancing drug in 2009, blaming the failed test on prescribed medication that he did not know contained a banned substance. He released this statement: "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. I want to apologize to Mr.McCourt, Mrs. McCourt, Mr. Torre, my teammates, the Dodger organization, and to the Dodger fans. L.A. is a special place to me and I know everybody is disappointed. So am I. I'm sorry about this whole situation."
That was merely the tip of the iceberg. Ramirez was also linked with Ortiz as having tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003.