Tainted Ramirez, Rodriguez on Hall Ballot With Guerrero
NEW YORK (AP) — Steroids-tainted stars Manny Ramirez and Ivan Rodriguez are on baseball's Hall of Fame ballot for the first time along with Vladimir Guerrero.
Jeff Bagwell is the top holdover on the 2017 Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot after falling 15 votes short of the required 75 percent in 2016 voting.
Ramirez was suspended for 50 games in 2009 while with the Los Angeles Dodgers for using a banned female fertility drug. He retired in 2011 rather than face a 100-game suspension after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. He applied for reinstatement that December. His suspension for the second failed test was cut from 100 games to 50 because he sat out nearly all of the 2011 season.
Ramirez did not play in the majors again, although he did appear at Triple-A from 2012-14.
Rodriguez was never disciplined for PEDs. In a 2005 book, former Texas teammate Jose Canseco alleged he injected the catcher with steroids.