Manny Ramirez hCG
Manny Ramirez, former Boston Red Sock, current LA Dodger, and president of the D-bag Hall of Fame is at it again. This time the guy gets suspended for 50 games for testing positive for human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), a female fertility drug. He was also found to have artificial elevated levels of testosterone in his bloodstream.
What is the significance of hCG?
Specifically, hCG is often used in post cycle therapy (PCT) when cycling off the juice. It basically helps to restore and maintain testosterone production, which is also useful for combating impotence (eg. hCG helps men who can’t ‘get it up’).
How does hCG work?
When various anabolic androgenic steroid (AAS) are put into the body, its natural negative-feedback loops cause the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis (HPGA) to shut down, which also shuts down production of testosterone.
The high levels of AAS mimic the body’s natural testosterone, which triggers the hypothalamus to shut down production of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), which in turn causes the pituitary glad to stop releasing luteinizing hormone (LH).
Under normal circumstances the LH travels to the testes, where is stimulates both production and release of testosterone. Obviously when there is no LH, there is no testosterone, and so the testes begin to atrophy.
When used by males, hCG acts just like LH to restore and facilitate natural testosterone production, and to reverse testicular atrophy. If used for too long or at too high a dose, hCG actually incurs its own natural-feedback loop, which begins again to shut down T production. That’s all you really need to know.
Why did Manny Ramirez take hCG?
He claims to have been prescribed the medicine by a doctor to treat a private health condition, but we can only speculate as to why he was really using it.
Considering that all he really wants to do is make money, Manny most likely wanted to use this season to impress the heck of the New York Yankees so that by next season (or maybe the trade deadline) he could collect a pinstripe-windfall.
During the 2009 off season Manny’s dramatic contract negotiations resulted in a $45 million, two-year contract that also allows Manny to void the second season in order to become a free agent again.
Impressing the Yankees
My own theory is that as soon as he joined the Dodgers last season, he immediately started juicing in order to spike his stats. If you recall, Manny was probably the best hitter in the league during his stint with the Dodgers last season, so if that was his plan, it worked.
During the 2009 off season he probably got juiced to the gills again, so that he could have an MVP 2009 season, void his contract with LA, and get about 400 million from the Yankees.
Per the drugs tests, he clearly had elevated levels of artificial testosterone in his body. That, coupled with the hCG, makes it pretty obvious what the guy was up to. Now that I think of it, he would be a perfect fit for the Yankees. ::cough:: A-Roid ::cough::
What does the future hold?
No one who has tested positive for steroids in MLB has been forgiven. Jason Giambi has had the most luck with his reputation when coming back from steroid use, but only because he told the truth about everything and apologized 100 times over.
I’m hoping Dodger fans will now realize what a scum sucker Manny is, and will never forgive him. I mean, as a person sure he can be forgiven. I already forgive him as a person. But as an intelligent professional MLB player, he should forever be shamed.
No professional baseball player in their right mind would dare to use a banned substance in these scandalous days of frequent testing and prolific suspensions. Manny should not be forgiven for having the monstrous ego that he must have, for even thinking he has the balls to use steroids in the steroid-era of professional sports.
Manny Ramirez, I wish you no harm, but I do hope you keep getting exactly what is coming to you.
Karma is a b*tch.
Read more about it at ESPN: Ramirez used fertility drug