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'New York Times' Links Ramirez and Ortiz to Doping List

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

'New York Times' Links Ramirez and Ortiz to Doping List

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The New York Times has revealed that two of the biggest stars, past and present, from winning Boston Red Sox teams -- Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz -- were among about 100 major league players to test positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003.

The Times Co., of course, is part owner of the Red Sox, although it is seeking to sell.

The Boston Globe, also owned by the Times Co., now leads with story at top of its site. It quickly put up a video with longtime Red Sox beat reporter/columnist Dan Shaughnessy discussing it, calling it "devastating to Red Sox fans." The Boston Herald did not feature it as prominently at the start, then gave it major play.

A Times Web story today cites "lawyers with knowledge of the results" as a source for the information."

"Some of baseball's most cherished storylines of the past decade have been tainted by performance-enhancing drugs, including the accomplishments of record-setting home run hitters and dominating pitchers," the story by Michael S. Schmidt stated. …

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