Tainted Ramirez, Ro­driguez on Hall bal­lot with Guer­rero

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NEW YORK >> 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 34-player bal­lot an­nounced Mon­day. He fell 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, and 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.

Roger Cle­mens and Barry Bonds, also tainted by steroids al­le­ga­tions, are on the bal­lot for the fifth time. Af­ter a change on vot­ing el­i­gi­bil­ity rules elim­i­nated some re­tired writ­ers, Cle­mens rose to 45.2 per­cent and Bonds to 44.3 per­cent in last year’s vot­ing.

Play­ers re­main on the bal­lot for up to 10 years, pro­vided they re­ceive at least 5 per­cent of the vote. Re­sults will be an­nounced Jan. 18.

Ro­driguez was never dis­ci­plined for PEDs but for­mer Texas team­mate Jose Canseco al­leged in a 2005 book that he in­jected the catcher with steroids. Asked whether he was on the list of play­ers who al­legedly tested pos­i­tive for steroids dur­ing baseball’s 2003 sur­vey, Ro­driguez said in 2009: “Only God knows.”

A 12-time All-Star, Ramirez helped the Bos­ton Red Sox win World Se­ries ti­tles in 2004 and ‘07, the first for the fran­chise since 1918. He hit .312 with 555 home runs and 1,831 RBIs in 19 big league sea­sons, and he was voted MVP of the 2007 Se­ries.

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