From the Norwich Bulletin -
Prior to Sunday’s the Connecticut Defenders rainout at Dodd Stadium, the visiting Trenton Thunder, the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, announced the signing of Randy Ruiz.
What’s the big deal, you ask?
For starters, Ruiz. At 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, the first baseman/designated hitter is hard to miss. He also won the Eastern League batting title last season with the Reading Phillies.
But what is also big on Ruiz is his strength. And the baggage associated with how he acquired said strength.
Last season Ruiz served two suspensions after testing positive for a anabolic steroid, Stanozolo. This is the same substance that Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson used to capture gold at the 1988 Olympics before his medals were taken from him.
Ruiz denied he ever used the drug. Instead, the Bronx-born slugger alleged his positive tests were the result of his use of Viagra.
“I’ve been clean [ever since],” said Ruiz. “I’ve been tested three times already. I’m willing to take as many test as [baseball] wants.”
Does this include an IQ test?
I just hope, that while Ruiz is in Trenton, that he doesn’t get into Ramiro Pena’s head the way that Mondesi got into Soriano’s noggin (when Raul planted an attitude seed in Sori).