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Manny Ramirez suspended for 50 games

Posted on: May 7, 2009 12:51 pm

Manny Ramirez has stepped into a lot of history books lately, but Thursday he stepped into the wrong one: Biggest name to be put on ice for 50 games after failing a performance-enhancing drug test since baseball got religion about steroids.

That sort of takes the edge off of the Los Angeles Dodgers' record 13-0 home start, doesn't it?

Ah, dreadlocks!

Baseball never caught up to Barry Bonds. Sammy Sosa disappeared. Mark McGwire melted into a puddle in front of Congress. Alex Rodriguez actually did fail a PED test, but that was before it resulted in suspensions. And baseball never outed him, that information was leaked.

This, this is 100 percent, prime-time, major-league baseball driven. And it does two things:

1. Whatever you've thought of baseball's testing program, Ramirez's suspension Thursday adds credibility to it. Loads. Because this side of A-Rod or, perhaps, Albert Pujols, there is no bigger fish in the game. For baseball to whack an impact player like Manny, Lordy, Lordy. The reverberations will be felt deep into the corners of every clubhouse in the game.

2. It hollows out Ramirez's numbers because, until now, and especially lately after his run last year, all conversation surrounding Ramirez has included the phrase "one of the greatest hitters of all-time." Really? Maybe. If you can get past the new stain.

Somewhere, A-Rod no doubt is smiling, at least a little, in anticipation of his pot being turned down to simmer from full boil.

Over in Mannywood, this blow is devastating to the Dodgers. Barely a month into the season, there already are signs all over the place that this was shaping up to be a special summer. The home start, the best record in baseball, the 6 1/2-game lead over San Francisco in the NL West.

But now, instead of turning the divisional race into a blowout and storming toward their first World Series since 1988, the emergency brake has been yanked on the Dodgers. They'll have to muddle through without Manny for nearly a third of the season. Without an appeal and assuming the suspension begins tonight against Washington, if my math is right, Manny won't be eligible again until July 3.

The glee in Boston already is deafening. Though now we must play the game of "How long has Manny been on the juice?" and you figure that this all didn't just start yesterday. Does it compromise what he did in Fenway (and, consequently, the two World Series the Red Sox won with him)? Does it date back to Cleveland?

All we know for sure is, the game suffered another cataclysmic earthquake on Thursday. Manny, dreadlocks and all, will never be viewed the same again.

And regarding the Dodgers' 13-0 home start: Turns out, that is one heckuva unlucky number, isn't it?


Since: Feb 13, 2009
Posted on: May 8, 2009 12:44 am

Manny Ramirez suspended for 50 games

Didn't you have a tread with exactly the same line after A-Rod's story? I think even the punctuation was the same.
Let it go dude, seriously - the poor fella is hitting horribly this year and hasn't got one home run yet. get of Ortiz' back - if he ever needed roids now would be the time. Can at least one guy be clean?

Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: May 8, 2009 12:19 am

A message from all small market teams...


pause for effect...


Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: May 8, 2009 12:01 am

Manny Ramirez suspended for 50 games

Well now we know how Manny got so big and tough that he can push around old men when he doesn't get tickets for his friends.  Good riddance to Manny. 
I would suspect his stats to decline from here on out - what a shame. 

Since: Jan 13, 2008
Posted on: May 7, 2009 11:35 pm

Manny Ramirez suspended for 50 games

I will tell you if Albert is on something I wont watch baseball anymore. I am a Marlins fan I hope people dont start saying stuff about Hanley. 49er Big Papi could be next when he played for the Twins he sucked. When he went to the Sox guy hit 40 something homeruns the following year. I mean it is hard to catch guys taking things. You can take Liquid HGH Winny V and a bunch of other things. Now a days some of these steriods are undectable. If another big name player gets caught it really will be hard for me to watch anymore.

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: May 7, 2009 11:14 pm

Manny Ramirez suspended for 50 games

don't fool yourself, manny is not as innocent as you think. I would not put it past him. I think that he was using it for the after steroid treatment.

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: May 7, 2009 11:05 pm

Manny Ramirez suspended for 50 games

This is huge.  I am glad baseball finally got one of the big names and finally did something about the cheating.  Now we can stop hearing about how the Dodgers are off to such a great start and they are the team to beat this year.  Manny just buried them, but that was a risk they were obviously willing to take.  Come on, Manny has the biggest numbers and is the most feared hitter in the last 20 years, and in this last offseason no other team besides the Dodgers would even touch him when he was a free agent.  That speaks volumes.  I think Jose Canseco was probably right : I bet Manny is one of the guys on that A-Rod list of 103 players who tested positive years ago. 

Please stop comparing Manny and the steroid users to Pete Rose.  These steroid guys weren't the only ones using.  Most of the guys getting suspended and testing positive are pitchers, not power hitters.  Manny and the rest were going up against pitchers who were juicing, too.  It kind of evens out.  It's still cheating and is bad for the game, but both sides were doing it. 

Pete Rose, on the other hand, bet on the games he played in and managed.  That is unforgivable.  I don't know what to say to you people who are fans of this scumbag, and Pete Rose is a scumbag.  Rose scaled back his efforts in games, switched personnel in games he bet on, made decisions to affect the outcome, even pumped local sports writers for information on the local teams to get a leg up on whish way to bet.  He was appropriately banned for life and should never get in the Hall or be around baseball again.  Come on, as soon as he agreed to the terms of his ban, he came out of the meetings and lied about his betting.  He lied about it for 15 years, and when you fans believed him all that time, he admitted his lies so he could sell a book and make more money.  If you still look up to this guy and feel bad for him, you are just hopeless.  Give your sympathy and loyalty to someone who deserves it, like policemen and firemen in your cities who are being laid off during this budget crunch.

Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: May 7, 2009 10:56 pm

Can we stop listening to these people already?

Human chorionic gonadotropin, better known as the fertility drug Manny took, is normally used during pregnacy for women. It also has a second affect, it plays a role in cellular differentiation/proliferation. That means that it helps rebuild tissue (muscle), which is why the drug was often taken after a steriod use. Barring that, we have to think about what happened to Manny over this past winter and spring. INJURIES TO MUSCLES (Without looking any up, I specifically remember the hamstring during spring training). I'm not saying Manny did or did not take steriods in the past (that is for your opinion alone), I'm saying that this does not prove that he took steriods. This drug test proved that he took what basically is a muscle rebuilder.
Human chorionic gonadotropin is also a marker for cancer testing. Higher hCG means there may be a tumor forming. The MLB may have just helped Manny by finding out that he has cancer.
Before any of you jump to conclusions that you want to hear, you need to do some research. Again, this drug test proves nothing for a steriods case. You're all ruining Manny just because you don't like him. Remember this phrase? INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY. Of a positive steriod test that is.
More info for my doubters: 

Since: Mar 30, 2007
Posted on: May 7, 2009 10:37 pm

Manny Ramirez suspended for 50 games

next up big papi??... wrong.... pujols my friend. i hope... what happened to baseball. i mean lets get it straight, manny is a great hitter "performance enhancing drugs" or not. but mcguire and sosa breaking the record in the same year. mcguire using steroids, sosa with a cork. i mean come on people. isnt baseball americas past time?...... everyone loves it and those who dont frankly dont deserve to live in this great nation. you people are breaking the hearts of many across the united states and parts of the world!!

Since: Apr 23, 2007
Posted on: May 7, 2009 10:09 pm

Manny Ramirez suspended for 50 games

Gee it just a shame that baseball players can't figure in what year substances are banned. That is right Manny put the blame on a doctor. It is the doctors fault for not checking the list before prescribing a drug. My thought would be that after other ball players are on the hot seat, an athlete would get his ducks in a row. I have zero simpathy for a person that can not follow some simple rules. I wish the ban would be a complete year. That would include spring training, also not allow the ball player to you any facilities or team contact. Cheating is cheating --- Manny your are a cheater!

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: May 7, 2009 9:25 pm

Manny, Manny, Manny...

-As a long-time Red Sox Fan, I take no pleasure whatever in this whole mess.  Manny became a nuisance in Boston, and the yearly "Will he stay, or will he go?" drama grew very old, but I always had a soft spot for the guy in spite of it, and beyond that, I always had a heckuva lot of respect for his natural ablities.

-The people that I feel most sorry for are Dodgers fans- this has to be a huge sock to the gut for them in so many ways...

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