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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: May 2, 2008
Posted on: May 7, 2009 7:01 pm

Manny Ramirez suspended for 50 games


Nobody said Manny used PED. Manny failed the MLB drug policy by using a masking agent.

FTFA - "Ramirez said he did not take steroids and was given medication by a doctor that contained a banned substance. A person familiar with the details of the suspension said Ramirez used the female fertility drug HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin. The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the banned substance wasn't announced.

HCG is popular among steroid users because it can mitigate the side effects of ending a cycle of the drugs. The body may stop producing testosterone when users go off steroids, which can cause sperm counts to decrease and testicles to shrink."

Perhaps you should try some reading comprehension classes before calling others "morons". 

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: May 7, 2009 6:51 pm

Manny Ramirez suspended for 50 games

Bite your tongue MADNESS.  Albert Pujols is not, was not, nor has he ever been on 'roids.  It is sad when a real player, one of which only comes around every 50 years, gets branded a cheater because of the era he played in.  If it wouldn't have been for 'roids, he would have easily won two additional MVP awards (i.e.-the ones 'ole melon head Bonds stole)

Albert Pujols is the real deal.  When he is proven otherwise, (which will not be the case) I will turn in my ballcap.

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: May 7, 2009 6:50 pm

Manny Ramirez suspended for 50 games

Watch the signs, the total runs scored last night for our 13-0 start was 13. Vin Scully repeatedly mentioned the number 13 over and over and now it has become apparent that this was meant to happen, but for what reason?

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: May 7, 2009 6:45 pm

Manny Ramirez suspended for 50 games

One word...CHEATER.

Since: Apr 24, 2007
Posted on: May 7, 2009 6:33 pm

Manny Ramirez suspended for 50 games

Next up: you meant to say Pujols right !!!

Since: Apr 4, 2007
Posted on: May 7, 2009 6:22 pm

Manny Ramirez suspended for 50 games

Just a little long winded are'nt ya

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: May 7, 2009 6:16 pm

Manny Ramirez suspended for 50 games

If the reports are true and the PED in question is HGC ... human chorionic gonadotropin ... a women's fertility drug ... then that gives a whole new meaning to the phrase, "Manny being Manny".

Shouldn't it be, "Manny being Tranny"?

Since: Apr 4, 2007
Posted on: May 7, 2009 6:14 pm

Manny Ramirez suspended for 50 games

Does not matter if it was given by his doctor. Under the agreementhe is still responsible for what he puts in his body. An appeal willdo him no good.  What he should have done, is ask before he took it.

Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: May 7, 2009 5:39 pm

Manny called out by Canseco weeks ago....

Can we finally start believing Jose Canseco when he says he thinks someone has been using? A few weeks ago, Canseco came out with this story and not many believed him once again, which is surprising because he's been dead-on accurate when calling these things. Don't get me wrong he's the epitome of what ruined a generation of baseball, but the guy is at least telling the truth about one thing. Like they say vindication is not always revenge.

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: May 7, 2009 4:55 pm

Manny Ramirez suspended for 50 games

JDizzy, how do you know what he took????

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