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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: Apr 26, 2009
Posted on: May 7, 2009 4:07 pm

Manny Ramirez suspended for 50 games

Wow. And the WWF is real, right?

Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: May 7, 2009 4:05 pm

Manny Ramirez suspended for 50 games

The thing that is being overlooked is that the 50 game suspension doesn't occur with the first failed drug test.

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: May 7, 2009 4:04 pm

Manny Ramirez suspended for 50 games

You Dodger fans are really unbelievable, now he was taking fertility drugs to fix the impotence of smoking pot...yeah right!  It is steroid use that f's up your abiltiy to be a man, maybe that is why he needed the fertility drugs ala Canseco.  Their win last night should be taken away and the record with it.  MLB knew he was cheating and let him play last night..

I also remember the Dodgers last year being under .500 until Manny came along, so I expect they will be the same kind of team, except their pitching is worse this year without Lowe and Kuroda.  This weekend series against my Giants will be a test of both teams...I predict we take two out of three with Sanchez and Lincecum pitching the weekend games...

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: May 7, 2009 3:57 pm

Manny Ramirez suspended for 50 games

Madduxfan, this is one of the dumbest posts ever.  MLB actually covered up ARod's steroid use, hence it took a reporter toi dig it out.  AMnyy just was tested and MLB knew about ti before today and still let him play last night..and MLB certainly never went after Bonds, it has been a federal investigation uncovering or at elast attempting to uncover Bonds' likely use of steroids...

Since: Apr 3, 2007
Posted on: May 7, 2009 3:56 pm

Manny Ramirez suspended for 50 games

Maybe he is going to appeal, hell maybe he already has and just isn't telling the public...  The appeals process is a long drawn out thing and maybe, just maybe he figured the positive test isn't going to go away and will still get him suspended so he'd rather screw up the first third of the season where the damage can be fixed rather then the last third when they're in the playoffs where failing to win means you're done?  Maybe he isn't because he understands that he made a mistake by not finding out what's in his "medication" and is taking the punishment like a man hoping to prove he is a somewhat changed person...  Haha. Sorry, couldn't get that last part out without a laugh.  Simply asking why no appeal based on only the facts of the test, fails to take into consideration a whole slew of other facts.  Maybe his PR person has already figured how to spin this whole thing.  Hell, maybe Manny has even decided since he didn't get the money he wanted on the terms he wanted, he'll just sit out for a while.  Boston fans know all about this side of him.  When he comes back they can do a whole "Manny's Back" thing, putting out the message that he manned up and took it even though he shouldn't have been suspended in the first place because he wasn't enhancing his baseball performance but tested positive, but because he changed when he moved to LA, he took it like a man without dragging things out...  Whatever.  They'll do something.

I love my Dodgers, but still. The problem here is that these articles are typed up and posted with only a fraction of information so that the writers can claim that they broke the story or were at least on top of it from the beginning.  Then they sit back and wait for more to develop and hope they were right.  This "news" is only a few hours old.  Maybe a little bit more then that by now but it's not like a whole lot of journalistic fact finding has taken place.  Most people see the name and the suspension and say yeah, I expected it.  But what if you're wong?  What if he really is innocent?  Well, innocent in the sense of making an innocent mistake by taking something legit (and by that I mean taking it for some problem outside of baseball) that results in a positive on the testing...  A good portion of the drugs doctors use are steroids.  If you got a medicine cabinet with a bunch of pill bottles in it, google some of that stuff.  You'll see.  Maybe you won't but I don't really care.  It's a simple fact that a vast amount of medication is steroid based which will result in a positive on a test.  But who would admit to being wrong about Manny if this is the case?  No one will admit to being wrong, except Manny, of course, since he already did and apologised up the butt for it.

You see, I can believe he took the stuff for help in the bedroom.  Seriously.  I'm really not joking.  Here's why.  Who here thinks he hasn't smoked pot?  Please don't make me laugh by saying no.  Drugs do funny stuff to your body as a side effect, and one of those is impotence in men.  Tons of research backs me up on that.  No I'm not advocationg anti drug policy, just stating fact.  You wanna smoke out, hit the bong, smoke a bowl, hot box your ride?  Be my guest.  Long term help in "that" department wouldn't be surprising to me in the slightest.  Maybe Manny isn't fighting it because he would rather have the label that he took something related to steroids that in and of itself is not one that resulted in a positive test and let it all go away so no one does any real digging, rather then having his personal life exposed and being in trouble with the law for substance abuse for example, or being riddiculed for having problems in the bedroom?  I'd rather be labelled as a steroid user then have most of my manhood stripped away from me because of not being able to get it up.  Most men would agree.  Those of us with a sex life anyway.  Though honestly, I don't think anyone here will be saying sorry two months from now if they are proven wrong and he wasn't taking anything to enhance his game, but rather taking it to enhance "his game", if you know what I mean.

In the end it won't matter because a well rested Manny is a happy Manny.  A happy, itching to play, I need some of that contract money I was promised Manny in the second half of the season is a good thing for my Dodgers.  They're not going to lose all 50 games, they'll make a statement and work hard at winning without Manny, just to prove a point.  Joe Torre won't let them lose.  He never just let the Yankees lose.  When he comes back, we'll be a very dangerous team.  See you in the playoffs, Manny.

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: May 7, 2009 3:54 pm

Black Helicopters too?

I've already heard people saying MLB was gunning for manram after he took the Dodgers hostage in negotiations.  Whatever.....This is one of the best things that could have happened to baseball.  All you parents out there, make sure you show your kids what happens when you act like a horse's arse.  Karma is not something to mess with......

Since: Nov 21, 2007
Posted on: May 7, 2009 3:53 pm

Manny Ramirez suspended for 50 games

Exactly.  The questions remain and, as I see it, WILL ALWAYS REMAIN:  How many non-juiced players have been denied careers due to those who partook?  (Where's a class action lawyer when you need one?)  How many players felt compelled to partake just to remain competitive and to possibly snare a job?  When will Congress establish an independent drug enforcement agency, funded by the various sports programs (college, NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, etc.) and mandate compliance as part of the privileges these business have?

I am not holding my breath, but I have been holding my nose.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: May 7, 2009 3:38 pm

Manny Ramirez suspended for 50 games

I forgot Miguel Cabrera, Hanley Ramirez, and Jose Reyes.

Since: Apr 17, 2007
Posted on: May 7, 2009 3:34 pm

Manny Ramirez suspended for 50 games

This is ridiculous. Let Alex Rodriguez win MVPs THEN bring out steroid allegations. Let Manny Ramirez win two World Series THEN suspend him for 50 games. Wait until Barry Bonds wins 7 MVPs and hits 73 home runs to bring steroid allegations. Attack Rafael Palmeiro at the end of his career. Accuse Miguel Tejada after the fact. Bring Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and Jose Canseco to Congress after the fact.

Either it's okay or not.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: May 7, 2009 3:32 pm

Manny Ramirez suspended for 50 games

First A. Rod, then Manny. lol

Next up: David Ortiz and Albert Pujols.

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