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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 7, 2009
Posted on: May 7, 2009 2:46 pm

Manny Ramirez suspended for 50 games

Why no appeal?
; If anybody out there think's that Manny is innocent then why didn't he file an appeal,as is his right.If I was going to lose about $8 million dollars of my salary and had made the statement that Manny made about this being prescibed by his dcotor,I would fight this thing with every appeal tool available to me. 

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: May 7, 2009 2:43 pm

Manny Ramirez suspended for 50 games

Just another day of Manny being Manny!  All of baseball should be suspended b/c whether you knowingly take something or don't eventually you'll take something that isn't banned oneday and is the next.  Who is next... "The Machine?" 

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: May 7, 2009 2:33 pm

Manny Ramirez suspended for 50 games

I couldn't have said this any better.

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: May 7, 2009 2:30 pm

Say it ain't so!

While it his hard to trust what anyone in baseball says these days, Manny has to be given kudos for the way he has taken this hit so far.  He didn't try to draw it out with an appeal which would have only been denied.  Unlike Clemens (who was even sold out by his "best buddy" Pettite), he hasn't tried to deny his mistake and released a statement taking full responsibility for the failed test.  Even if the story of the doctor's perscription is true, Manny understands that he is solely responsible for what goes into his body and it is up to no one else, not even a doctor, to pay attention to what certain medications contain.  I might be the only fan in Boston hoping that Manny comes out of this all right, because it is sad to watch a player who I have respected and loved since his time with the Indians being tarnished by a positive test.  Though I respect the way Manny has dealt with this situation so far, being maybe the first player to waive his right to an appeal, it is hard for me to take him at his word this day in age.  Being a fan who has had to defend Manny to pretty much everyone I know, this truly hurts me to hear.  All I can say now is "Say it ain't so, Joe....errr..... I mean... Manny."

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: May 7, 2009 2:30 pm

Manny Ramirez suspended for 50 games

ozark "Good read Scott.  I agree that this shows MLB is serious about eliminating PEDs from the game.  However, I hope you media folks don't get too caught up in witch hunts for other steroid users.  If someone gets caught, he gets caught.  It's the MLBs job to find them, not for us to speculate."

Excellent point!...WoH...

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: May 7, 2009 2:28 pm

Doctor Prescribed maybe?

I'm with you all the way on this one... Could it just be possible (the smallest, minute chance) that Manny is telling the truth that his doctor prescribed him medicine that had a banned substance in it?  Have you ever had to take a steriod medication before?  Is it not that rare my fellow sportsfan?  Don't get me wrong, it is the players responsiblity to ensure they don't take anything on the banned list, but to ostracize Manny at this stage of the game is ludacris. 

I'm sure it is easier for the sporting world considering how popular it is these days to turn their nose up at the first mention of someone's name within the same breath as the word 'Steriods' or would it just be too much work to actually do some work and research before flying off at the mouth, writing stupid articles like this one.  

I'm not going to say that Manny is 100% innocent in this, but could it be possible that he's telling the truth...ummm.  "Don't be so quick to judge a book by its cover" (I think there's a saying that goes a little something like that.)

Since: Jun 18, 2007
Posted on: May 7, 2009 2:18 pm

Manny Ramirez suspended for 50 games

Sometimes, Scott, you are a complete idiot. Manny tested positive for a prescribed medication, not steroids.  Baseball's object shouldn't be to overrule the prescriptions of a doctor who is doing what is necessary to treat a player.  Baseball's object should be to ferret out slinky steroid users like Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriquez, Miquel Tejada and a host of other cheats who have shamed the game of baseball. Manny isn't one of those and it would be nice if you would try thinking before you write this kind of trash and act like a responsible, objective reporter.  You should be be suspended for 50 days for being an idiot!

Since: May 30, 2007
Posted on: May 7, 2009 2:08 pm

Manny Ramirez suspended for 50 games

Now being reported it was a women's fertility drug....lolz.... Cannabis would of been way better for Manny than a women's fetility drug. It's over for him.

Since: Apr 1, 2007
Posted on: May 7, 2009 2:06 pm

Manny Ramirez suspended for 50 games

A source said it wasn't a steroid and wasn't HGH. It was a drug prescribed for sexual issues. It wasn't a Viagra type that one takes before sex but one that helps over the long term. Why does this lead to more questions about other players? Why does this make him like Barry Bonds? Sounds like a reasonable mistake was made, certainly not one with the intent to help him on a baseball field.

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: May 7, 2009 1:58 pm

A Ridiculous Situation Gets More Ridiculous

Love him or hate him Ramirez is a pretty damn fine baseball player and his achievements in the game should not just be flushed down the toilet because of this suspension.

Every time I read one of these articles, I do so with a lot of suspicion because there seems to be a lot of statements being made where I'm not sure that all the research has been done to prove the statement.  Everyone seems to forget that for the most part the media cannot be trusted to accurately reflect the truth about anything anymore.  It's all speculation.  That's what they report.  A lot of unnamed sources and terms such as alledged and supposed, and based on these terms we immediately label the person as guilty and laud the achievements of players in the past.

Did Ramirez take a performance-enhancing drug as reported?  Was it a steroid?  Or was is just a banned substance.  I remember an athlete getting stripped of her medal in the winter olympics for taking cold medication because it contained a banned substance.  Who the hell knows what he took because nobody reports that.  We are a month into the season and I'm sure that MLB with their fabulous new mandatory testing has not only tested players in spring training (at least once), but probably already into the regular season.  So how did they miss him taking any of these great performance-enhancing drugs.

The other thing that everyone seems to miss is that it is an automatic suspension.  No questions asked.  Why no questions?  Why not go to the doctor that he visited and get his statement.  Especially before releasing a vague statement announcing his suspension with no further comment.  I'll tell you why...politics.  MLB is trying to make it look like they are doing something about steroids because the bottom line is that THEY are to blame for what's happened in the game by turning a blind eye to the problem and raking in billions of dollars in revenue. 

Since MLB has implemented mandatory testing has Ramirez failed a test?  No.  How can you reasonably throw him into the crowd that has?  Reasonably, you can't, but reason went out the window a long time ago.

That being said, there is one thing I can't understand.  If I was paying a player 25 million dollars and a large portion of my revenue stream came from him performing in order to sell tickets, how do you allow him to go to 'a doctor' and not the 'team' doctor.  Part of the contract with the team should have a clause that states that if you go to any doctor but the 'team' physician you can potentially void your contract.  It should be a standard clause in all sports contracts, agents be damned.

Another thing we need to stop doing is comparing today's players with the greats of the past.  Everybody loves a legend because it's nice to think that there are some people who rise above all this nonsense that we can truly look up to.  However, although steriods weren't around, cheating has been going on in baseball since the first pitch was thrown.  Remember that.  We could take every great name in the hall of fame and throw a whole bunch of 'alledged' and 'supposed' and 'unnamed great-great-grandfather sources' and ruin a truly great career with a few simple allegations that could never be proven or disproven.

In a time where we are taking terrorists and pirates to court to give them a fair trial, I think these 'entertainers' deserve the same courtesy.

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