Manny Ramirez Suspended 50 Games For Steroid Use

Posted on by Kerel Cooper


Video Courtesy of ESPN.com

Baseball received another black eye today as it was reported that Manny Ramirez has been suspended for 50 games for failing a drug test.

In a statement Manny said:

Recently I saw a physician for a personal health issue. He gave me a medication, not a steroid, which he thought was OK to give me. Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy. Under the policy that mistake is now my responsibility. I have been advised not to say anything more for now. I do want to say one other thing; I’ve taken and passed about 15 drug tests over the past five seasons. I want to apologize to Mr. McCourt, Mrs. McCourt, Mr. Torre, my teammates, the Dodger organization, and to the Dodger fans. LA is a special place to me and I know everybody is disappointed. So am I. I’m sorry about this whole situation.

My Initial Thoughts:
1. I was not shocked but a little surprised.

2. I wonder what this will do to his Hall of Fame chances. Imagine the type of speech Manny would give? That would be great.

3. This would have been a nightmare for the New York Mets had they paid a large amount of money to bring him to New York.

4. I will admit, I wanted the Mets to sign Manny in the off season and I still want him now. Why? Because a 112 games of Manny Ramirez is still better then 162 games of Daniel Murphy / Gary Sheffield / Fernando Tatis.

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5 Responses to Manny Ramirez Suspended 50 Games For Steroid Use

  1. RPtheOG says:

    Point 1: I can agree with statement No.1 about being a little surprised. But, for me I am more surprised that players are dumb enough to do things of this nature. This delivery will now cost Manny close to $8MM. Personally, most of us do not make Manny money, but I can say confidently, that I could use performance enhancing drugs and pass the tests given by MLB given Manny’s resources. I would be smart enough to handle my business in the correct manner and not have these drugs mailed to my home.

    Point 2: Hall of Fame. As we are all learning the majority of MLB players have used drugs of one nature or the other. The fans along with the media will learn to accept the achievements of ballplayers. The more players that come out and do not deny their drug use will continue to prove the point that there was an even playing field. Players on both sides of the field took their drug of choice to help as need.

    Points 3 and 4: I do not think this would have been a nightmare for the Mets. Manny and his RBI productivity would have help the Mets and their record would be 3-5 games better. In addition as you say in post No.4 I’d trade for Manny right now … and even pay him for NOT playing. That’s how good he is .. and he’ll help carry this team deep into the post season. The one restriction I’d have on Manny is that I would make sure that my trainers or people were providing Manny with anything and everything that he and my players require. If he was smart …. we wouldn’t be talki g about this right now.

  2. Kerel Cooper says:

    Thanks for the comments RPtheOG.

    Point 1. How about this, never use anything at all and then you have nothing to hide?

    Point 2. So are you saying, if you had a vote, you would vote Manny in the HOF?

    Point 3 and 4. It would be a nightmare for the Mets because you know how us Mets fans are, everyone would be jumping off the ledge.

  3. Nomad says:

    I’ve always thought of Manny as more dependent on talent than muscle, so this is a huge surprise to me

  4. Kerel Cooper says:

    Nomad – I was surprised as well. It will be interesting to see the type of reception he gets in opposing ballparks when he returns.

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