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Manny Ramirez Suspended 50 Games After Positive Drug Test


The L.A. Times is reporting that Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez has tested positive for performance enhancing drugs (drug to be confirmed, reports now say it might not have been a PED) and will be suspended for 50 games.

According to reports, Ramirez will claim that the positive drug test was due “to medication received from a doctor for a personal medical issue, according to a source familiar with matter but not authorized to speak publicly.”

Depending upon whether or not you believe this excuse, it looks like Jose Canseco might be right again. Last month, Canseco said that Ramirez’s name “is most likely, 90%” on the list of players that failed a 2003 drug test.

This suspension of Manny Ramirez brings up a couple of key questions. First, what will this do to his Hall of Fame chances? Second, what will this do to the Dodgers?

As far as Manny’s Hall of Fame chances, he has gone from a sure-fire first-ballot Hall of Famer to having to wait. Until the Hall figures out what to do with guys like Barry Bonds & Mark McGwire, there is no way they will let Manny in. Don’t forget that Bonds & McGwire never failed a drug test or were suspended from Augmentin side effects, and now Manny Ramirez has been. Nobody will know if this was just a one-time thing, or if he had done this throughout his career like Canseco alleged.

Manny’s suspension will also have a huge effect on the Dodgers. Losing the guy who was leading your team in nearly every important offensive statistical category will do that. Of course, the Dodgers have such a huge division lead at this point that it would take a monumental collapse to not make the playoffs (you know, just like the one the Diamondbacks had last season).

The sad thing is, Manny is a good enough player to not need to take anything. While it appears this will be blamed on a prescription from a doctor, how much can we believe this story? It still remains to be seen just what drug Manny Ramirez tested positive for, but taking anything on MLB’s list of banned substances is just stupid. It’s a sad day for baseball, even if fans from NL West teams are happy & gloating.

Update: Manny Ramirez has issued a statement saying:

“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.”

While it sounds like this was an unfortunate mistake, Manny is right. Players should know by now that they are responsible for everything they put into their bodies.

Manny Ramirez will be suspended 50 games for positive drug test [Los Angeles Times]
Manny to serve 50 game suspension [ESPN]

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