Manny Ramirez is one of the most beloved figures in Major League Baseball but today word came down that he tested for performance enhancing drugs and would be suspended 50 games.
Ramirez was viewed as a fun loving guy, who just had loved to play the game and nobody- outside of Joe Canseco- considered him to be someone who used performance enhancing drugs.
Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire are the “poster boys” for the steroid era while Manny was viewed to be the antithesis of them mainly because of his relationship with the media and the perception that he was just a “pure” hitter.
Ramirez was viewed as a great all around who never put up startling power numbers but consistently hit 30 home runs and drove in over 100 runs per season.
Last season Ramirez joined the exclusive 500 home run club amidst lots of fan fare, even those who were not Red Sox fans cheered when he hit his 500th home run off Chad Bradford at Camden Yards.
ESPN is reporting that Manny is going to “claim” that the positive test is a result from medication he took that was prescribed by a doctor. I believe that baseball has way too many banned supplements, most of which can be found in over the counter stuff, but I also believe that the players should be smart enough to know what they are taking.
If there is not label on the product, do not take it, simple as that. I do not have sympathy for anyone that tests positive, especially since Major League Baseball started random testing with 1st time offenders getting a 50 game suspension.
I believe that this was not a one time thing and think this a huge black eye for baseball. Ramirez was not the first to test positive but he might be the most beloved player to test positive and he was viewed as one of baseball’s “good guys”.
Once that details come out about what he tested positive for people will start forming their own opinions on Manny Ramirez. I think people will likely forgive him more so then Alex Rodriguez because of his fun loving personality, but I believe this is wrong.
If you are going to keep Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds out of the Hall of Fame without a positive drug test, then there is no way that you should put Ramirez in just because he was a “good interview”.
This is a major blow for baseball and will leave questions in the mind of fans every time they see a home run hit. This test shows that nobody is above the law and that the random testing is working for baseball.
Maybe this was just “Manny being Manny”.
Looks like Jose Canseco just might be credible.