Manny Pops Positive: Suspended 50 Games

by Ben Cook on May 7, 2009

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ star slugger Manny Ramirez has reportedly tested positive for performance enhancing drugs and will be suspended by Major League Baseball for 50 games.

Manny joins a crowded list of the game’s biggest stars under the cloud of PEDs. While Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire have long been the faces of baseball’s steroid problem, they’ve been supplanted in recent years by Roger Clemens, Alex Rodriguez, and now Manny Ramirez.

Once considered a sure thing for inclusion into the Hall of Fame, the suspension could delay or prevent Ramirez’s entry all-together. Mark McGwire has received a cool reception from HOF voters in his first few years of eligibility due his connections with the steroid issue. If that trend continues, Manny’s induction could very well be in trouble.

On a more practical level, the Dodgers are off to the best start in baseball at 21-8. Manny has played a huge role in that fast start, batting .348 with 6 home runs and 20 RBI anchoring the heart of the Dodger lineup. Xavier Paul is apparently being called up to take Manny’s spot on the roster but the Dodgers are going to be hard pressed to replace his production in the lineup.

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