Manny Suspended 50 Games

8 05 2009
Manny Ramirez's suspension will end July 3, in time to propel the Los Angeles Dodgers to a playoff berth. (Kirby Lee/US Presswire)

Manny Ramirez's suspension will end July 3, in time to propel the Los Angeles Dodgers to a playoff berth. (Kirby Lee/US Presswire)

By Brendan Tyman

Yesterday, Los Angeles Dodgers and former Boston Red Sox left fielder Manny Ramirez was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for an illegal substance.

There was a prescription for a female fertility drug.  According to a source, the drug, human chorionic gonadotropin or hCG, is used by steroid users to begin their testosterone levels as they end a steroid cycle. Ramirez will forefit $7.7 million of this season’s $25 million salary

This brings into question how long has Ramirez been utilizing banned substances and whether his numbers are tainted. If he took these drugs during his tenure in Boston, then the World Series titles in 2004 and 2007 are cast with a cloud.

In “The Recruit,” Al Pacino tells Colin Farell’s character, “Nothing is what it seems.” This line can define the steroid era and its aftermath. After prominent players such as Alex Rodriguez and Ramirez have admitted and been suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs, people do not know how to classify the great athletes of the 90s into the 21st century.

Nobody will know the full extent of who used what and when. Questions will constantly arise.


And The Winner Is?

12 02 2009

In the midst of the Alex Rodriguez steroid scandal, there have been a lot of losers. 

Commissioner Bud Selig needed no more marks on his permanent record, but he has a new one, perhaps his worst.  Alex Rodriguez will never fully rebuild his public image (again, not a reputation that was sterling before hand).

The MLBPA did not have the samples from 2003’s ‘anonymous’ drug tests.  This leaves the Players Association exposed to criticism from all sides.

With all of these parties losing, does anyone win besides the 24-hour machine that is the sports media?  One man emerged a winner, even if he does end up a convicted felon after the fact.

and the winner is?Michael Phelps made out like a bandit.  On Friday, Phelps was the top story on every sports outlet and made the top of every mainstream news broadcast.  He was being ridiculed from all sides.

Now despite facing a possible indictment from police in South Carolina, his situation has been immediately helped by baseball’s latest scandal.  Fans around the country are talking about ‘A-Roid’ instead of Phelps’ misstep.

Perhaps this is a type of karmatic justice that we often see in sports.  After all, was Phelps’ transgression really worthy of the shots he was taking all over TV?  And for that matter does Rodriguez deserve the shots he is taking?

That is for the fans to decide.  But no matter who deserves it, A-Rod is taking the body blows, Phelps is taking a breather.