Manny Ramirez joins a select group of major league players to have been implicated in the use of performance enhancing drugs.
Rogers Clemens, Barry Bonds, Jose Canseco, and Alex Rodriguez are marquee names in Baseball. But Manny might be the most prominent of them all.
The Los Angeles Dodgers will be without their 36-year-old outfielder for 50 games. His return in Dodger Blue will be in San Diego on July 3rd.
Manny's checkbook will also be hurt, along with his image. He will be out close to $8 million of his $25 million salary.
Ramirez does want everyone to know...he did not take steroids!.
It was prescribed medication by a doctor in Florida that just happened to contain a banned substance. The doctor thought it was okay, but it turned out that the medication was banned under baseball's drug policy. It was Manny's mistake and he takes full responsibility for it.
The bottom line is, why even take a chance this day and age, given the consequences and the price one might pay.
They loved him in LA, where he had been leading the Dodgers in average, on base percentage, walks, and slugging percentage. And 50 days from now, it will be Manny being Manny and back to business as usual.