Manny Ramirez failed a drug test and was slapped with a 50-game suspension by Major League Baseball today. I can’t imagine why that would shock anyone these days.
Considering the number of big names -Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire, Garry Sheffield, Rafael Palmeiro, Jason Giambi- who have been nailed, Ramirez coming up dirty is just another day to me.
The unfortunate reality is that fans don’t care anymore. Some of our media brethren have chosen to make a bid deal of it. Even the US government has stuck its nose in it. Bonds has been chased by the FBI and the IRS for half a decade. Clemens, who put on a dog and pony show in front of Congress, has also found himself a target of the feds.
Should we really care anymore? Despite tougher penalties, a handful of players were still stupid enough to get caught using the stuff. There’s no test for HGH, which means there’s no way of knowing who isn’t enhancing their numbers with drugs.
So the question isn’t who is doing it. The question is who ISN’T doing it? No one is above suspicion. And Ramirez getting caught proves it. Sorry Albert Pujols, Derek Jeter and David Wright, you guys will be scrutinized just like everyone else.
So what can major league baseball do? One solution is to release the list of the remaining 103 players who tested positive in 2003. The fact that A-Rod was the only person outed after almost six years is a joke. If baseball wants to clean up its act and erase the questions, release the list.
The fans may not care and the media may get to a point where it doesn’t care, too. But when some of these players retire and are broke and looking for a job, having the reputation of a dirty player won’t help their cause. Look at McGwire and Palmeiro. They’ve been hiding under a rock since they left the game.
And what about Sammy Sosa. His name didn’t come up in the Mitchell report and wasn’t attached to BALCO, but he disappeared regardless.
Here’s some friendly advice to baseball: Come clean and move on. You’ll be better off for it.
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