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Manny Ramirez to be suspended 50 games for positive performance enhancing drug test

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manny_ramirez_steroids.JPGLos Angeles Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez will be suspended 50 games for testing positive for a performance enhancing drug, according to the Los Angeles Times.

An announcement is expected later today. The Times reports that the Dodgers will promote triple-A outfielder Xavier Paul to Los Angeles.

Ramirez issued the following statement:

"Recently I saw a physician for a personal health issue. He gave me a medication, not a steroid, which he thought was OK to give me. Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy. Under the policy that mistake is now my responsibility. I have been advised not to say anything more for now. I do want to say one other thing; I've taken and passed about 15 drug tests over the past five seasons."

From the LA Times
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"Ramirez is expected to attribute the test results to medication received from a doctor for a personal medical issue, according to a source familiar with matter but not authorized to speak publicly."
This morning on ESPN 1000's "Waddle & Silvy," baseball writer Bruce Levine praised the league for going after one of its top stars one of its best teams.

Regardless of who it is," Levine told the show, "if you break the rules you're going to be punished."

Waddle and Silvy also talked to Jose Canseco, who last month said he was 90 percent sure that Ramirez' name was on the infamous 2003 list of players -- which included Alex Rodriguez -- who anonymously tested positive for performance enhancing drugs.

Canseco theorized to the show that this suspension is essentially a make-up for his name being on that list.

"It's smoke and mirrors," Canseco told them.

Ramirez is currently batting .348 with an on-base percentage of .492. he's slugging .641, and has 6 home runs so far this season.

The Dodgers beat the Washington Nationals last night 10-3 to become the first team in MLB history to start the season a perfect 13-0 at home. 

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Ho-hum.... why does anybody think M. Ramirez cares? He will be back hitting clean-up at Dodger Stadium by August and the Dodger will continue to lead the NL West until then.

All this means is that M. Ramirez will get a much wanted 50 day vacation.

Linda S.

He will be back, but 50 games can break your season. It's more about the fact that if you screw up, your team will suffer. Manny probably won't care even about that, but his team and fans won't be happy.

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