Manny Ramirez Suspended 50 Games…

According to The LA Times, Dodger’s LF Manny Ramirez has been suspended for 50 games for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. The suspension is effective immediately and will end on July 3rd.

I will write more on this later but this is a HUGE loss for the Dodgers and another HUGE black eye for baseball. Here is what the LA Times has reported about the suspension….

“The suspension will cost Ramirez $7.7 million, or roughly 31% of his $25-million salary. Players in violation of baseball’s drug policy are not paid during suspensions.

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.

The Dodgers informed triple-A outfielder Xavier Paul this morning that he was being promoted to Los Angeles.

With the suspension taking effect with tonight’s game against the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium, Ramirez will not be eligible to return to the team until July 3.

Ramirez would become the biggest star suspended under an oft-criticized major league testing program that started in 2003. He had been a model citizen since arriving in Los Angeles last August, following a stormy tenure with the Boston Red Sox.

Ramirez did not appear in the clubhouse after the Dodgers’ 10-3 victory over the Washington Nationals Wednesday night. After the game, Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti and Manager Joe Torre said they were unaware of any failed test or pending suspension.

As unconfirmed reports circulated around Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night, Scott Boras, the agent for Ramirez, declined to comment.

Major League Baseball spokesman Pat Courtney said he could not comment, citing the limitations stipulated in baseball’s drug policy.

Rob Manfred, baseball’s top labor lawyer, and Michael Weiner, general counsel for the players’ union, did not return multiple messages.

The loss of Ramirez would leave a gaping hole in the Dodgers’ lineup. Juan Pierre, the likely replacement for Ramirez in left field, has batted ninth in two of his five starts this season.

Ramirez doubled and drove in two runs on Wednesday, as the Dodgers set a major league record with their 13th consecutive home victory at the start of the season. The Dodgers have the best record in the major leagues, at 21-8, and the biggest division lead in the majors, at 6 1/2 games in the National League West.

Ramirez leads the Dodgers in batting average (.348), on-base percentage (.492) and slugging percentage (.641), and he is tied for the team lead in home runs with six.

He signed a two-year, $45-million contract with the Dodgers in March, with the first year guaranteed at $25 million and the second year at his option at $20 million.”

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2 Responses to “Manny Ramirez Suspended 50 Games…”

  1. Chris Stout | Official Website of Chris Stout Says:

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  2. Will Says:

    Sad day for Baseball as a whole and especially Dodger fans. If you’re a Giants fan or an NL West rival you’re stoked.

    Manny Ramirez stock has already plummeted nearly 30% today.

    Scott Boras’ headache must be epic right now…

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