This is absolutely awful news.
As a die-hard Los Angeles Dodger fan, to read that left-fielder Manny Ramirez will be out 50 games for violating Major League baseball's anti-drug policy is discouraging beyond belief.
Yes, our friendly lefty, Mr. Snarkle, will write to say "I warned you" about Manny. Mr. Snarkle is a Boston Red Sox fan. And glad to have seen Manny leave.
All I can relate is that Manny had been a Godsend to the Dodgers.
After attending a game last week against the San Diego Padres, Mrs. rightviewfromtheleftcoast and I witnessed a towering homer from Manny into the Left Field Pavilion. And it was 421 feet from home plate.
Since Manny has been with the Dodgers, the team has gelled into what it is today. The fans have been like I have never seen before.
And to be fair, according to the linked article, there is no indication that steroids were involved. If so, it would be the height of stupidity.
Manny needs to come clean-no pun intended-and let us, the fans, know the full story.
The blame for this mess should be right at the feet of the worst commissioner in the history of the game, used car salesman Bud Selig.
The inability of Mr. Selig to deal with the issue of performance-enhancing drugs has led to many players bucking the rules and taking life threatening short cuts to bulk up their bodies.
But, that is because the former used car salesman and former owner of the Milwaukee Brewers installed himself as commissioner. Under his stellar leadership, baseball lost a World Series in 1994 due to his locking out players and trying to renegotiate the collective bargaining agreement. And, Mr Selig looked the other way as Barry Bonds, Mike McGwire and many others took the dangerous shortcuts to bulk up and hit a ton of homers during the late 1990s.
Only now, under a lot of pressure, has Mr. Selig made half-hearted efforts of cracking down on the abuse of performance enhancing drugs.
And, regrettably, Manny Ramirez was caught with some kind of drug on the periphery of steroids. Not quite steroids, but close apparently.
Manny, Manny, Manny.
Come clean for us, your fans.
We want to see you back and healthy. All around healthy in mind, body and spirit.