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I know someone that did not do Steroids...

Manny Ramirez, or as I like to call him - the Greatest Right-Handed Hitter Ever, while seen as a clubhouse cancer by most has at least not dabbled in the embarassment of Major League Baseball that is steroids. With Alex Rodriguez coming clean about his use of now banned substances has pushed me over the edge. While my disdain for A-Rod has been a long standing truth, I could not deny that he was supposed to be the savior, to finally get back the home run record for the good guys from the evil Barry Bonds. Now that my confidence in the cleanliness of the league has been almost completely worn out I turn to the player I have the faith in to say he did not do them: Manny Ramirez.

The years when steroids seemed to hit the most people and affect records once thought untouchable appear to have hit their peak between 1998 and 2003. Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds, A-Rod, all the names you've seen before began doing things once thought impossible, while one man continued on his consistent pace. In fact his statistics seem to take a dip, no matter how small that dip may have been. His HR total fell to the low to mid 30's, and while his average was some of the highest in his career his OBP and SLG have no real sway from their norm. The one thing that a doubter could look at and say he this is a pretty clear indicator is that of games played. His numbers in the last few years fell to around 13o, Manny last year played 153 games. While he may be out in the free agent market, I know he will never be able to return to my beloved Red Sox.

-Brian Macdonald

5 comments:

  1. Do steroids make you fall down on the field? If not, then I agree with you.

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  2. His batting prowess undisputed, Manny's vice does not appear to have ever been the juice. Unfortunately lowering his interest in his performance (not trying) when contract conditions are unfavorable is far from honorable and is what will hurt him on the open market.

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  3. I am not so sure Manny is as clean as you think he is. His erractic behavior is either very natural or chemically induced.
    Good topic for discussion.

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  4. I agree with Patrick, roids or no roids Manny was still a player that used his talent only when he thought it would be to his advantage. Manipulating management and trash talking about your former fans is no way to behave when you're a role model in the public eye.

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  5. I appreciate the feedback. I will say this that management knew the player they were dealing with and how he would react to not answering his questions regarding his contract. And while yes he may have used his talents only when it benefited him, and it benefited him to two World Series Championships.

    p.s. his behavior was chemically induced, just not the ones you're thinking of

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