LONG BEACH— Manny Ramirez juiced. Or so that is how it appears. He has been suspended for 50 games for a positive test.
The former Boston Red Sox apologized to the city of L.A. He also blamed a doctor for giving him the wrong stuff. His complaint is that the doctor gave him something that would show up as positive in a drug test. “Under the policy that mistake is now my responsibility” Manny Ramirez said. Under a different policy it would be some other person’s responsibility for what Manny put in his body.
This doesn’t help the Dodgers. They have been feasting on an extraordinarily easy schedule to beginning the season. Prior to Washington rolling into town, the Dodgers had played all but three games within the National League West. A division widely viewed as the weakest in baseball. Manny’s suspension will cover an upcoming road trip which will take the Dodgers to the defending World Champion Philadelphia Phillies. After that it is a face off with the Florida Marlins, the New York Mets, the Los Angeles Angels, the Chicago Cubs and others. It is a tough part of the schedule. And it will have to be done without the best hitter on the team.