Manny Ramirez Tests Positive for PEDs

Matt KnowlesContributor IMay 7, 2009

SAN DIEGO, CA- APRIL 6:  Manny Ramirez #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers scores against the San Diego Padres during their Opening Day game on April 6, 2009 at Petco Park in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

This is just out of L.A. from the LA Times. Apparently Manny Ramirez has tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Ramirez will be suspended for 50 games, which is the standard penalty for a first time offender. Because players are not paid during suspensions, this will cost Manny over an estimated $7 million. 

It's suspected that Manny will blame the failed drug test on medication he received from a doctor. You have to think by now, players would be smart enough to check everything they put in their bodies—especially someone with Manny's stature in the sport. 

The Dodgers plan to call up Triple-A player Xavier Paul to take Manny's spot in left field.

I guess Manny wasn't just being Manny after all. He was cheating. I hope for the sake of baseball this will prove to be an isolated incident, but I highly doubt it.