After reading an article on Yahoo! Sports, they are reporting that Manny Ramirez has tested positive for a Sexual Enhancer, which is in fact on MLB's list of illegal drugs. However, does this really still give Manny a clean slate?
Recent studies have suggested that drugs like Natural Male Enhancer could give a batter more ability, but not to the extend of steroids, however.
From what I have heard, it will just give you more energy/spunk, which I guess could lead to more power. However, that still does not change anything; Manny is still suspended for 50 games, because apparently he also tested positive for the same drug in the spring.
What does this mean for the Dodgers? More than what most would think.
Manny is the heart and soul of that offense, and without him, I have to say, the Dodgers' offense does not look as intimidating, even though they do have some good hitters on their team.
The Dodgers currently have the best record in baseball with a 20-8 record. The next closest team is 6.5 games behind them, and I could see the Dodgers easily maintaing a lead on the NL West, because it is a relatively weak division.
So Manny comes back in July, Manny hopefully gets back to form, and the Dodgers make a relatively easy trip to the playoffs, assuming no other team gets on a hot streak. San Diego, Arizona, Colorado, and even San Francisco come to mind when thinking of hot streaks that could lower the Dodger lead.
The legacy is not as "tainted" as many people think. Manny Ramirez, although he has a big head, is still one of the better hitters the era.
The only way to tell who exactly has and has not been "cheating" in this era is to find a way to test for PEDs of the past. All this really means is that the MLB Drug Standards need to be looked at, and we need to find a better way to test for performance-enhancing drugs.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!