Was Manny Ramirez Unjustly Suspended?

Jarred PowellCorrespondent IMay 7, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 30:  Portrait of Manny Ramirez #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during batting practice before the game between the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on April 30, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Dodgers have started the 2009 baseball season well. They have set the major league record for most consecutive home wins to start out the season with 13. They're leading the National League West again and are having fun. A big reason for this has been Manny Ramirez. He has been the focal of all the things positive in the Dodger clubhouse, until now. 

Ramirez was suspended today for 50 games by Major League Baseball for taking a banned substance. He will also lose 7.7 million dollars in salary for the duration of his suspension. He can return as early as July 3, when the Dodgers play the Padres in San Diego. 

Ramirez was taking human chorionic gonadotropin or HCG that was prescribed to him by a doctor. He was taking it for a personal reason and was told by his doctor it was ok. Unfortunately for Ramirez, it was not the case. 

HCG a fertility drug that's usually used by steroid users to restart the bodies testosterone production as they come off a steroid cycle. It also contains Clomid, which was used by several BALCO clients. 

Ramirez is guilty of being himself. Sometimes this is good and sometimes this is bad. I think in this case he got the wrong part of the deal. If you look at the situation, he was taking a fertility drug that helps kick start the testosterone in your body. 

He didn't test positive for steroids theoretically,  but this can be linked to possible steroid use because of the drug he's taking and the nature of it. 

The biggest thing is that he is going to lose a third of his salary. That adds up to 7.7 million dollars for the time he is out. Ouch!

Manny also brings stability to the Dodgers clubhouse. He makes the game fun for his team and he is looked up to by the younger players in the clubhouse. 

We are all looking down on Manny, but the reality is he didn't test positive for steroids. He tested positive for something that can be linked to steroids. But 50 games is a long time for a first time offender. 

He can be the media's worse nightmare but since coming to Los Angeles he has been the media's dream. Its sad that his career has came to this but he will bounce back. Its just a setback.

Still, the punishment has to fit the crime. I don't think this was the case in this instance.