Dear MLB: I Applaud You For Taking a Firm Stand

Old AccountSenior Writer IMay 8, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 30:  Manny Ramirez #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a homerun for a 4-3 lead against the San Diego Padres during the third inning at Dodger Stadium on April 30, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The 2009 baseball season is a little over a month into its existence, and over this time a lot of headlines have occurred.

Whether it has been the good starts of the Blue Jays or the Cards, it has been a season filled with unfortunate controversy that everyone is tired of hearing.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, at 21-8, have the best record in baseball, and with an MLB record home start of 13-0, things are looking well down in LA.

Time has changed very quickly in California in the last 24 hours, after once again another blow against baseball.

A surprising story broke the service late afternoon, reporting that Manny Ramirez did not follow the guidelines of the MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, and faced the price of a 50 game suspension.

Am I hearing this correctly?

Ramirez, age 36, was using HCG, a drug that is normally used as a female fertility drug. It has been reported if men use this, it is normally for sexual related purposes.

So then why would Manny use this type of drug?

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According to a medical report, HCG can also be used for the following: "A drug that current or past steroid users take to restart their normal testosterone production after finish off a steroid cycle."

Well say it ain't so.

Whether MLB Nation likes it or not, it is obvious to most of us that Ramirez did take some type of performance- enhancing drug, and there will always be some type of asterisk around him.

You may want to avoid the present, but all the information you need is right in front of your eyes.

I mean, I got to give Manram some credit.

Ramirez pulled a Barry Bonds after saying," Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy. Under the policy that mistake is now my responsibility. I have been advised not to say anything more for now. I do want to say one other thing; I've taken and passed about 15 drug tests over the past five seasons."

Come on now, you have to be better then that.

You should never put anything into your body without knowing that first off, you don't violate any part of the drug agreement, and you should never put anything into your body.

Well, at least that's why I always look up a certain prescription before I actually take it instead of going on doctors word.

Yet, in my deep mind, I must applaud Major League Baseball for showing their stripes to the rest of the league.

Through all my years watching baseball, I have never cared for Bud Selig.

I feel he is a waste of a commissioner and hasn't stepped up against the stars who have cheated our national pastime.

Yes, I know I have seen the MLB enforce their drug policy more efficiently over the years; yet I haven't seen the big sluggers get the suspension they deserve.

We all know the players union is always trying to stir up problems within the executive department of Major League Baseball.

I have finally discovered the new message MLB is sending to every player in the league.

It is simple: You can no longer hide from anybody.

From the Ramirez suspension, it is clear we will continue to see more names to be revealed to the public. It is also known that the media will be all over this issue, and shall be able to find more details about who is the next culprit to be brought up.

Baseball is far away from the shining light out of the black clouds that are above our sport.

We have experienced two of the greatest hitters of this decade get caught with the juice, and frankly I'm no longer surprised about any name anymore.

I am glad to see that the league has taken a firm stand against their league, and trying to bring out national past time back to the glory days.

Matt Miselis is a writer for