50 Games Is 50 Games: Manny Ramirez Should Not Get To Play In Minors!

Alex JohnsonCorrespondent IJune 23, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 15:  Manny Ramirez #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on with his long hair during batting practice before the game against the San Francisco Giants on April 15, 2009 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.  All Major League Baseball players wore #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson day.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Manny Ramirez has been the center of controversy around Major League Baseball over the last few years. From forcing his way out of Boston, to being handed a 50-game suspension back in May for violating baseball's drug policy, the excuse "Manny being Manny" has been used to shrug off his antics. 

The controversy surrounding Ramirez now is the question of whether or not he should be allowed to play 10 games in the minors as he prepares to return to the Dodgers from his suspension.

The Dodgers are expecting Ramirez back July 3rd. However, he's scheduled to begin a "rehab" stint with Triple-A affiliate Albuquerque on Tuesday. He is allowed 10 games in the minor leagues in order to be ready for live game action when his suspension is up.

Let me get this straight—Major League Baseball is letting him get a "running start" on his return from suspension? 

I thought a suspension meant a suspension. MLB shouldn't be allowing anyone who's been suspended for violating rules get ready to come back by playing games. If he's not ready for live action after his 50 games, then tough luck. He shouldn't have used PEDs in the first place. 

Manny needs to pay the full price for his actions.

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If someone goes to jail for 50 days, they don't get released 10 days early so they can get used to the outside again. They have to adjust after their full sentence is completed. I know baseball and jail aren't exactly similar, but the metaphor fits. 

The bottom line is Ramirez needs to suck it up and sit out the entire 50 games.