Thursday, May 7, 2009
The Dodgers set a Major League record by winning their first 13 home games of the season. However, talk around the Dodger clubhouse will not be about their great start to the 2009 season. It will be about the 50 game suspension their most talented player was just slapped with. Yep, you read that correctly. Things for the Joe Torre and the Dodgers just got a whole lot more interesting following the news that slugger Manny Ramirez tested positive for a performance enhancing substance. That's great news for the NL West, but not great news for baseball. With reports coming out of SI earlier this year that Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez used banned substances while he was with the Rangers, this latest incident will produce more questions than answers. Ramirez will begin serving his suspension today and will not be eligible for return until July 3. Ramirez will lose $7.7 million of his estimated $25 million salary for 2009. Ramirez is in the first of a two year $45 million contract with LA and is hitting .348 with 6 home runs and 20 RBI in 27 games.