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Players like Manny Ramirez give baseball a bad name

April 13, 2011

By S.C. Zuba
Sports Columnist

Looks like I got my wish.

Never again will I be forced to listen to the phrase “Manny being Manny.”
That’s right, folks, Manny Ramirez has retired from the game of baseball. Please, hold your applause.

Ramirez’s decision to retire from the game of baseball before collecting his second hit as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays came as a bit of a surprise to the entire baseball world. Rather than serve a 100-game suspension for allegedly violating Major League Baseball’s performance-enhancing drugs policy, Ramirez chose to call it quits on his career.

The future of Major League Baseball just got a little bit brighter, in my opinion.
Ramirez was a cancer. He did things the way he wanted to do them, and he didn’t care what rules he broke. That’s why his career is ending prematurely. Karma?

Remember when he served a 50-game suspension before the start of the 2009 season? This was the season after he held the sports world hostage during his contract negotiations with the Dodgers. To Ramirez, $45 million for two years of work wasn’t enough, so he refused to sign a contract until deep into spring training.

Then, after he signed his mega deal, he failed a drug test and missed the first 50 games of the season with the team that just shelled out almost $50 million for the aging diva.
It’s players like Ramirez who give baseball a bad name. It’s obvious that baseball’s popularity in America is on a steady decline—mostly because of baseball’s involvement with performance-enhancing drugs.

Players are getting caught, and records are being tarnished. People who you thought were shoe-ins for the Hall of Fame are getting snubbed because, well, they cheated.
The game of baseball is falling apart, and you can blame players like Ramirez.

When I heard Ramirez was walking away from baseball, I couldn’t have been happier. Finally, he can step aside and let players like Albert Pujols and Mark Teixeira—you know, guys who do things the right way—take over as the face of baseball.

Ramirez is a joke, and he’s a pathetic excuse for a role model. He should’ve retired after that embarrassing 50-game suspension. Yes, the guy is a career .312 hitter with more than 500 home runs, but after receiving two suspensions for testing positive for illegal substances, what do those numbers mean, really?

E-mail S.C. Zuba at samuelczuba@gmail.com.

From the April 13-19, 2011 issue

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