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Baseball Dealt Another Blow - Manny out for 50

In what is decidedly another black eye for Major League Baseball (and a loss to fantasy teams everywhere), Manny Ramirez has been suspended for use of performance enhancing drugs.


Major League Baseball made an official announcement shortly after noon ET.

Ramirez, who turns 37 on May 30, will begin the suspension with Thursday night's Dodgers-Nationals game. He would be eligible to return around July 3, depending on rainouts.

Ramirez -- an 12-time All-Star who immediately became the face of the Dodgers franchise upon his acquisition last summer -- is the biggest name player to be issued a 50-game suspension under the MLB's more stringent drug policy that was adopted in 2006.

According to the drug policy, a player receives a 50-game suspension for a first positive drug test, a 100-game suspension for a second positive test and a lifetime ban for a third positive test. The suspensions are without pay.

I think the Dodgers would rather pay him, and have him on their team for the next few months; he has been a huge part of their early season success.

Bad for baseball.

And as tough as we've had it this week, I think maybe the Dodgers fans are just a wee bit more upset right now.

The A's try to win a game at 12:35.