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Baseball Dealt Another Blow - Manny out for 50

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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.

From MLB.com:

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.