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May 7, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Do we add Manny to the Hall of Shame?

As I’m sure you’ve heard, Manny Ramirez has been suspended for 50 games for violating baseball’s drug policy. Predictably, he said it was all a mistake. They all do, don’t they?

“Recently, I saw a physician for a personal health issue. He gave me a medication, not a steroid, which he thought was OK to give me,” Ramirez said in a statement issued by the players’ union.

Big problem, however. ESPN investigative reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada (who broke the Barry Bonds’ steroids story for the San Francisco Chronicle) and T.J. Quinn (who helped advance the story while with the New York Daily News) had two sources tell them that the drug used by Ramirez was hCG — human gonadotropin. According to ESPN, hCG is a woman’s fertility drug “typically used by steroids users to restart their body’s natural testosterone production as they come off a steroids cycle.”

Hmmm. Just what kind of doctor was he seeing? It doesn’t look good for Manny, and now he’s in danger of being added to the long, ever-growing list of superstars whose entire body of work is now under suspicion.

That list includes:

  • Barry Bonds, the single-season and career home-run leader and seven-time MVP;

  • Alex Rodriguez, a three-time MVP who is regarded as the likeliest candidate to break Bonds’ homer mark. He has 553;

  • Roger Clemens, seven-time Cy Young Award winner, 1986 MVP, and winner of 354 games;

  • Mark McGwire, who broke the single-season home-run record with 70 in 1998 and ranks eighth on the all-time home run list with 583;

  • Sammy Sosa, the 1998 MVP, the only person to exceed 60 homers in three seasons, and sixth on the all-time home-run list with 609;

  • Rafael Palmeiro, one of only four players in history with both 3,000 hits and 500 homers (joining Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Eddie Murray);

  • Jason Giambi, the 2000 American League MVP;

  • Eric Gagne, the 2003 National League Cy Young winner.

  • Miguel Tejada, the 2002 American League MVP;

  • Juan Gonzalez, the 1996 and 1998 American League MVP;

  • Ken Caminiti, the 1996 National League MVP;

  • Jose Canseco, the 1988 American League MVP;

    I have a funny feeling this list will expand.

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