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This will have to be a quickie post because I am overcome with excitement and schadenfreude, almost dizzy from it really. Oh. My. God.

Manny Ramirez suspended 50 games for positive drug test

Manny Ramirez has tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and has been suspended 50 games starting today, Major League Baseball confirmed. The suspension will cost Ramirez $7.7 million, or roughly 31% of his $25-million salary. Players in violation of baseball’s drug policy are not paid during suspensions.

This is the final nail in the reputation of Manny Ramirez, athlete. His personal reputation was killed by slow motion suicide over the past five years, now his professional reputation has also been TKO’d by suicide. Hey, one more category Manny leads the league in…self -inflicted wounds!

A final thought while I set up a DVR of SportsCenter so I can watch this segment on a loop…Jose Canseco is money on the topic of steriods,

In an appearance at USC last month, Jose Canseco said Ramirez’s name “is most likely, 90%” on a list of 104 players that failed a drug test in 2003. The players were promised anonymity for taking tests in 2003; Rodriguez is the only player that has been identified among that group.

UPDATE: Manny using HCG, a female hormone

Courtesy of the Whiner Line on WEEI, “That’s just Manny being Tranny” and “Maybe that’s why he takes a week off every month”

It is not an anabolic steroid but rather a fertility drug that is widely considered to be part of the chemical enhancement game played by athletes. The hormone is produced naturally by women during pregnancy and often is used by steroid users to reboot their body’s natural testosterone production coming off a steroid cycle. It is also associated in the sports and the bodybuilding communities with serious and prolonged steroid use.

UPDATE II: Peter Gammons will believe anything an agent tells him. What a jock sniffer. He’s pathetic.

UPDATE III: Boston Dirt Dogs ID Manny’s doctors