View Full Version : A Double Dose of Bad News for Major League Baseball: Manny and Alex

Silver King
05-09-2009, 05:05 AM
Like a one-two punch, MLB is dealing with a double-header headache: First, the new book by Selena Roberts, A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez, claims that the ball player used steroids as far back as his high school days. But even that news is overshadowed by revelations that he may have helped opposing teams during games by tipping batters, giving them signals to let them know which pitches to expect.

Of all the ways to cheat during a game, pitch-tipping adds a new wrinkle I had never heard of before. And a new low. If the allegations prove to be true, and I would expect MLB to investigate by reviewing game tapes, A-Rod's career will end, and he most likely will be banned from baseball for life.

In other news, Manny Ramirez was suspended for fifty games (which will cost him over seven million dollars), charged with injecting the banned substance, HCG. Steroid users seek this drug to mitigate the side effects of weaning themselves from steroids. And one of the side effects includes decreased sperm counts and shrinking of the testicles. (Just had to throw that one out there as a MAJOR side effect.)

It's interesting to note that Ramirez is not contesting the charges and has accepted the suspension without arbitration. He blames his doctor, of course, but who doesn't have an excuse when they've been caught with their pants down?