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Monday, June 22, 2009
Ringolsby is mad at Manny’s rehab stintTracy Ringolsby is mad:
Manny Ramirez was handed a 50-game suspension for violating baseball's drug policy.
I noted the fact of his rehab stint last week, and our friend Jack Marshall made Ringolsby's argument, albeit a bit more lucidly than did Ringolsby. My response, which Ringolsby acknowledges and then dismisses, was that the rehab assignment, while perhaps undermining the purpose of a 50-game suspension to some degree, is really to the benefit of the Dodgers inasmuch as a player coming straight into action without having worked himself into game shape could pose an injury risk. Maybe we don't care for Manny's sake, but if he got hurt on July 3rd in Los Angeles, that would harm the Dodgers -- including Manny's teammates -- and contrary to what Ringolsby says, I’d argue that the Dodgers aren’t deserving of losing their best player any more than they already have.
Ringolsby's response: "[t]eams should be held accountable for the transgressions of their players. If teams suffer enough they might be more vigilant in dealing with potential violations" would be more palatable if I honestly believed that he or anyone else for that matter believed that the teams should be held accountable for players' PED violations. The Dodgers got out of paying $7 million to Ramirez. Does Ringolsby believe that they should have been fined that amount instead, and maybe even more on top of it for punitive reasons? Does he believe that the Dodgers should forfeit Manny-powered games? I'm guessing the answer is no, which renders his "the teams are accountable too" stuff mere claptrap.
I'd be upset if I found out that Manny is being paid his Major League salary for the rehab games, but I'm guessing that he's not. Against that backdrop, I have no problem with him being allowed to get back into game shape in advance of his Major League activation. Not for his sake, but for James Loney's and Matt Kemp's and Joe Torre's sake.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 1:28pm
The reason there was no outrage when J.C. Romero was reactivated is that many baseball fans (and almost all casual baseball fans) have no idea who Romero is. Manny’s the biggest name to get caught using PEDs, so this is basically the first time most people are thinking about the issue.
Also, regarding Craig’s comment regarding holding teams responsible for their players’ PED violations, I think it is reprehensible that the Dodgers got to keep the money they would have paid Manny. Forfeiting games played by dirty players is totally impractical, but creating a monetary penalty to teams with players isn’t a bad idea.
Posted 06/22 at 08:34 PM
For anyone who thinks its wrong for Juan Pierre to be benched, please send an e-mail, or written letter to your favorite team, call your local sports talk radio and advocate trading for him.
When Manny comes back, Juan Pierre will become the 4th outfielder. Because he is the best 4th outfielder on the team based on talent, ability, and skill.
Posted 06/22 at 08:49 PM
The rest of Pierre’s contract: 2009: $10M, 2010: $10M, 2011 :$8.5M with limited no-trade. That’s already tough to move. But most teams also understand his first 1,307 games are more telling of Pierre’s skill set than his last 43 games.
Posted 06/22 at 11:03 PM
Geez, just more carping about PEDs, the story that the entire BBWAA missed in real time, the free-for-the-taking Pulitzer that never was.
Ringolsby & Co., and there’s many of them like him, will never be satisfied that the fishhook is big enough, or that it has been applied to the correct orifice. They think everyone gets off the hook.
Organizational fail… but the BBWAA members have no accountability, except that due to paper after paper falling by the wayside.
Posted 06/23 at 11:32 PM
Jack Marshall said...
Well, I guess this debate is settled, since Rob Neyer has issued a decree that we’re all morons:
“My old pal Tracy Ringolsby is fantastically right: Allowing suspended major leaguers to play in the minors is a farce, plain and simple. Does Tracy even need to explain why?”
Posted 06/24 at 11:34 AM
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