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This fall's most colorful players is red that would shame or at least he says he is but.
Do we believe all star Manny Ramirez of the LA Dodgers he's been suspended as you probably heard.
Fifteen games and almost eight million dollars for testing positive for a banned drug.
That's another strike against baseball which just can't seem to get out out from under the steroid cloud.
Here to scored forces Jim -- caddies former general manager of the New York Mets.
He joins us from Baltimore and Sports Illustrated -- Selena Roberts Selena is the author of the new bombshell book A-Rod.
And she's joining us from Stamford Connecticut great to have you both here -- and -- all -- review.
Is this just Manny being Manny or is does this -- say something more about where baseball is today.
Well unfortunately because of what he did because of Alex Rodriguez in the and the fact he came out admitted he took it during his Texas days and someone say he took -- while -- with the Yankee.
That -- -- -- I think everybody in -- game and Manny Ramirez he's obviously one of the best hitters in the game Alex Rodriguez is one of the best hitters in the game.
If they felt the need to take it -- what you did -- where do you draw the line it it makes you feel like everybody stake.
Well and silly and oh what is the MLB do what is what is Major League Baseball do now have they not done enough.
I mean I would've thought of you know fifty games and an eight million dollars would be enough but apparently not.
-- play what -- finally use it right now and Major League Baseball.
I'm scared out of my cleats because MLB.
Did not have to have a positive test to suspend Manny Ramirez remember.
They might get him on a test they got him on substances.
In engineering sample and then they took that investigated.
The -- Sherlock Holmes and everybody here.
They investigate and found in his medical file.
That he had taken HCG which is a fertility drugs and guys do not take fertility drugs that and unless they're taken steroids I know you might want to -- -- I know I don't want to follow -- The women plays not -- through and I it's obvious why was doing and of course.
We we've got his his response I think we can put his response up on the yeah ward which we should be any statement can you put that up there.
-- statement did -- get that -- there we go recently I saw position for personal health issue.
He gave me a medication not a steroid which he thought was okay to -- to me -- -- -- medication was banned under our drug policy.
Under the policy that mistake is now my responsibility I do want to say the one other thing.
I've taken -- about fifteen drug tests over the country are good for you -- Jim I think come by that nobody takes answers in the event.
Now they've -- it's ridiculous and and on this day and age the fact that he wouldn't have gone through the normal process it's not like he's the first guy that zoology I didn't know what the process was -- -- -- case.
And it works for JC Romero the Phillies in Rivera their abilities.
-- meaning there is a process where he that he didn't volley didn't have a properly checked out he ended up having a fifty game suspension.
That's our you know worked Manny should have learned from that he should've gotten plenty of advice and that -- I mean.
It's -- by the way -- -- arrowhead -- -- when we're looking at a picture of Sergio MITRE to.
Of the yankees' other two players.
I I got asked gasoline it was it is is Manny a little -- or was he just.
Take it was -- taken away by his star quality I mean sometimes if you're star like he has.
You know you have -- it is so many people saying you -- do no wrong that you think you can get away with any.
You know what that -- a lot smarter than -- -- -- I think it's a pretty good stick.
Consider -- and say hey you know I'm -- Ross the man you know no big deal on this kind of cruising around like everybody else.
-- you know -- knows what he's doing these guys know what they're putting into their body.
-- is making you know he was going to be making about twenty something million dollars a year this year he nothing -- have -- on his body -- elite athlete.
Don't let that the near -- you guys.
But but the point -- he's it's not just money Selena and it you know A-Rod of course is as you know you're more breakaway book congratulations on the book is you're really -- broke the broke the book on this -- Really announced this story about what A-Rod was up to what -- the hall of fame.
Yeah I mean these guys have just thrown away the hall of fame how could they do that.
You have an entire generation I think Jim would agree with if you have an entire generation of players now.
Under this steroid umbrella.
And it's going to be very hard for any of these guys and let's start with Barry Bonds -- that would Mark McGwire you can go down the list of guys who have been the top of the game and everybody is tainted now and I think that -- for the game.
But I do think MLB deserve a little credit here for investigating and say listen.
We'll get a crack look at some point with a got to be an end to -- somewhere.
Well Jim do you have any doubt that these two guys have thrown away the hall of fame that A-Rod and and Manny Ramirez have thrown it away -- -- I do they think that they can.
Somehow crawl -- their knees it's the hall of fame and get in there.
Well -- we're gonna find that out I mean did they are long way away they're going to be others who are accused of taking steroids or had actually admitted taking steroids that are gonna come up before then we're gonna find out.
It's interesting a dog and in that -- you talk about probably 2015.
For a ride.
Manny you know whatever 56 years drop it really puts into question what Manny did even last year that tremendous second half they have with the Dodgers you know 51 RBIs in 51 games it makes you wonder -- -- -- -- back then.
Well Selena what do you think.
I play what he took this suspension pretty quickly -- me he didn't really gripe about it there's notre -- going on I mean he took it and said listen I know I'm caught.
I mean out of life they hear a guy -- say for -- to say listen I took it to get better in the game not blaming I'm a doctor.
Not the dog ate my homework -- -- stuff I'd like to see a player be accountable out flattery -- it was my cousin I didn't know I was taking all this kind of stuff.
These guys blame everybody else but themselves the real deal is.
He wanted to be better and he looks too good to be true let's face it that's what Manny was we -- the -- we love the ride with many but the ride was an allusion has.
Anybody jammed on that as anybody done what Salinas suggest you just said look.
You know I really screwed up royally here it's my fault nobody else's fault I'm gonna go straight now.
I know I can't even going back to the people -- admitted it after the Mitchell report I can't think of one player that came out said why you did.
Through this reason that it was always a medical reason that factor gave it to me like to isolate -- elected dog ate my homework tonight I think I do find this -- -- I think this is the seventh player and I got a double check this of the 500 home run club the seventh player that's tested positive or been accused of any admitted that he's taken steroids as a major problem for Major League Baseball on the PRI.
Well that's a major problem but -- I wanna leave -- a slightly up note you say that one that.
MLB should be congratulated for really sticking it to -- on this and -- that it really will get a lot of user shaken and -- bush and maybe get them to quit right.
Actually I mean I think that they are blown away by the fact that this was not a positive test.
I think these guys are saying what are they looking at now we know that Alex himself is under investigation by MLB right now.
Because the story told everybody but the bully and a cousin and the time line.
Didn't smell right to Major League Baseball they investigating and they've been doing that -- for my book came out.
So I would guess that these guys sit around shaken in the both right now they get who -- -- gonna be next because then I'll be right now trying to say to congress we have -- under control I think that's what they're doing.
Well and and hopefully they do -- -- the -- by the way again the book is a rod Selena Roberts congratulations terrific book.
You deserve all the accolades and Jim -- you're getting -- start writing about it.
I'm gonna yeah I read that book felt all right I've read the book and down that that was a good I -- It was very good night I thought this late about it yesterday and he got it Jim insulating great to have you up please go back -- -- again appreciate it.
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