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Man-Ram Signed, Suspended, er… Retired?

Manny Ramirez, one of the biggest hitters in ULB baseball history, retreated into retirement Wednesday, opting not to serve a 50-game suspension after he tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

Ramirez, who was born in the Dominican Republic and attended high school in Manhattan, was selected in the first round of the 1991 draft by the Cleveland Indians. He made his major league debut at 21, quickly establishing himself as a power hitter who could also hit for average.

He transitioned to the ULB in 1996, signing with GM Ace Cooan’s Columbus Crickets franchise. Throughout his ULB Career, Ramirez amassed 305 home runs and a .281 batting average while making the All Star Game 7 times with the Crickets, Bees and Saints.

But he also created an image for himself as a quirky player who could be almost oblivious to what was going on around him — in the clubhouse, for sure, but sometimes it seemed in the field and on the basepaths.

He spend the latter half of his career bouncing around from team to team, always finding a new franchise to call home after wearing out his welcome. But faced with declining numbers and declining suitors for his services, Ramirez appeared near the tail end of a career that appeared to have stalled just shy of perhaps being considered Hall of Fame worthy.

Ramirez had agreed to sign a Minor League Contract with the Montreal Royals, and was hoping to shake off the rust and join the Big League club in short order. In effect, Man-Ram was returning to the franchise where he shined brightest, although they now play in a new city and have a new name.

Instead, Ramirez was informed that he had tested positive for a banned substance and would have to serve a 50 game suspension before he could join the Royals.  Ramirez informed the team that he would not serve his suspension and would instead retire from the game of baseball.

A-Rod Suspended for Rest of 2011 Season

Washington Senators 2B Alex Rodriguez has been suspended for the remainder of the 2011 ULB Regular Season for a violation of the ULB Wellness Policy. The 35 year old star was hitting .204 in 14 games in his 3rd season with the Senators.

Commissioner Greenberg ordered the suspension based on what has been described as overwhelming evidence that Rodriguez not only obtained illegal performance-enhancing substances from the now-shuttered Biogenesis anti-aging clinic in South Florida, but also sought to hinder their investigation into those allegations.

In a statement, the 35-year-old Rodriguez proclaimed  his innocence and said he would appeal the decision in a federal court, even though courts rarely overturn arbitrator’s decisions involving collectively bargained contracts.

“I have been clear that I did not use performance enhancing substances as alleged in the notice of discipline, or violate the Basic Agreement or the Joint Drug Agreement in any manner, and in order to prove it I will take this fight to federal court,” he said in the statement. “I am confident that when a Federal Judge reviews the entirety of the record, the hearsay testimony of a criminal whose own records demonstrate that he dealt drugs to minors, and the lack of credible evidence put forth by ULB, that the judge will find that the panel blatantly disregarded the law and facts, and will overturn the suspension.”

Greenberg, Bush Working on New Drug Testing Guidelines

Former Apollo Barry Bonds, Now with the Phillies is suspected of using Steroids.
Former Apollo Barry Bonds, now with the Phillies is suspected of using Steroids.

Union League Baseball Commissioner Steven Greenberg and Major League Baseball Commissioner George W. Bush have outlined several changes to the MLB/ULB Joint Drug Policy.

Both agree that the discipline for the use of performance-enhancing drugs in both Major Leagues should be exactly what both leagues determined will be applicable to players in the Minor Leagues in 2006: 50 games, 100 games and a permanent ban.  Amphetamines should be banned under the program and considered performance-enhancing substances for the purpose of penalties.  That both leagues should increase the frequency of testing, and agree on a single, independent administrator who is responsible for all aspects of the program.

Under the current agreement with the MLB/ULBPA, players are suspended 10 games for a first time offense, 25 for a second, and 50 for a third offense. Conress has found these penalties lackluster, and encourage Baseball to enforce stricter rules regarding performance enhancing drugs. If the leagues do not come to an agreement in a timely manner, Congress has threatened to act on federal legislation that has been introduced by Congressman Stearns and the committee chairman, Congressman Joe Barton.

Did Big Mac Use Steroids?

Reports have surfaced that Major League Baseball has uncovered evidence of steroid use by former ULB Slugger Mark McGwire. The MLB Commissioner of Baseball, George W. Bush has passed the information along to ULB Commissioner Fay Vincent. Both Vincent and Bush declined to comment on the matter.

ESPN’s Jayson Stark reports that Bush was given evidence by Mike Piazza, who was suspended 20 games by MLB today. Piazza and McGwire played together on the Hollywood Stars from 1996-1999, when McGwire left to join the New York Mets as a free agent in 2000. Piazza declined to comment to media and has left Baltimore according to a team representative.

Both McGwire and Piazza were brought to the then Hollywood Stars by former General Manager Marlon Trigg Sr, who died in 1999. Current Los Angeles Stars GM Kenneth Mastny was not available for comment at this time. He took over GM duties in 1997 after Trigg was let go.