Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Is the Manny Ramirez suspension really 50 games?

Interesting how these 50-game drug suspensions work in MLB.

Manny Ramirez won’t have his “50 games” end until July 3, but he’ll be playing before then.


Under the current MLB contract, the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder can begin a minor-league rehab some 10 games before his 50-game suspension is over.

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher J.C. Romero also was able to participate in a rehab before his 50-game suspension ended.

But Romero, who returns this week, had his return date pushed back a bit. Since the Phillies suffered three rainouts, he had to wait an extra three originally schedule games before returning.

The ultimate question is whether these players should be able to begin playing (even in the minors) before their 50-game suspension is up.

Is it really 50 games if they can begin playing after 40 games on the shelf?

You decide.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Your right on. Manny shouldn't even begin to play until July 3, no matter where.