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Fans initial reaction may be, "Oh, no, not another baseball superstar." Or it may be, "Old story. I've already made up my mind about that issue. I don't need example #76."

But, after fans think about it -- especially baseball fans, who presumably want the game to come out of this healthy someday -- they may say, "The new testing-with-penalties program finally nailed somebody who actually matters, not small fry. And it got Manny of the Dodgers. Great player, popular player, powerful franchise. Maybe baseball's drug-testing, while not up to Olympic standards and not including HGH, is finally getting fairly serious and somewhat effective. Maybe the Manny Case pushes everybody -- labor and management -- a step further toward best-practices testing across the board."

Of course, if this were a linebacker in San Diego in the NFL, he'd just get a four-game suspension, make the Pro Bowl and everybody would shrug.

More from Tom Boswell on Manny.

By Tom Boswell  |  May 7, 2009; 5:55 PM ET  | Category:  Steroids Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Drug cheaters in all sports need to be brought to heel. If this means fan favorites, all the better. let the chips fall where they may, because once again it is the more marginal players who pay the steepest price with pressure to "make it happen by whatever means neccessary" and wrecked health for pitance few years playing on the bubble at minimum wages that last few years after the sport has forgotten them. This is particularly true in football where few rise to star level and a lifetime of hobbling injuries with a players association only worried about benefits and wages for active players.

Posted by: tniederberger | May 8, 2009 9:02 AM

Of course, if this were a linebacker in San Diego in the NFL, he'd just get a four-game suspension, make the Pro Bowl and everybody would shrug.

The punishments are actually close to being about the same, 50 games out of 162 is 31% of the season. Missing 4 games out of 16 is 25%.

But however all the PED stuff in sports needs to stop. I have not watched a baseball game in 5 years because I consider it fixed because they are all cheating. Anyone who cheats and ruins the integrity of the game should be fired and banned for life, even on the first mistake.

But, something that would be interesting however is if people want to cheat and take/do whatever they want to their bodies is to make an all F'd up league.

Posted by: jondercik1 | May 8, 2009 9:16 AM

Are you kidding me? MLB Stepped up what? They're the main reason these players have been doing what they've been doing now for almost two decades because of MLB inability or lack of desire to want to deal with the steroid/hgh issue. Now you want to pat Slug Selig on the back like he did something great. The sadness of it that this even wasn't for steroids or HGH, but for HGC to raise the amount of testestorone in a players body after coming of steroids. So you really didn't catch Manny doing much of anything. Some HCG drugs are given to men who how low levels of testesterone from erectile dysfunction who seek to have children but can't. Good Job Selig, you might have prevented Manny from having breasts or from making his voice scream a few extra decibals. How about cleaning up the game by resigning. You were what was wrong with baseball.

Posted by: rmattocks | May 8, 2009 1:56 PM

I still don't see where taking HGC or any steroid improves your hand/eye coordination either you can hit or you can't. Baseball is not even close to football in the need for strength, about the only thing it can do is make the ball go a little further but you still have to hit it. HGC might give you an edge in football but it's not going to help all that much in baseball. If these clowns want to ruin their bodies for the sake of their sport just let them.

Posted by: ease99 | May 8, 2009 2:53 PM

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