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Jim McCormick

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As news of Manny's suspension broke through the floodgates of Twitter and Facebook saturating the social media landscape, few reactions seemed sad or surprised by the revelation that arguably the best "clean" hitter of the past 15 years now joins the "purgatory list."

A positive test in baseball instantly alters the perception of a player, but not the game, that damage has long been done. Even implications and assumptions have managed to dismantle a player's reputation, ala Brady Anderson and his "magical" aberration of 1996. Support dissipates so fast from an offender that, for example, the Dodgers have already pulled "The Mannywood" section of their ticket sales page just hours since theLA Times broke the story.

In football, however, positives aren't only far scarcer but the general perception of the league's relationship with enhancement is dramatically more positive than MLB's. It also helps that outside of some star pass rushers, Shawne Merrriman and Julius Peppers, no major star has come into question.

Baseball fans are simply no longer surprised. It's a reality of the game that you must seemingly accept. Shock and disgust has devolved into "so what?" and "who's next?"

But based on the attention and fervor that "Manny-gate" is receiving, at least there still are interested fans. Hockey would kill for this kind of attention.

By Jim McCormick  |  May 7, 2009; 2:56 PM ET  | Category:  Steroids Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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