Saturday, May 9, 2009

Best HR Swings in the Game

I created a slideshow on Bleacher Report of the top 10 home run swings in Major League Baseball. Keeping steroids out of the question, here's my list.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Manny Ramirez Tests Positive, Los Angeles Dodgers Fans Put on Suicide Watch

It's not quite as bad as Marion Jones' Olympic Gold Medals being taken away, Lance Armstrong being accused of doping, or Mike Tyson biting someone's ear off, but Manny Ramirez being suspended by Major League Baseball for 50 games for violating the game's drug policy is the most devastating positive test we've seen or will see.

The situation is particularly devastating for Dodgers fans, but the impact is not limited to one city on the West coast. The impact will ripple all throughout baseball.

First and foremost, the Dodgers are in a world of trouble. Anyone who thinks they can just stand up and replace a .348 hitter with six homers and 20 RBIs is out of their mind. Even if the front office pulls a rabbit out of a hat and does replace the missing offense, the "Manny aura" is still missing.

Orlando Hudson will suffer.

Andre Ethier will suffer.

James Loney will suffer.

In turn, the pitching staff will suffer.

Straight up and down the lineup, the Dodgers are going to suffer without Manny Ramirez's name on the lineup card.

Of course, what is lost in translation through all this is the fact that Manny isn't guilty of using steroids. While it is unclear as to exactly what banned substance he is guilty of using, we can't jump to conclusions and accuse him of juicing.

Mark down Thursday, May 7, 2009. The Los Angeles Dodgers are 13 games over .500 and lead the division by 6.5 games (five in the loss column).

If I had to guess, I'd say by July 3, they'll be just 10 games over. Without Manny, they're no more than a .500 club.

Of course, that is enough to win the West.