“Just a bit outside”

June 29, 2011

Say it ain't so, Wild Thing. Say it ain't so.

Forget the Mitchell Report. We have now discovered the true extent of performance enhancing drugs in baseball.

In an interview with Sports Illustrated on Wednesday, Charlie Sheen admitted to taking steroids during the filming of the all-time classic baseball movie Major League. From the interview:

SI: You never told me why you didn’t like the haircut.

Sheen: I didn’t like the haircut because it generated so many comments in bars. I’ve got enough of that already. Add that to the mix, and it’s a recipe for a fistfight. I was already bitchy because — let’s just say that I was enhancing my performance a little bit. It was the only time I ever did steroids. I did it for like six or eight weeks. You can print this, I don’t give a f—. My fastball went from 79 to like 85.

Now that I know that “Wild Thing” needed PEDs to strike out that Yankee in the ALCS (and that his fastball wasn’t really in triple digits), how can I possibly believe anything that’s happened in baseball over the last 22 years was real? What’s next — finding out that Pedro Cerrano didn’t really go on to become President of the United States?

Manny done being Manny in baseball

April 10, 2011

After signing a $2 million contract and getting only one hit before his abrupt retirement, Manny Ramirez has reason to laugh all the way to the bank. (US Presswire)

Take a good look at this RBI single by Manny Ramirez against the Baltimore Orioles.

That was Manny’s only hit in 17 at-bats this season as a Tampa Bay Ray before he abruptly retired Friday. Given the $2 million contract that he signed with the Rays in the offseason, I figure that makes this the most expensive single in Major League Baseball history.

From MLB.com, here’s why Manny is no longer being Manny on a baseball field:

Ramirez had “an issue” under MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and informed the league he is hanging it up rather than “continue with the process under the program.”

The statement, in full, reads as follows: “Major League Baseball recently notified Manny Ramirez of an issue under Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment program. Rather than continue with the process under the program, Ramirez has informed MLB that he is retiring as an active player. If Ramirez seeks reinstatement in the future, the process under the drug program will be completed. MLB will not have any further comment on this matter.”

The New York Times, citing two sources, reported Ramirez tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug during Spring Training.

If the issue involving Ramirez was a drug violation, he would be facing a suspension of 100 games.

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