The Los Angeles Dodgers and outfielder Manny Ramirez have officially parted ways and Manny is taking his show to Chicago to see if he can light a spark to the White Sox, who are slipping in the pennant race.
Ok, those are the facts.
I personally have no problems with the Manny era in LA because, after all, it was a success. With the help of Manny's bat the Dodgers made it to two consecutive NLCS (2008, 2009) only to succumb to the two-time defending NL champs, the Philadelphia Phillies.
So Manny's stint in LA was a good one as far as baseball goes.
My only "hmmmm moment" about the Manny-LA experiment revolves around his suspicious 50-game suspension last year for testing positive to a banned substance.
According to reports, Manny tested positive to a drug called human chorionic gonadotropin or HCG. Manny says it was his doctors' fault because they prescribed him the medication for a "personal health issue".
My question is: Has Manny ever revealed what that "personal health issue" was? Because according to those same reports, HCG is a female fertility drug which is sometimes used by former steroid users to restore testosterone production to normal levels.
And my second question is: Since we live in a country where we are innocent until proven guilty, does Manny get the benefit of the doubt, and we are to assume that the "personal health issue" was a female fertility problem he was experiencing? Because, let's face it, that's what the drug is for and he never admitted to steroid use.
I guess, since the Mannywood era is over, we will never know.
But in case it was a female fertility problem-- I hope Manny is over it and his ovulation cycle is back to normal.
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