More reactions on Manny's suspension
People inside and outside of MLB comment on the news
In the wake of the 50-game suspension of the Dodgers' Manny Ramirez, there was so much reaction from around and beyond the baseball world, it couldn't all fit in one place. So here are more choice quotes:COLLEAGUES AND RIVALS
Phillies outfielder Matt Stairs: "If you know the stuff is not on the list, why take it? I'm not very smart, but I know I can figure that one out. People are going to have to stop taking this health [stuff] and go back to being chubby and having fun."
Atlanta third baseman Chipper Jones: "You can't be born in a different era. It is what it is. It is the Steroid Era. We're all going to have to answer steroid questions at some point in our career, and we're all going to have to be judged appropriately. Hopefully when I'm done playing, people will sit back and say, 'You know what, I never heard Chipper's name mentioned in any of that stuff.'" St. Louis second baseman Skip Schumaker: "You're given a lot of stuff, a lot of guidelines. EAS products are what you're supposed to take. They give enough stuff for you to take to get by. There's vitamins, there's creatine, there's protein. If you get caught, this is my opinion, then you deserve to get caught." Florida catcher John Baker: "You hear about Manny and what kind of work ethic he displays. It's well known in baseball that he works hard, watches film, and he's one of the most prepared players in baseball. It's definitely surprising to see something like that." A's catcher Kurt Suzuki: "If you ask me, that guy is the greatest right-handed hitter I've seen, besides Albert Pujols. He's just unbelievable. It's so early to start being skeptical about what he was and what he wasn't doing. Right now, it's just more of a shock than anything." Rays outfielder Carl Crawford: "If somebody would have accused Manny of this, I would have refuted it to the end. That's why I say this touched me a little bit. Nobody could have convinced me. When I got the news, I was shocked. I was seriously shocked." Royals third baseman Mark Teahen: "Even as a player, I'm a fan of the game, and it's definitely not fun to see the game go through something like this, where some of the top players are coming out as cheaters, in a way." Tigers outfielder Curtis Granderson: "It surprises me that everyone thinks baseball is the only sport that has this issue. Any sport of a competitive nature, there's an opportunity to take advantage. But when it comes up in another sport it's like, 'No, its OK, well move on.' I'm not sure why its different in baseball." FORMER TEAMMATES
Jays first baseman Kevin Millar, part of the 2004 World Series team: "For three years he's like a family member. You shower together and eat together and, three seasons, we were as close as you could be. The guy is the best pure hitter we've ever seen -- period. He's just got the sweetest right-handed swing, I think, of our generation. Maybe the best the game's ever seen from the right side. Shocked. There's really nothing else you can really say. It was definitely a shock when we all woke up. ... Listen, the bottom line is it's not rocket science. We're responsible for everything we take -- period." Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia: "Playing with him for a couple of years, that's the furthest thing you think of. Obviously he's one of the greatest right-handed hitters ever. It's just tough to look up there as a fan of the game, just like anybody else, to see a superstar like that go through something like this." Reds pitcher and ex-Ramirez teammate (2003-05) Bronson Arroyo: "The years I played with Manny, he was such an introverted guy. I always said he was one of the strangest guys I ever played with. No one knows much about Manny's personal life, trust me. Nobody. It's kind of shocking that he got caught up in anything, honestly. Manny likes to play stupid, but he's a pretty bright guy. And he's definitely aware of a lot of things that he tries to act like he's completely oblivious to." Yankees outfielder Johnny Damon, part of the 2004 World Series championship team with Ramirez: "What we accomplished that year in Boston was pretty extraordinary, the comeback and all that stuff. I would love to know that we went through that season, we played fair -- everything that we won we won the right way. I would love for it to come out that way."
Orioles pitcher Danys Baez, a Spring Training teammate of Ramirez in 2000 with Cleveland: "Manny, he is a very good friend of mine. I was really surprised about him. I know how hard he works in the offseason, so I don't know. They say some doctors gave him medication ... I just heard the news when I came over here. I was pretty surprised, I didn't know what was going on." Nationals pitcher Joe Beimel, Ramirez's teammate in L.A. last year: "I was very shocked and surprised. I woke up to a bunch of text messages this morning. It took me by surprise. I had a little pit in my stomach. Playing with the guy last year, knowing what he has done here, you see that hard work that he puts in day in and day out. It's the last thing you expect to see." DIVISION FOES
Padres manager Bud Black: "He's a focal point for our industry. When something like this happens, it hurts the game. He's arguably the best offensive player in our division." : Giants infielder Rich Aurilia: "Any time you lose somebody who's a middle-of-the-lineup hitter for an extended period of time, it's going to hurt. We all saw the difference he made in the second half of last year. Don't get me wrong, [the Dodgers are] a good team with or without him. But they're definitely a little better with him." Giants catcher Bengie Molina: "I'm not anybody to judge anybody. I'm not going to judge Manny. But it's a very sad day in baseball. Manny's one of my favorite players, too. I'm sure he's sad about what happened." Arizona outfielder Conor Jackson: "That's a third of a season, that's enough to win or lose a pennant. ... It's definitely going to put a damper on baseball. I think most of us just kind of want this to go away. Obviously I think we've made strides, but this just creates setbacks for us." Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki: "Him being out 50 games is huge for the Dodgers lineup. It takes the best player in the division out for 50 games. That gives us a little window of opportunity, so hopefully we can take advantage of it." OPPOSING MANAGERS
The Brewers' Ken Macha: "It's probably more difficult to the team. It's tough for the Dodgers. They have to play 50 games without somebody who they brought in to be the main guy of the lineup. If he's making $24 million, and you lose one-third of you salary you're still making $16 million. That 50 games could cost the Dodger a whole lot more." The A's Bob Geren: "This is an unfortunate thing to happen, but the rules are very clear. I think the policy is put in for the better of the game, and I'm totally supportive." The Astros' Cecil Cooper: "It's bad for baseball, bad for the Dodgers. It's unfortunate it happened and hopefully we can get past it." The Cardinals' Tony La Russa: "It came out of nowhere. I don't know what it's all about. But it's a shock. Shocked the clubhouse." The Nationals' Manny Acta: "It is sad because this guy is going to get his name tainted forever. This guy is one of the greatest right-handed hitters ever. I don't know the facts, but I wouldn't take away what this guy has done in his career. Starting in high school until today, he has always been a stud." The Reds' Dusty Baker: "Fifty [games] is a long time and that's really going to hurt the Dodgers and it is going to hurt his reputation. I just hate it that another star goes down. We sure can't afford to have any more heroes go down." The Angels' Mike Scioscia: "It does put a shadow on some legitimate achievements that happen over a time period. In baseball, you kind of had an inkling of some guys with changed body types and were artificial and some who were hard workers. I'm sure baseball can separate that." The Twins' Ron Gardenhire: "It's another cloud like this, when something happens. You get away from the baseball part and talk about the other side of this stuff that's been going on long enough. It's not much fun to have to deal with this. ... Here we go again, a big controversy again." The Yankees' Joe Girardi: "It's disappointing to me. And a lot of times, it's hard to figure out what you're supposed to think during this last 12, 14 years, and what's supposedly real and not supposedly real. To me, it's very unfortunate that we're going through this at this time in baseball. And it's something that we might go through for a long time."
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, who worked with Ramirez when he was coming up in the Cleveland organization: "I'm kind of sad about that, but I don't know what to say about that. I'm sad. I saw him when he was in rookie ball. I used to keep up with him when I was managing in Triple-A. He hit like 22 home runs in rookie ball. ... I'd like to see baseball get cleaned up. I'd like to see baseball get through that and move on."OTHER VOICES
Hall of Fame pitcher and fellow Dominican Juan Marichal (to ESPN): "I was wrong thinking he was a pure, natural hitter and that he would never use anything that would help a player do better. I'm very sad to hear a player of his caliber could be involved in such a thing. I consider it cheating the game to have a positive test." White Sox GM Kenny Williams: "Any time the purity of the game is put at risk, the competitiveness, the equal chance to compete on the field on a daily basis, yes it is absolutely to the determent of the game and we are, as players, as people in management and coaches and everyone on the peripheral, I think there's a responsibility. ... If anyone tells you it's not a black mark each time any of these things happen, I think they're kidding themselves." Astros GM Ed Wade: "I'm glad we've got the testing program in place and I think this validates the efficiency of the program. A lot of the stuff that's been discussed involving drugs in our game in the past six or seven months or so have dealt with things that have happened pre-testing. I think the program is working and hopefully the message is getting through that players have to take advantage of the resources that they have to make sure whatever they're putting into their system is not going to put them in a position that will lead to problems." Cardinals GM John Mozeliak: "It's too bad for the game. He's a star player and people like to see star players play." White House press secretary Robert Gibbs: "It's a tragedy. It's a shame. My sense is, it's a great embarrassment on Major League Baseball." David Howman, director of the World Anti-Doping Agency: "This shows baseball is getting more serious in terms of the testing program, and that's a good thing. It's another step in the right direction, but it is still fall short in terms of sanctions. Also, it is regrettable that the sport does not identify substances involved in positive cases. Baseball needs to be transparent."
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