I feel a sense of outrage after reading about Manny's return to the minors during his 50-game suspension for violating the drug policy.
Manny is eligible to return July 3, when the Dodgers are in San Diego.
According to the latest reports, he's about a week away from a minor league assignment. The assignment would be with San Bernardino, the Dodgers' Class-A affiliate. However, the "schedule" isn't really that convenient for Manny because the league takes a break when Manny can play.
I just can't believe that any player who violated the drug policy can be suspended for 50 games however, that does not include the minors? A suspended player can allot time in their suspension for a "warm-up" period?
The issue just goes back to MLB turning a blind eye to steroids and NOT being clear, concise and unwavering in their efforts to rectify the problem. If Manny, or any other player for that matter, is suspended, it should be all-encompassing. Period. NO minor league stints... NO exceptions.
Speaking of exceptions, Manny can have a minor league stint but he can't VISIT the clubhouse. Remember not too long ago the big stink that was made of his visit to the Dodger's clubhouse. Well, it wasn't really a stink, there was just a "friendly" reminder from the league. HOWEVER, you'll notice that the policy was NO visits to the clubhouse when media is present, but when it's not present, it's okay?
No wonder why baseball continues to suffer under the shadows of steroids, the league can't even be clear on punishments.
Seems like there's still a long way to go in this area.
Also, speaking of punishments, another report says a congressional committee will look into Sammy Sosa's denial of using illegal performance-enhancing drugs. I think that Congress should get back to the business of our country and leave the baseball controversies to the League officials.
Maybe the league should have such a committee. However, I think we should start questioning the ethics of the League and this supposed "confidential" drug test back in 2003.
This time I have to side with the players. Regardless of if what they did was wrong or right, the League agreed to keep these drug tests confidential. Amazing how the leaks keep on comming.
But, shame on the players for not only taking the drugs, but actually believing that this information could actually be kept secret.