By now, most all baseball fans know that Manny Ramirez is serving a 50 game suspension under MLBâ€™s drug policy, a suspension that will see Ramirez sitting on the sidelines until July 3rd.
But, due to how MLB allows fans to vote for players into the Mid-Summer Classic, what if (and if is the optimal word here), Ramirez were voted in as a starter for the game set to be played on July 14th? Ramirezâ€™s suspension ends on July 3, but balloting concludes on Sunday, June 28th. How would MLB and Commissioner Selig react?
Thatâ€™s the question being posed by Jason Rosenberg of the Itâ€™s About the Money, Stupid blog. Rosenberg has started a new website called Vote for Manny, 2009. As noted on the blogâ€™s first entry:
The purpose of this blog is to get Manny Ramirez elected as a STARTER to the 2009 All Star Game in St. Louis?
To highlight the silliness that are the MLB rules towards PED users as well as their "head in the sand" approach to this situation. Rather than confront it head-on, MLB is choosing to do nothing and simply hope there are three higher vote getters in the NL OF.
He then provides a link to the ASG vote page on MLB.com. Where is Manny at in the voting as of May 26th? #4; 1,213,423 votes
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