What do you think about Manny [Ramirez] going to the All-Star Game? Do you think we should stop chastising the players and let them play in these situations, even though under suspension? Or should he rightfully so be suspended from this too, even though the fans are still voting for him.
One of my readers, Jason Thomas e-mailed me that question last week. Immediately, I thought, "what a great question and perfect blog post topic". It is absolutely ridiculous that someone who is going to be suspended for 50 of the first 81 games of the season might be on the All-Star ballot. If Manny Ramirez had no off days prior to his suspension (highly unlikely), then he would play in a maximum of 31 games. Is that enough games for the fans to decide whether or not he is having an All-Star season?
Cheating Should Not Pay
There are other outfielders that will play anywhere between 75 to all 81 games for their team before the All-Star break. It is extremely unfair that Manny Ramirez could possibly get voted to the NL All-Star team by playing in less that 40% of the games.
This was my response to Jason Thomas:
Manny [Ramirez] should not be allowed to play in this years All-Star game. If he's missing 50 games before the All-Star break, how can he have been playing well enough to deserve a trip. Also, with the positive test for PED's, he should be suspended from the All-Star game only if it falls during his 50 game suspension.
Fans shouldn't be allowed to vote for a player who is suspended for practically the first half of the season for which a player is judged for the all star game. I think Manny making the All-Star game would be ridiculous since he didn't play in as many games as other outfielders due to his positive test for cheating!
Manny Ramirez should not have the opportunity to play in the 2009 All-Star game. Manny's suspension ends on July 5th and the game is on July 14th. Manny has still been working out with the Los Angeles Dodgers during his suspension, but his workouts are limited in times that he can actually be on the field. America is voting for Manny and he isn't even playing!
His suspension ends on July 5th, meaning he shouldn't be suspended for the All-Star game because it falls after his 50 game suspension. But playing in less that 40% of the first half of the season should make him ineligible for the ballot.
WWOLD?: What Would Other Leagues Do?
Jason was nice enough to respond to my shot at the MLB's reasoning to allow Manny to be on this years All-Star ballot:
and you know what, your right, he should be excluded from the ballot. This makes the MLB look like a total hypocrisy, money before principle and integrity. [The NBA and NFL] would not be considering this.
Jason made a great point about the NBA and NFL not allowing things like this. Major League Baseball would rather allow a player who plays less than half of the required games before the All-Star break and tests positive for performance enhancing drugs, play in the All-Star game for the profits in tickets and jerseys, rather than give someone less appealing to the fans a chance.
A player should have to earn the right to be named an All-Star, not be voted in by fans who think it would be funny to vote them in to prove to Bud Selig that the system is flawed. With the amount of steroid use in baseball over the past decade, we've accepted the fact that the system is flawed, let's not make it even worse by allowing Manny Ramirez to be on the 2009 NL All-Star team.
What do you think? Should Manny Ramirez be allowed to play in the 2009 MLB All-Star game? Vote in our poll below. Voting ends June 31st, right before midnight [EST]. Let us know your thoughts on the issue in the comments below.
Should Manny Ramirez be allowed to play in the 2009 All-Star game?
- No (71%, 65 Votes)
- Yes (29%, 27 Votes)
Total Voters: 92
Thanks to bryce_edwards for the picture of Manny Ramirez.