I know . . . That doesn’t take much effort, since MLB is so good at making itself look stupid. Take, for instance, the fact that Manny Ramirez, currently serving a steroid-related suspension, will be coming off that suspension one week prior to the All-Star Game, coupled with the fact that Major League Baseball didn’t take him off the ballot for this year’s All-Star Game. In fact, there isn’t even a rule forbidding him from playing if he gets elected to a starting spot.
I know I’m not the only one who’s been thinking about this, because millions of votes were cast for him already. Plus, there are now sites like Vote For Manny that are urging people to do the same. That site’s author explained the reasoning for doing so better than I ever could:
To highlight the silliness that are the MLB rules towards PED [performance enhancing drug] 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.
So go ahead and punish Major League Baseball for a couple of decades of ignoring the growing problem of steroid use and thereby letting it get completely out of hand. Vote for Manny Ramirez to start in the 2009 All-Star Game, and give baseball the public embarrassment it so richly deserves.