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Plaschke blames Manny's slump on steroid withdrawal

Aug 29, 2009, 1:45 PM EDT

The L.A. Times’ Bill Plaschke has been carving Manny Ramirez up since his PED suspension back in May, so you know he was just waiting for the right time to bring this kind of noise:

Something is wrong with Manny Ramirez. Something different than a hitch. Something more than a slump. 
Something is wrong here, something that might be lodged as deeply in
the head as in the hips, something that perhaps batting practice can’t
fix . . .

. . . Although the official explanations for his slump involve those habits,
and are technical and convoluted, those familiar with steroids quietly
submit one simple reason:

Ramirez trying to kill the ball to overcompensate for the fact that
he’s no longer juiced, attempting to show everyone that his previous
success was him and not steroids.

There are those who also wonder whether he is struggling with the loss
of that invincible feeling that steroids give hitters, a syndrome
commonly associated with those who are struggling to find themselves
after coming clean.

“Those familiar” with steroids submit one question?  “There are those” who wonder?  How on Earth do Plaschke’s editors allow him to hide behind that stuff?  He’s the only one in this article asking that question and wondering those things. He quotes no one, anonymous or otherwise.  This is quite obviously Bill Plaschke and Bill Plaschke alone making such an accusation, yet he he’s not willing to simply say it without couching it as the accusations of others.

Why? Probably because he’s a writer who knows absolutely nothing about what causes or ends slumps, be they by ex-PED users or otherwise.  He wants to make Ramirez the goat of this Dodgers’ team, and he wants to continue to slam him for his PED use despite the fact that everyone else has moved on.  But hey, if he can marry a slump to the ‘roids, it’s a current story that accomplishes both of his goals.

Put differently, it’s hack work.  But then again, it’s Bill Plaschke, so what else did you expect?

  1. Malcohm McGregor - Aug 29, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    Don’t be so close-minded Bill Plaschke just might be right.

  2. Craig Calcaterra - Aug 29, 2009 at 1:55 PM

    I’m not being closed minded. Indeed, he may be right. My problem is not with the idea that Manny could be suffering from some post-PED whatever. My problem is that Plaschke doesn’t know any more than you or I do, and he’s not even bold enough to put the question to Manny himself or put the idea out there as his own in his own column. He’s hiding behind invented people who he alleged are speculating about it. B.S. He’s speculating about it.
    And based on his previous writing, his motive for doing so is not at all to try and explain Manny’s slump. It’s to revive the “Manny is a useless cheater/team cancer” stuff he was writing pretty consistently between May and July.

  3. rnmwater - Aug 29, 2009 at 3:00 PM

    This is the same man screaming for the Dodgers to cut him after the test results became public. He has never missed a chance to hammer anyone in LA he is like a snake always coiled and ready to strike as soon as anybody slips. The truth is Manny isn’t having any fun and it is affecting his play, he’s tight, not smiling and just going through the motions. Bill lay off a bit and he just may find his stroke and happy go lucky attitude again.

  4. nfieldr - Aug 29, 2009 at 4:09 PM

    Hey Plascheke… stick to Around the Horn :-)

  5. William Bergmann - Aug 29, 2009 at 4:41 PM

    Manny Ramirez is 36, off the juice, and is now being shown for what he is. The jury is still out, and Plaschke is premature, but the facts are there for everyone to see. Ramirez thinks he can laugh is way to October and all will be well, just like a teenager. He has some serious growing up to do. 500+ homers will not help you today or tomorrow. Wake up Manny before it is too late. Get serious.

  6. Claude Kleiman - Aug 29, 2009 at 7:20 PM

    Whether or not Manny’s slump is due to the reasons speculated by Bill Plaschke is irrelevant as far as I’m concerned. The fact is there are too many players whose outputs have fallen off dramatically once they’re off the juice. Statistics don’t lie. Look at the following players outputs after they’re off the “juice” and compare to before and then tell me Plaschke’s a “hack”. Palmiero, Sosa, Giambi, Tejada, Bonds, Canseco, McGuire, Ortiz….do I need to go on?

  7. hedgegog - Aug 29, 2009 at 8:15 PM

    Too early to make that call. The main points he is making are about mental aspects. We will see. Many greats have also had long slumps.

  8. nightrodx - Aug 29, 2009 at 9:31 PM

    That’s funny, my Dodger fan friends and I were thinking the same thing about Manny now that he’s off the juice. It makes a lot of sense. He now has to hit the ball harder in order for it to carry as far as before. I’ve always said, how many of Bonds’ home runs would have been long fly ball outs, or merely doubles or singles without the steroids? That’s why steroid stats should not count.

  9. Carl - Aug 30, 2009 at 4:45 AM

    Steroid stats shouldn’t count? Fine. What about andro stats? Andro was OK in 98 and then it wasn’t a few years later. So those stats are out the window? What about greenies? They were used for decades, but now they’re not. Should we throw out stats in the ‘greenies; era? There will always be an ‘edge’ available to professional athletes, let’s not get up on our high horses so quickly.

  10. Karl Marx - Aug 30, 2009 at 8:40 AM

    That shows, the whole MLB is stupid drug ridden egoistic sports. Get rid of it from the earth. Think of some thing better, field hockey. clean, well tested and you can really get hurt with the ball.

  11. too familiar with roids - Aug 30, 2009 at 8:49 AM

    100% attributed to lack of roids. Ask anyone who has taken them.

  12. rick dimsey - Aug 30, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    Greenies aren’t roids Carl.

  13. Mike Ambers - Aug 30, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    That is the reasioning of an idiot. Manny’s in a baseball slump’ all players go thru it.

  14. DaleD - Aug 30, 2009 at 10:17 AM

    This is what happens to all of the guys that try to ditch the juice They take a big nose dive. It just goes to show you how much of an unfair advantage roids give a player.It’s like taking rockey fuel and then having to change back to regular, normal octane. I’m glad that it seems most of the juicers are starting to finally drop the stuff and start giving baseball and the fans some good, old fashioned fairness. You will know when things are getting back to normal when more pitchers start winning 18-20 games and the HR kings are winning the crown with 36-45 HR’s. Can’t wait.

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