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Manny’s a cheater. So is A-Rod. Why do we care?

Published by on May 7, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

When the news broke that everyone's favorite dreadlocked slugger, Manny Ramirez, had been suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a banned substance, we were immediately greeted with the usual hand-wringing dispatches about preserving "the sanctity of the game" and calls for "zero tolerance" for steroid users.

But, I must ask, as I have ever since the entire steroid cloud started raining cheaters, why do we care so much?

Baseball has a long and storied history of cheating. From spitballs to greenies to sandpaper to coke to 'roids, players in every era have tried to circumvent the rules for their own advantage. It's only natural that as the stakes (and money) have been raised, the deceptions have gone from r...

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