Manny Ramirez isn't interested in providing answers about his past, and Raul Ibanez isn't happy a blogger offered one potential answer for his strong start.
At the same time Ramirez made his first public comments since being suspended for 50 games following a positive test for a banned substance, and refused to address the circumstances of the result, Ibanez found himself unwilling collateral damage. Without specifically accusing him, a post on the Midwest Sports Fan blog brought up performance enhancers as one explanation for the outfielder's home run prowess.
Is Ibanez justified in his anger at the speculation? Does baseball's recent history make any player fair game? Could both be true? Join the conversation about Ibanez.
I have followed Raul's career since he was a utility player in Seattle, then a starter in KC and Back to Seattle as a starter. This guy is pure baseball. He is everything you would want in a ball player, humble, team player, locker room leader, and he does all of the fundamentals. He is a fastball hitter and it's well documented that you see more fastballs in the NL. Especially when you are surrounded by dangerous hitters like the Phillies have.” -- YNWAReds
I didn't say his anger was an indictment. I said that we have seen guys act outraged before who were guilty. So his outrage is meaningless to me. Maybe he's clean, maybe he isn't. None of you know any more than that blogger did.” -- kwelch1962
How should Ibanez have responded to the bloggers saying he may have used steroids? Seems to me it's a damned if you do, damned if you don't type situation.
Baseball is in an era where all big numbers will be questioned. As hard as it is to ignore it, that's what he has to do. It's much easier said than done, though. This is a guilty until proven innocent era of baseball that many people just want to get past.