Personally, I'm done waiting for all of the information for Mr. Ramirez. For years, every time someone uttered anything derogatory about him on these boards, it was "we don't know the truth," "we aren't in the clubhouse," "that's second hand information..." And on and on. Stand up guys like Gordon Edes have been ripped for writing columns that dared to disparage the great Manuel, and yet, nearly everything that's ever been said or written about him (ie. tanking a season, faking injuries, fucking up the clubhouse, pushing down old men, etc.) have been proven dead right.
I have no doubt that this will also be proven accurate, regardless of what Mr. Boras tells us. MLB isn't in the habit of suspending it's superstars for no reason. I've heard all I'm going to here, and at this point, I'm going to laugh and laugh and laugh.
Hear, hear. What information could meaningly affect the situation. Forgetting for the moment that Manny has had a nearly permanent pass in some quarters no matter what his behavior, statements, attitude, etc, the simple, undeniable, unambiguous and incontrovertible fact of the matter is that he took a banned substance, so he's gone.
Does it really matter if it was intent to cheat or just brain-numbed stupidity?