In a time where we recognize active players and their achievements, the MLB released the Hall of Fame ballot for the 2017 inductees. Among those headlined, Red Sox great, Manny Ramirez, is listed on the ballot in his first year of eligibility.
Ramirez played for 5 teams in his 19-year MLB career, hitting .312 (83rd all-time), with 555 home runs (15th), and 1,831 RBI (18th). He's also won two World Series titles in his career, both with the Boston Red Sox. But it's safe to say his legacy will forever be tarnished by the two PED suspensions (2009 and 2011), and he's one of the many players on a list of suspicion from way back in 2003.
Johnny Damon (Sox teammate 03-05) said on numerous occasions that Manny would intentionally not swing until he got the pitch he was looking for. And when he got it? Yeah, see ya! Manny would be in the dugout and say he wouldn't swing until he gets a hook, and when he got that hook, he sent it a mile and half from home plate. He was THAT good, just not clean.
There is no questioning the numbers for Manny Ramirez, because had he been clean, there is no doubt he'd be going into the Hall of Fame this coming induction. The problem with Ramirez is his steroid use.
Unlike Bonds, Manny failed two drug tests and is on a list of suspicion back in 2003. Bonds never failed a drug test; so to put a guy like Manny Ramirez in and not Barry Bonds is just ridiculous.
Bonds, of course, will be on the ballot as well this year. But for a guy like Manny Ramirez to get inducted, you cannot allow Bonds to be left out. Bonds was even more feared than Manny in his hay-day and had 207 more homers than Manny, just not the rings to his resumé.
I think there will be a year where we see the likes of Bonds, Manny, and A-Rod get inducted; that year just will not be this one.