Manny Ramirez’s 50-game suspension has officially been served and with that, he’ll join the Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting lineup on Friday night when they take on the Padres in San Diego.
Ramirez has spent the last 50 MLB games serving a PED-related suspension. During that time, the Dodgers managed to amass the best record in baseball and currently have a 7.5-game lead over the Giants and an 8.5-game lead over the Rockies in the NL West.
At the time of his suspension, Ramirez was hitting .348 with six home runs, 20 RBIs and had a .641 slugging percentage. Assuming the media circus he’ll bring with him doesn’t hinder the club’s momentum, Manny’s return should be a major boost to the Dodgers’ chances to not only make the postseason, but also maybe make a World Series appearance.
Oddsmakers from online sports book SBGGLOBAL currently have the Dodgers at 5/1 to win the 2009 World Series. With Manny’s return, those odds might never be better than what they are right now.
Posted: 7/3/09 4:15PM ET