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Friday Rockpile: While Manny Ramirez serves suspension, NL West opens for other teams (or so some hope)

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Who's saying what about Manny Ramirez's suspension? From this Troy Renck article:

"From his uniform number, to his uniform to his hair, he's a joke. A clown," said Hall of Famer Rich "Goose" Gossage, the most accomplished player in Colorado history. "To get caught with all the testing they do now, he's the village idiot. Unbelievable."

"For a team playing that well to have that happen, it's a bombshell," Rockies hitting instructor Don Baylor said. "To me, I just can't see why anyone would put something in their body that the team doctor or trainer hasn't checked out."

Troy Tulowitzki chimes in on what will happen in the NL West as a result of not seeing Manny until July:

"He's the best player in the division, so it's definitely going to impact them," Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said. "It opens up the division a little bit, but they have built up such a big lead there's a lot of catching up to do."

And there's the point. Manny will miss the next two months, but it's up to the other teams to take advantage of the situation. For the Rockies, that means finding consistency, which seems as far away as ever. Dan O'Dowd says he doesn't know what team is going to show up each night, and Clint Hurdle wants to "find a way to take care of what we can take care of." Easier said than done. Isn't Clint Hurdle being paid to make this team consistent in its play? Look at how long it took Hurdle to "officially" be concerned with Garrett Atkins.

What was it Jefferson wrote long ago?

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure."

Take that how you want.