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The Manny Effect

The Cubs as World Champs. Manny as a Yankee. Bob Melvin still managing. Really

Updated: May 27, 2009, 10:44 AM ET
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

This story originally appears in the June 1st issue of ESPN The Magazine.

The day Manny Ramírez was suspended, Bob Melvin managed the Diamondbacks for the last time before being fired. These events are connected by more than the calendar: They prove that one player's use of a banned substance impacts many others. How different would baseball be if Manny, who hit .512 vs. Arizona last ­season, hadn't strayed? Hmmm … (picture wavy lines here.)

1. NO HOLLYWOOD ENDING

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