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As everyone knows by now, Los Angeles Dodgers star Manny Ramirez has been suspended for 50 games after being linked to a substance banned by Major League Baseball. The slugger, it has been widely reported, will lose about $7.7 million of his $25 million salary this season because of the suspension.

That's a lot of moolah, and it gets one thinking: Is there a good purpose to which some of Manny's money could be put?

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It's not unusual in baseball for teams to levy small fines for things like minor violations of clubhouse rules, like arriving late before a game. The cash is typically donated to a charity.

Odds are, the Dodgers have something in mind for Ramirez's lost $7.7 million other than giving it away. But why not at least consider donating a portion of it to one of the worthy organizations that promote healthful activitives -- and discourage drug use -- among low-income children?

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The Dodgers' PR strategy seems to be to say as little as possible about the Ramirez scandal, apparently hoping that time (and home runs) will heal this wound. That may work. But putting, say, a half-million bucks into anti-drug efforts would likely generate much good will in the community, offering the team a chance to salvage something positive out of baseball's latest tawdry incident.

PHOTO FROM THESPORTSIDIOT.COM

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