Manny Ramirez is just the latest to expose the futility of the current steroid policy.

I have some urgent breaking news: A baseball slugger tested positive for steroids.

I know. You are stunned. In fact, this column will wait while you distractedly pour your morning coffee on your cheek as you try to drink while in shock. This column won't change in the time it takes you to pick your jaw off the floor.

By now, my sarcasm should be evident.

The news that a baseball player tested positive for steroids is hardly new, or even unusual. Nowadays, it's almost a weekly occurrence.

And the fact that it was somebody known for being a power hitter is even less shocking.

This week it was Manny Ramirez, the Indian-turned-Red-Sox-turned-Dodger slugger, who was pinged 50 games by the commissioner's office for taking hCG, a female fertility drug and non-natural testosterone.

Ramirez offered a mea culpa, sort of. He claimed that a doctor prescribed the drug for a "personal health issue" and that the doctor who prescribed it thought it was OK for Manny to take.

Unless Ramirez is some sort of biological freak who is able to bash 450-foot home runs and conceive and gestate human children in a uterus that he miraculously possesses, the other uses for the drug are to stimulate the body's production of testosterone after coming off of a steroid cycle.

With the news, the predictable howl went up from the keepers of the sacred watch, mostly the media, decrying baseball's failure to regulate the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Bud Selig, baseball owners, and, more importantly, fans need to realize one thing:

It is time to make some steroids legal in professional sports.

If players hit more home runs with the help of a little horse testosterone, is that such a bad thing?

If star players are able to play 150 games per year instead of just 110, isn't that better for fans and the teams? I mean, who wants to pay $75 for a decent ticket ($750 at the new Yankee Stadium) just to find out that the player their 6-year-old has come to see is sitting because of "shoulder tightness"?

Steroids should be heavily regulated, and testing should continue. But let the players take a few things that could help them perform.

It won’t kill the game. It most likely won’t kill the players.

Nope, all it will do is make a good product a little better a little more often.

Beauregard Daily News