Not only was he a great, great, player, but Manny Ramirez was one of the most fun players to watch that I can think of over the last thirty years. It's a shame that we're going to miss the tail end of his career.
That said, even if you think the whole steroids thing is a silly waste of everyone's time, it's hard to feel that he got too much of a raw deal (assuming, that is, that he really used whatever he used). This isn't like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Mark McGwire, getting scapegoated for something that wasn't actually against the rules during a time when everyone was using the same stuff (or at least the ethical equivalent of the same stuff). Manny knew the rules, knew he had been busted once, and he has -- again, assuming that he was caught fair and square -- no one to blame but himself. It's too bad, but I can't really blame baseball too much for this one.
He's obviously a deserving HOFer, although as it turns out he had a short career -- but not Albert Belle short. Just as obviously, it isn't going to be easy for him to get in. I'm on record as saying that sooner or later, the steroids guys will go in...I guess I do think that Manny wins up eventually in Cooperstown, but it might take a long time.
Terrific player. I'll certainly miss him.