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Manny Ramirez wants to return to MLB

Posted on: December 4, 2011 3:09 pm
Edited on: December 4, 2011 9:53 pm
 
Manny Ramirez

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Manny Ramirez wants to return to baseball, but the real question may be, does baseball want Manny Ramirez?

Ramirez, 39, retired in April after he faced a 100-game suspension after his second violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment program. Major League Baseball announced Ramirez has applied to be reinstated from the retirement list. In addition, MLB announced Ramirez would only have to serve 50 games of his suspension if he is signed. 

Of course, it takes a team to take him before he could actually start his suspension, much less play. Ramirez not only has baggage, but also is limited to just designated hitter now, narrowing the market further for the slugger. He's also unlikely to be welcome in Boston, where he played from 2001-2008. The Rays could be somewhat interested in a return, while maybe the Orioles would be interested, since that seems to be the last stop for designated hitters before retirement and they're now lead by the man who signed Ramirez in Boston, Dan Duquette. Toronto could also be a possibility. Perhaps more likely, Ramirez could declare himself available and un-retired, but have no teams interested.

"Manny is always interesting and he’s never predictable, but I don't know too much about the mechanics of what we would have to do or if we could do it," Duquette told the Baltimore Sun. "Manny is always a lot of fun to be around and he is very entertaining." 

Ramirez managed just one hit -- a single -- in 17 plate appearances for the Rays in 2011. Last offseason, the Rays were the only taker on Ramirez and signed him to just a $2 million contract -- before the suspension. Any team signing him would likely sign him for much less.

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Comments

Since: Dec 18, 2011
Posted on: December 18, 2011 11:52 am
 

Manny Ramirez wants to return to MLB

It's a shame the game is so tainted by PED's and HGH.  Every accomplishment is clouded by speculation now.



Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2011 11:21 am
 

Manny Ramirez wants to return to MLB

And forget all the antics and BS that he was so famous for? Nope, he can go sign with the Orix Bkue Waves for all I care....



Since: Jul 21, 2010
Posted on: December 16, 2011 1:40 am
 

Manny Ramirez wants to return to MLB

Oh, by the way. Kemp didn't get this Years MVP award due to another PED violator. Ryan Braun will get suspended, AKA rest, his 50 games, he should be ready to go just before the All Star game so the Brewers can start their playoff push. just something to think about.



Since: Apr 20, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 8:30 pm
 

Manny Ramirez wants to return to MLB

Yes, but a team does not have to sign him until after the 50 remaining games pass.  Even then, they wpuld logically sign him to a minor league contract to see if the ability is there or not.  My best guess is that Manny simply wants to become eligible to play with certain Central or South American teams where he might still be welcomed as a celebrity, albeit a slightly tainted one.  As long as Manny does not embarrass himself by cheating once more, I am willing to let him play again, just like Braun.




Since: Aug 18, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2011 12:51 pm
 

Manny Ramirez wants to return to MLB

Oh wait, I almost missed the Manny punchline!  Because he quit BEFORE serving his suspension, a team picking him up would have to pay him for 100 days of doing nothing, before he could play.  Priceless!  What better symbol of Manny in his twilight!

Sorry Fenway, you are incorrect.  MLB reduced Mannys' suspension to 50 games.



Since: Feb 16, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 7:10 pm
 

Manny Ramirez wants to return to MLB

I always liked Manny and I've had with people ragging on him. So why not start on the MVP boy and give it a rest on Manny. You gotta grow up sometime in your life so enough of Manny. I hope he does get picked up but not likely but if he does I hope people aren't going to say after his 1st homerun"Manny's back on the juice". Besides why doesn't Big Papi 's  name come up at all? I'm, a Red Soxs fan and I'll never  forget some of the best of Manny plsys.



Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:46 am
 

Manny Ramirez wants to return to MLB

Some team might take a flier on him.  He isn't as horrible a media presence as Bonds was and that is why no one was willing to take a chance on Bonds.  Considering he might be signed at a low price a number of expected non-contending teams in the AL might try him on as a DH just for a little attention to their team and the possiblility he might produce.



Since: Mar 24, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 5:20 pm
 

Manny Ramirez wants to return to MLB

So we are tired of gettn' stoned all the time




Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:20 am
 

Manny Ramirez wants to return to MLB

Oh wait, I almost missed the Manny punchline!  Because he quit BEFORE serving his suspension, a team picking him up would have to pay him for 100 days of doing nothing, before he could play.  Priceless!  What better symbol of Manny in his twilight!



Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:17 am
 

Manny Ramirez wants to return to MLB

Manny, a series of small-time reality television gigs is your best bet.  A great talent, backed by hard work, but a sort attention span and little heart.  Then blew your chance at the Hall of Fame by taking drugs.  In the end, a loser.


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