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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: Oct 29, 2009
Posted on: December 4, 2011 4:55 pm
 

Reports: Manny Ramirez wants to return to MLB

manny broke? he's made over 200 million in his career. obviously manny is no genius but im sure even he's not dumb enough to have spent all that cash. give your head a shake



Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: December 4, 2011 4:39 pm
 

Reports: Manny Ramirez wants to return to MLB

Ramirez would still have to serve his suspension before returning to the field, but because Ramirez sat out all of 2011.
There should be no sympathy felt for Manny Ramirez. He willingly sat out all of 2011 because he was trying to avoid a 100 game suspension. If Major League Baseball reduces Manny's suspension, then it shows that their zero tolerance policy for using performance enhancing drugs is a joke. 
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.
Could it be that Manny is flat broke and is doing this for the need of money and not for the love of the game?



Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2011 4:32 pm
 

Reports: Manny Ramirez wants to return to MLB

You know there is a name for that kind of player.... it's called Barry Bonds



Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: December 4, 2011 4:22 pm
 

Reports: Manny Ramirez wants to return to MLB

You're going to have to give up on the girl juice, "Man"-Ram!



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2011 4:11 pm
 

Reports: Manny Ramirez wants to return to MLB

Who would want him?  I mean he would be suspended for 100 games anyway and there is so much controversy.  He is a known cheater who does not care about the rules because he was caught TWICE taking steroids.  He is never getting in the HOF unless they create a special wing for 'Roiders of the 90s and he could join the likes of Palmeiro, Sosa, Clemens, and Big Mac in this wing.  But that will never happen.  He does have HOF numbers, but the two steroid suspensions mean he will never get in.  And no team would want him because not only because of this.  He only cares about himself and only tries when he wants to.  He quit on three teams:  Boston, LA, and Tampa.  He "retired" to avoid getting suspended, but now he wants back in.  Boston got so sick of his actions that they traded him despite his offensive value and when he told the Dodgers he would not come back when his contract ended, they made sure they got rid of him after he quit on them.  He is a team cancer and there is no "I" in team.  No team will take on his baggage at his age and knowing they won't have him 2/3 of the season.  aceholeavenger, he has never been a productive clubhouse member like you said.  He is only about Manny and there is no way he can earn a spot in the HOF.  He is the only player to be caught twice for roids; I think the second failed test ultimately killed his chances.  Pete Rose has better odds.  I hope no team takes him because I am sick of him and his act and all the cheaters of the steroid era.  Baseball will be a better game when he and A-Rod are out of the game for good.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2011 3:56 pm
 

Reports: Manny Ramirez wants to return to MLB

If you read the entire post the author did state that Manny Ramirez would have to sit a hundred game suspension but there is the likely hood that it would be reduced to a fifty game suspension since he sat out all of last year.

I personally believe this is Manny trying to get into the Hall of Fame. He already has the numbers but the controversies that have plagued him through out his career will prevent him from entering Cooperstown. I can deal with him acting a donkey but the PED issue has to be taken with more consequences behind it. I really don't see Manny being able to be a contributor to any team in MLB but I am sure somebody will take a flyer on him at league minimum but that being said it's his last shot at being a productive member of a clubhouse and treating the game with the respect it deserves and maybe Manny can quit being Manny and earn a chance at entering the Hall of Fame someday.




Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2011 3:54 pm
 

Reports: Manny Ramirez wants to return to MLB

Go away Manny.



Since: Jan 12, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2011 3:25 pm
 

Report: Manny Ramirez wants to return to MLB

I'm pretty sure Ramirez is looking at a 100 game suspension, not 50.


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