Manny Ramirez retires?
Manny Ramirez suddenly retired, yesterday, after he tested positives for roids, again. This Domician with a strong, quick bat brought baseball back into pop culture. He did not want to retire, but a 100 game suspension would have been strictly imposed. His HOF chances are up in the air. It is a sad day in baseball, but I think he will return next year. He is one of only 25 players to hit 500 or more HR’s. He is fourth on the list for batting average and over 500 HR’s, see chart below. He also had 21 career Grand-Slams, only two behind the leader Lou Gehrig.
Highest Career BA With 500 HR
“I’m at ease,” Ramirez told ESPNdeportes.com via phone from his home in Miami. “God knows what’s best [for me]. I’m now an officially retired baseball player. I’ll be going away on a trip to Spain with my old man.”
“We were obviously surprised when we found out about it today and hurt by what transpired,” said Rays vice president Andrew Friedman, who signed Ramirez to a $2 million, one-year contract in the offseason. “We were cautiously optimistic that he would be able to be a force for us.”
“I don’t know everything that’s been brought up. All I know is he’s a great teammate and a great player,” Damon said, when asked specifically about the PED allegations. “It’s going to be sad not seeing Manny Ramirez ever around a baseball field.”
“Major League Baseball recently notified Manny Ramirez of an issue under Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program,” the statement (from MLB) said. “Ramirez has informed MLB that he is retiring as an active player. If Ramirez seeks reinstatement in the future, the process under the Drug Program will be completed.”
(chart, quotes, info from full article courtesy espn)