Manny Ramirez simply will not go away. He is 39-years-old, at the very end of his career and cannot stay out of trouble. Does this remind you of a specific NFL quarterback? Ramirez might just attempt what we like to call a “Brett Favre” and come back to Major League Baseball just months since announcing his retirement after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs.
Ramirez told ESPN on Thursday that he will formally request a reinstatement into MLB, after he learned he is ineligible to play winter ball in the Dominican Republic, due to being on the league’s inactive list. He also made it clear that he would serve his 100-game suspension for his second drug violation.
“If any team wants to sign me, I would play. If no one does, I would look to play in Japan or any other place. I was not prepared for retirement,” he told ESPN.
Though the native born Dominican has not played in his country’s winter league since the 1993-94 season, he wanted to get back home and play for the Cibao Eagles this season.
Ramirez retired shamefully back in April after playing less than a month with his new team, the Tampa Rays, instead of serving a 100-game suspension. This put to rest a potential Hall of Fame caliber career but one that certainly had its highs and lows.
Back in 2009, Ramirez served a 50 game suspension while with the Los Angeles Dodgers for testing positive for drugs and it marked the slow end for the once great outfielder. Ramirez, who hit 555 home runs, 1,831 RBIs and batted .312 during his career, was a 12-time All-Star and two-time World Series Champion.
There is other news surrounding Ramirez in his personal life, as he is facing criminal prosecution in Florida on charges that he slapped his wife during an argument. Maybe he is looking to make a comeback to help pay for all the court costs.
Well, if this whole reviving-his-baseball-career thing doesn’t work out, the Minnesota Vikings could certainly use a quarterback.
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