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When is Manny Ramirez going to come to Oakland and help that offense?
How about the 10th of never? Here’s Ann Killion:
Ramirez was presented as a changed soul, a man who wanted a second chance and a veteran who could be an important mentor to young players like Yoenis Cespedes.
Instead, he’s just been a gray-dreadlocked ineffective minor leaguer. He has hit just .243 with the River Cats, without any extra base hits and 10 strikeouts in 11 games. He hasn’t played a full game in over week, sidelined by a hamstring injury.
Source: Hardball Talk
by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff
The New York Times’s Tyler Kepner doesn’t hold back much in questioning Many Ramirez’s return to the majors, but it’s a quote from former Red Sox manager Terry Francona that is the most explosive portion of the piece.
Ramirez, who will be 40 by the time he can play again, is a ghostly reminder of a tainted era with a long history of roguish behavior. Terry Francona, his nice-guy manager in Boston, once said this to Peter Gammons, “Manny Ramirez is the worst human being I’ve ever met.” That might say it all.
It is indeed a loaded statement, one somewhat balanced by more genial comments made by Rays Joe Maddon and Evan Longoria, both of whom knew Ramirez for a whole two months. Francona, of course, toiled with the hopeful Oakland Athletic for four-plus years. According to Gammons’s MLB.com column from last November, Francona made the comment in 2008, not long before Ramirez was dealt to the Dodgers in a deadline deal.
Ramirez, of course, still needs to serve a reduced suspension of 50 games before he can play in the majors again, but he also has to make the club.
News of the arrest was first reported by gossip website TMZ.com.
Ramirez, 39, and his wife were arguing in their bedroom when he slapped her face, causing her to hit her head on their bed’s headboard, according to a police report obtained by the AP. She told the deputy she was afraid the situation would escalate and called police.
Ramirez denied hitting his wife, according to the report, telling a deputy “he grabbed his wife by the shoulders and when he shrugged her, she hit her head.”
Ramirez’s wife, Juliana, had red swelling on her face and a small bruise on the back of her head, the police report said. Police officers who responded to the scene described her injuries as “being much more consistent with her version of events”. She did not want medical treatment.
Ramirez, who played 18 seasons in the majors before signing a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Rays for 2011, retired abruptly this spring after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs for the third time in his career.
Ramirez opted for retirement rather than serve a 100-game suspension for the positive drug test. He already had served a 50-game suspension in 2009 during his only full season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, which he received for testing positive for a female fertility drug that is used by steroid users to restore testosterone production to normal levels. During spring training with the Dodgers in 2009, Ramirez’s urine sample tested positive.
Some argue that before he tarnished his legacy, Ramirez cemented himself as one of baseball’s best hitters of all-time batting in the middle order for the Boston Red Sox from 2001 until the middle of the 2008 season, but I’m not buying it.
He popped positive on the same 2003 test that Arod, Sammy Sosa and David Ortiz did; failed another one in 2008 and was forced to suddenly retire one week into the 2011 season due to yet another failed test for performance enhancing substances.
The guy was a dirty cheat his entire career. He quit on his teams, more than once. And now he beats his wife. The only thing he is world-class at is being a f***in’ dirtbag. End of story.
Source: New York Daily News