When Manny Ramirez first tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2009, his hopes at someday reaching the National Baseball Hall of Fame were shot right out of the sky. However, plenty of stars in Ramirez’s area have since cleaned up their act and are accepted across MLB. For example, Mark McGwire is a known cheater and currently is the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ hitting coach. Keeping that in mind, does Manny have any chance at once again being a baseball icon?
The short-term answer is no.
Yet, baseball fans and baseball writers in particular are rather unpredictable. As the years pass it’s likely that historians will look back at Manny’s uncanny production and be baffled. At the same time. the 41-year-old’s embarrassing attempts to get back into MLB are just that. Former world champions like Ramirez should be able to ride off into the sunset, but the 12-time MLB All-Star will now be playing for the Round Rock Express — the Texas Rangers‘ Triple-A affiliate.
While it’s a step up from the Taiwan Rhinos, this Rangers stint makes Ramirez a member of six different MLB organizations and he’s left each on a bad note.
“Manny being Manny” will always be the saying that describes Ramirez’s unstable career, yet these obscure minor-league deals do nothing but scratch his already tarnished legacy. Sure, the savvy veteran could make the most out of this opportunity with Texas and finish his career on a solid note, but if that happens I will be thoroughly surprised to say the least.