In what is now becoming somewhat of a never ending story, Manny Ramirez is again stoking flames on an attempted comeback to MLB after two consecutive years outside of the league and only playing five games in the last three years. Ramirez has reportedly set up a training camp of sorts outside of Miami, Fla. and told ESPN Radio 104.5 FM in the Dominican Republic this about a potential comeback:“My qualities are still there and I just need an opportunity to continue showing that the ‘Super Manny’ can help a team.”
My response to this is just please stop Manny. Retire already.
Once upon a time there was nothing quite like the show that was Manny Ramirez and the never ending “Manny Being Manny” episodes. It was okay that he wasn’t an especially great outfielder and at times loafed after fly-balls in left field at Progressive Field, Fenway Park and Dodger Stadium, because after all he was one of the best hitters to ever play the game of baseball. Twelve All-Star Game appearances, nine Silver Slugger Awards, 555 career home runs, 1831 RBI and 1,544 runs scored happens to buy you some time with childish antics and will make you quite a rich man.
Unfortunately the time where teams would blindly look the other way has come and gone, and Ramirez has had a large role in this happening. Ramirez was suspended not once, but twice for using performance-enhancing drugs. He effectively quit on the Tampa Bay Rays by “retiring” after the second suspension, and nobody wants the inherent distractions that the former star comes with. What is more is that he put up a disappointing slash line of .259/.328/.370 with three home runs in 30 games in the notoriously hitter friendly Pacific Coast League (AAA) last year, so the much clamored for hitting talent has passed.
Only five years ago there likely would have been teams lining out the door just to get a chance to talk to Ramirez, but he has blown this chance and at 41 years of age needs to retire. The EDA Rhinos in Taiwan may want to sign you on for a second consecutive stint, but you have broken down all doors in MLB.