Barring another strange minor-league deal, Manny Ramirez is done playing for an MLB team.
After a 19-year career full of success, Ramirez has been given the cold shoulder by nearly every baseball team in North America and the Texas Rangers became the latest to show him the door on Tuesday. After 30 games with the Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate, the Round Rock Express terminated Manny’s contract making him a free agent once again. At 41 years old, the once dominant left fielder has burned nearly every bridge he’s ever walked across and now he can see what his “Manny being Manny” act really got him:
The Taiwan Baseball league…that’s what.
To be frank: Ramirez isn’t this fun-loving and innocent ballplayer that we all thought he was in 2004 when he was crowned MLB World Series MVP. Amid throwing high-fives to fans and walking out of the “Green Monster,” Ramirez was injecting himself with illegal drugs and two positive drug tests show how much of a cheater he really was. Hall of Fame voters will never let Manny in and I highly doubt that even the Boston Red Sox decide to retire his infamous No. 24.
At the end of the day, Ramirez gave baseball fans nearly two decades of wonderful baseball, but did so with an illegal advantage. Thanks for the memories, Manny, and enjoy life back in the depths of a cold Taiwan locker room.