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Ramirez willing to serve ban to play baseball

Posted on: September 22, 2011 6:34 pm
Edited on: September 22, 2011 6:38 pm
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Ramirez

By Evan Brunell

Manny Ramirez is hoping to be reinstated to the major leagues, telling ESPN Deportes he would serve his 100-game suspension after refusing to do so in April and opting for retirement.

"I would comply with my pending sanction and I would be available for any major league team," Ramirez said. "I already informed [agent] Scott Boras of my decision to return and begin the process.

Ramirez tested positive in a drug test earlier this season as part of baseball's drug program that bands steroids, amphetamines and other performance enhancers. It was his second failed test, as he was linked to a female fertility drug in 2009 used to conceal steroid use. He served a 50-game ban that season with the Dodgers, later moving to the White Sox at the end of 2010 before signing a contract with the Rays in the offseason. When caught in April, he told baseball that he would rather retire than serve the ban. Clearly, he's changed his mind now that he's had time to reflect.

"If any team wants to sign me, I would play," Ramirez said. "If no one does, I would look to play in Japan or any other place. I was not prepared for retirement."

There are negatives that could prevent a team's interest. Ramirez would only be able to offer a maximum of 62 games out of Ramirez in production, returning in early August next season after not having played a major-league game for almost a year and a half at that point. Teams will also have to contend with Ramirez's attitude, and at this point is easily comparable to Barry Bonds and the overall distaste that pervaded Bonds so much that he eventually drew zero interest from teams despite indications he could still be an effective player.

However, drug suspensions are without pay, so the team wouldn't lose any cash in taking a lark on Ramirez, so you can expect at least one team to do so because it's a classic low-risk, low-reward system as long as the organization is comfortable with being known as the team that gave Ramirez a job after he seemingly burned every last bridge he had by leaving Tampa Bay high and dry by first breaking the rules and then leaving the team rather than serve the suspension. The Rays, whose playoff hopes are dwindling with a 2 1/2 game deficit in the wild card with a week left in the season, could have really used Ramirez's bat down the stretch even if he wouldn't have hit to the level of his glory days.

Ramirez was interested in playing for the Dominican Winter League, a stop he last played at in 1993-94, but is unable to do so because MLB has an agreement with the league. As a result, Ramirez must serve the suspension before he can participate in the DWL, and that is an impossibility for this season. Ramirez must receive permission from commissioner Bud Selig before he can join up with another club.

"I'm really interested and enthusiastic about playing baseball [in the Dominican Republic], but I can't control the future,'' Ramirez said. "Let's just wait and see what's the outcome of that meeting; it would be really sad if I'm not allowed to play.''

Even if Selig isn't predisposed to helping ManRam and no MLB team touches him with a 10-foot pole, you can bet Japan will be interested. The amount of hype around Ramirez would be large in Japan, as they would be able to see a true bona-fide MLB star play in the Japanese baseball league. Two drug suspensions or not, that would be a feather in the cap for Japanese professional ball.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Ramirez willing to serve ban to play baseball

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Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: September 23, 2011 1:27 pm
 

Ramirez willing to serve ban to play baseball

Actually, Ramirez will not have to sit out for 100 games next season. There is precedent to serving time over more than one season (just refer to the lawless Ohio State Buckeyes football players). I know MLB is desperate to bring excitement back to the game. This season has been a down year. Scoring and home runs have gone down dramatically and I'm sure Scott Boras and Bud Selig can work out a deal that allows Ramirez to be suspended for only 50 games over two seasons. That way Ramierz would still be able to find employment. Otherwise, Boras can sue MLB for discrimination and bias (nothing has been done to punish Jose Canseco) on behalf of Ramirez. 

@lumpoco - Canseco never tested positive on a test issued by MLB...so its totally different than Manny. Canseco just admitted it after the fact, as did Petite, who did not receive any suspension...as did A-Rod, who received no suspension...etc



Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: September 23, 2011 12:54 pm
 

Ramirez willing to serve ban to play baseball

No wait - JapanRam!!!



Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: September 23, 2011 12:53 pm
 

Ramirez willing to serve ban to play baseball

Jpan already had a 'Godzilla', so I guess Manny would be 'Gigantor'?  Boras would love of cut of a Japanese salary lol!



Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: September 23, 2011 12:47 pm
 

Ramirez willing to serve ban to play baseball

Good grief, what a serious loser this guy is! When LA took him off our hands, I said then that they would be sorry sooner or later. And after the love affair that lasted - what - 2/3 of a season? Manny is a clown. And he expects to be paid because of who he USED to be. Stay out of the game, and see if you can't lay off beating your wife....



Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: September 23, 2011 12:45 pm
 

Ramirez willing to serve ban to play baseball

NOBODY EVER SAID THAT MANNY RAMIREZ WAS SMART!!!  MANNY RAMIREZ has been one of the greatest hitters of ALL-TIME (PEDs or no PEDs)!  I respect him as a hitter but I think he is spoiled and stupid.  But this is baseball!  If he can still produce better than the last hitter on all major league rosters and someone wants to sign him, THEN SO BE IT!!  Who am I to judge if he should play or if someone should sign him.  I can choose to watch baseball and to watch him play if he does or I can choose not to watch.

Why does any fan hate him?!  Because of what he did (illegally) to play better?  Because of what he did to his wife?  That's not my business.  And I don't know the whole story. 

I ready his book, Becoming Manny, and I learned a lot about his privileged life, since early childhood to a few years ago.  Manny has problems, just like anyone else.  He's so spoiled!!!  Personally, I think he's done as a major league hitter.  But, let him, his agent and MLB decide that officially by giving them all one last chance.  I'm sure he will fail to produce.  Then we will ALL see that he is clearly done, his skills are gone and the show is over for good.

IMO, based on his performance compared to his comtemporaries, Manny Ramirez will one day be elected into the HOF.  There are many people who feel the same and because of this Manny will play again, even if not for a major league team.

MANNY RAMIREZ has been one of the most interesting baseball players that I have followed since I began to following baseball as a child about 35 years ago.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: September 23, 2011 10:04 am
 

Ramirez willing to serve ban to play baseball

Actually, Ramirez will not have to sit out for 100 games next season. There is precedent to serving time over more than one season (just refer to the lawless Ohio State Buckeyes football players). I know MLB is desperate to bring excitement back to the game. This season has been a down year. Scoring and home runs have gone down dramatically and I'm sure Scott Boras and Bud Selig can work out a deal that allows Ramirez to be suspended for only 50 games over two seasons. That way Ramierz would still be able to find employment. Otherwise, Boras can sue MLB for discrimination and bias (nothing has been done to punish Jose Canseco) on behalf of Ramirez. 



Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: September 23, 2011 9:48 am
 

Ramirez willing to serve ban to play baseball

I think playing is Japan is his best and probably only option.  What major league team would pay this guy what he wants to play 62 games max after not playing hard for how long? 


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