Beat writer Marc Topkin of the St. Pete Times referred to Ramirez as “disgraced” and I wholeheartedly agree with that assessment.
Manny has been disgraced and if a team signs him, he could very well disgrace Major League Baseball again.
But as baseball’s winter meetings get under way today, Ramirez is making a bid to get back in the game, filing for reinstatement under a negotiated deal that would reduce his ban to 50 games.
The Rays are not expected to be interested this time around.
Ramirez, 39, hit just .059 (1-for-17) in five games for the Rays before the news broke, and his departure caused what appeared to be a major void in their lineup, coming a few days after 3B Evan Longoria was injured.
Grrr….the thought that this guy could get a reduced ban is infuriating. When the news broke, MLB asked via their Facebook page if you would sign Manny. My first thought was, “Hell to the no.” Fellow Aerys Sports writer Laura Schulte, whose Texas Rangers have not been burned by Manny, said, “I think my answer would just be laughter. Lots of laughter.” The Rangers reportedly went after Manny last winter.
If there was even an inkling that the Rays would go for Round 2 with Manny, I’d probably have to laugh to keep from crying.
Until Man-Ram’s pres conference with Johnny Damon prior to the 2011 season, I had never liked the guy. But then, he said the people from Tampa were nice and I decided to give him a chance. Now, it makes me a little sick to my stomach to read what I wrote following that press conference and although I’m still head over heels for Johnny, I can’t watch the video footage of it.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
I will not be fooled by you a second time, Mr. Ramirez.
It looks like only The Onion can report on something noble that Manny has done in recent years. Trust me, you wanna click that link to learn more about Manny’s search for the underwater kingdom of Batlantis.