MLB Reinstates Manny Ramirez

MLB has officially reinstated Manny Ramirez from the voluntary retirement list according to ESPN's Buster Olney (Twitter links). Ramirez intends to attempt a comeback next year, but will first need to serve a 50-game suspension for his failed PED test this past season.

Manny, now 39, has been calling teams directly to find employment, though neither the Dodgers or Rays are expected to have much interest in him. There aren't many clubs in need of a DH, plus there are still several DH candidates on the free agent market that come with less baggage. Ramirez will likely have to settle for a non-roster invite to Spring Training.


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YankeePhan1234
3 years 8 months ago

I hope no one signs him

mattinglyfan
3 years 8 months ago

Typical conversation he will have with GM: 

Manny: “Hi this is Manny Ramirez…”

GM hangs up phone.

End scene.

tbrays2011
3 years 8 months ago

Someone should sign him.  He is only coming back to get more drug money.

ZZZZZIPPP
3 years 8 months ago

MAN-RAM IF NO ONE SIGNS YOU YOU CAN PLAY ON MY TEAM THE STADIUM IS ON AN ELECTRON AND THE COMPETITION IS IMAGINARY

BUT ZZZZIPPP HOPES SOMEONE WILL SIGN YOU

JacksTigers
3 years 8 months ago

You spelled your own name wrong.

3 years 8 months ago

Welcome to philly

3 years 8 months ago

I sure hope not!

UltimateYankeeFan
3 years 8 months ago

Now the circus begins.

grownice
3 years 8 months ago

 Manny’s walk up music should be that circus theme song, ”

“doot-doot-doodle-oodle oot doot do do”

grownice
3 years 8 months ago

Please someone sign manny , i want the entertainment!

3 years 8 months ago

Rangers.

3 years 8 months ago

He can always play in the California Penal League like Charlie Sheen/Rick ‘Wild Thing’ Vaughn did…

Cards_Fanboy
3 years 8 months ago

Cards put him in the outfield until Allen Craig gets back. Let him wear #5

ellisburks
3 years 8 months ago

Except of course for the first 50 games for which he will be suspended. 

Cards_Fanboy
3 years 8 months ago

truth

Jake White
3 years 8 months ago

Probably the best hitter of this generation, if someone will sign him I’d like to watch him play.

Brad426
3 years 8 months ago

Couple of guys named Bonds and Pujols that may disagree, but Manny is (was?) pretty good.

flickadave
3 years 8 months ago

I hear that ARod guy isn’t bad. Junior is wondering why he is getting ignored, too.

Brad426
3 years 8 months ago

HOF guys for sure, but Griffey and A-Rod both have lower OBP AND slugging percentages than Pujols or Bonds. Any argument about who is the best hitter has to at least start with those stats, right?

Career OPS:

Griffey: .907
A-Rod:  .953
Pujols: 1.037
Bonds: 1.051

flickadave
3 years 8 months ago

I would still take Junior or ARod in their prime over Manny in his prime. Forget about even comparing Bonds or Pujols to anyone.

3 years 8 months ago

Ever heard of a guy named Albert? Heard he’s pretty good.

Joe Valenti
3 years 8 months ago

in any given at bat albert was better. if i needed a man to drive in a run i’d pick manny everytime (i don’t bother with bonds cause teams would walk him with the bases loaded if they had to)

Brad426
3 years 8 months ago

So your argument of why Bonds can’t be listed with Manny or Albert as the greatest hitter of the generation is because teams would walk him with the bases loaded? Strong.

Tyler Jedrzejak
3 years 8 months ago

still gets the run you wanted in if teams walk bonds with the bases loaded….jus sayin

darkhoarse820
3 years 8 months ago

Maybe the Angels will sign Manny so I can laugh at them again.

rundmc1981
3 years 8 months ago

Also Manny, aside from calling up GMs directly, consider creating a sizzle reel of your accomplishments like Barney Stinson in “How I Met Your Mother”. 

JackPackage
3 years 8 months ago

Performance enhancing drugs law suit-UP!

icedrake523
3 years 8 months ago

Why was his suspension cut in half? Does retiring than wanting to play again get you out of your punishment? Bud Selig is lucky he’s only the 2nd biggest joke of a commissioner in professional sports.

JacksTigers
3 years 8 months ago

Acutally, when you look at the NBA; NHL; and NFL, he is the best. Sad, huh.

flickadave
3 years 8 months ago

MLS FTW!

icedrake523
3 years 8 months ago

I think Goodell is the best of the worst. He can at least hide behind the NFL’s insane financial success and parity in the league. His punishments are a slap on the wrist though. I don’t know anything about the NHL, the NBA is just a circus, the lockout should have lasted the entire season to fix it.

Dan Franzen
3 years 8 months ago

Yeah, I thought it was a 100 game suspension, because he’d already had a 50-gamer?

Joe Valenti
3 years 8 months ago

it was 100 games but he decided to retire. now that he’s back its 50 games. idk why

MaineSox
3 years 8 months ago

Because the MLBPA wanted MLB to count his “retirement” as fulfilling his suspension and MLB didn’t want to, so they compromised and counted his temporary retirement as half of the suspension.

Fred_G_Sanford
3 years 8 months ago

aint that one japan or chinese team lookin for some offense?  nipply ham eaters or somethin?

Tyler Jedrzejak
3 years 8 months ago

lololololol nipply ham eaters

rizdak
3 years 8 months ago

After those female growth hormones, I guess he wasn’t retiring, but just taking maternity leave

Dennis Seeger
3 years 8 months ago

best comment so far.lol

Michael
3 years 8 months ago

Manny is forgiven. Pete Rose, not so much. Even though Manny thumbed his nose at MLB by cheating TWICE!!

WhiteOwl1972
3 years 8 months ago

And for a mere $299, Pete Rose will apologize to you directly.

Fangaffes
3 years 8 months ago

The same idiots who think the Patriots should re-sgn Randy Moss with be begging Cherrington to go get Manny.

SoxPopuli
3 years 8 months ago

Not to defend the re-sign Randy logic, but at this point, that’s normally a part of a grand scheme which begins with the Pats releasing Chad Chokeostinko, THEN re-signing Moss, the logic being “he can’t be any worse on the field or in the locker room.”

I think it’s safer to say that the idiots who will want Cherington to re-sign Manny are the same idiots who are still miffed that Adrian Beltre was brought in to replace the no-longer-effective-at-all Mike Lowell and who also feel that both Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek would still be extremely productive members of the Red Sox in 2012 despite multiple year track records that scream otherwise.

Joe Valenti
3 years 8 months ago

woah. easy there killer. if varitek is healthy he’s still worth brining back. i hate how no one acknowledges that the most important thing a catcher does is handle a pitching staff (note that varitek started only 1/3 games and the staff was horrible this year). he is still one of the best receivers in the game. hitting, not so much but you have 8 other guys to do that. and for wakefield…he isn’t good but neither is anyone else they throw out there. at one point i saw craigslist ads for anyone with pitching experience

flickadave
3 years 8 months ago

You must be one of the guys who wanted to release Ellsbury because he is too fragile and also wanted to get rid of Papi because “he’s going to suck in 2011 because he is old and fat and can’t hit lefties”, right?

SoxPopuli
3 years 8 months ago

No, because neither of those things make any sense, much unlike the obvious and steady decline that Tek and Wakefield have displayed and the full collapse that Lowell experienced.

3 years 8 months ago

So kids, the lesson learned here is, if you’re stubborn enough to retire for a year rather than serve your sentence (for a second offense of PED use), and you come back a year later, they cut it in half!

The_BiRDS
3 years 8 months ago

So Manny signs with another team this year, retires on Openning Day, reinstates next offseason and he only has to serve a 25 game suspension! Billiant!

3 years 8 months ago

Exactly! Soon he’ll only have to serve a half a game

ZZZZZIPPP
3 years 8 months ago

“SO KIDS, THE LESSON IS THAT IF YOU’D LIKE TO CONTINUE PLAYING BASEBALL YOU SHOULD HAVE JUST SERVED THE SUSPENSION IN THE FIRST PLACE BECAUSE 157 GAMES MISSED + AN ADDITIONAL 50 GAMES IS MORE THAN 100 GAMES.”

The_BiRDS
3 years 8 months ago

One person has disliked you’re comment.

3 years 8 months ago

Doesn’t matter how many games he missed last season because he was “retired” from the sport. The suspension should still stand at 100 games

Terry
3 years 8 months ago

Maybe he can go to the Cards to play 1st base……

The_BiRDS
3 years 8 months ago

If hes Latin, the Marlins will sign him.

Mark C Cappuccio
3 years 8 months ago

Nah, I think he needs money for lawyer on his domestic charge.

3 years 8 months ago

Baseball has shunned McGwire, Clemens, Bonds …. so if ANY team signs this guy they should all IMMEDIATELY put the three guys I mentioned in the HOF. Can’t have it both ways

SoxPopuli
3 years 8 months ago

McGwire’s entire HOF case is reliant upon a steroid-riddled 5 year peak. Clemens and Bonds don’t have that problem.

The_BiRDS
3 years 8 months ago

WHEN I inject STeROIDS I like to STare at a PiCTURE Of BArry BONdS Fat HEAd For MotiVation! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

-Some dude in Jersey

3 years 8 months ago

he hit like 580 homeruns, pretty hard to do that in a 5 year peak…

3 years 8 months ago

HOF shunned Mc, he retired when he wanted, well he retired when he was pinch hit for in the playoffs, same when Clemens, he retired after years of playing 1/2 season, remember? Bonds on the other hand, he was black listed or something, collusion comes to mind, he didnt retire, they made him, just like Canseco…

slider32
3 years 8 months ago

I agree, the great players of the last 30 years should not be banned from the hall because of steriods. Many players that took them were never caught. Before the steriods, there was amphetamine use that acuatually made players hit better by helping them react quicker. When you have only 4 tenths of a second to hit a ball, they were huge. Many HOFers took them and worse. There is no way to say who is on HGH, or not right now.

patburn
3 years 8 months ago

I think with MLB letting Manny back in, then Pete Rose should be put in the Hall.  

Joe Valenti
3 years 8 months ago

add him to the wishlist. mets need to sign him and trade him at the deadline. what’s the worst that can happen? if he sucks he will fit right in. maybe he can play short. i heard he’s an experienced cutoff man

Leonard Washington
3 years 8 months ago

Thats just part of why Manny transcends baseball. He is a ball player but also a showman.  Manny is the GOAT Watch his throne.