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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  1. YankeePhan1234 4 years ago

    I hope no one signs him

    • mattinglyfan 4 years ago

      Typical conversation he will have with GM: 

      Manny: “Hi this is Manny Ramirez…”

      GM hangs up phone.

      End scene.

    • tbrays2011 4 years ago

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

  2. ZZZZZIPPP 4 years ago



  3. Welcome to philly

  4. UltimateYankeeFan 4 years ago

    Now the circus begins.

    • grownice 4 years ago

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

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

  5. grownice 4 years ago

    Please someone sign manny , i want the entertainment!

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

  7. Cards_Fanboy 4 years ago

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

  8. Jake White 4 years ago

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

    • Brad426 4 years ago

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

      • flickadave 4 years ago

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

        • Brad426 4 years 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 4 years 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.

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

      • Joe Valenti 4 years 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 4 years 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 4 years ago

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

  9. darkhoarse820 4 years ago

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

  10. rundmc1981 4 years 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”. 

  11. icedrake523 4 years 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 4 years ago

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

      • flickadave 4 years ago

        MLS FTW!

      • icedrake523 4 years 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 4 years ago

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

      • Joe Valenti 4 years ago

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

    • MaineSox 4 years 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.

  12. Fred_G_Sanford 4 years ago

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

  13. rizdak 4 years ago

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

  14. Michael 4 years ago

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

    • WhiteOwl1972 4 years ago

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

  15. Fangaffes 4 years ago

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

    • SoxPopuli 4 years 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 4 years 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 4 years 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 4 years 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.

  16. 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 4 years 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!

    • ZZZZZIPPP 4 years ago


      • The_BiRDS 4 years ago

        One person has disliked you’re comment.

      • 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

  17. Terry 4 years ago

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

  18. Mark C Cappuccio 4 years ago

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

  19. 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 4 years 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 4 years ago

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

        -Some dude in Jersey

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

    • 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 4 years 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 4 years ago

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

  20. Joe Valenti 4 years 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 4 years 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.

  21. TimotheusATL 4 years ago

    that sound you hear is the collective of baseball fans not caring, manny.

  22. Michael DeTorrice 4 years ago

    The Mets should give him a shot

  23. LifeLongYankeeFan 4 years ago

    Well Manny gas has come down so your contract offers are gonna too lol

  24. Manny would be welcomed back as a returning hero to the Northcoast.. where it all started. Now playing RF/DH for the Cleveland Indians.. MANNY RAMIREZ !!…

    As far as all the vitriole & indignation about being caught using PED’s…  80 % of the players in MLB were users, they just didn’t get a public undressing.. Yep..that’s right, 32 of the 40 players on each and every team’s 40 man roster were using some form of PED’s… a number that cannot be refuted…

    Indians just need to gitterdone !!…

    • Tko11 4 years ago

      Care to provide some actual facts about these irrefutable numbers? 

      • flickadave 4 years ago

        Just admit it, made up facts cant be refudiated.

    • Leonard Washington 4 years ago

      Manny for LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Tyler Jedrzejak 4 years ago

    Marlins should sign him…then he could really teach Logan Morrison how to piss of management..

  26. optionn 4 years ago

    Obviously,  the Marlins should lock him up for that Latin market which Albert would have enhanced. Give him the deal the Dodgers gave him–  2 years 40 mill.

  27. hscphillyboy 4 years ago

    Go away manny……forever…..see “Brett Favre”…..

    • Leonard Washington 4 years ago

      Sorry Favre loved the game and was occasionally too confident in his abilities. Favre is the man!!!! GET SOME!!!!!.  Im out.

  28. Jesse Heiman 4 years ago

    The pirates should sign him seems where everyone is going to have last chance seasons

  29. iheartyourfart 4 years ago

    “I can’t wait to sign him!”

    – Literally Nobody

  30. iheartyourfart 4 years ago

    “I can’t wait to sign him!”

    – Literally Nobody

  31. Leonard Washington 4 years ago

    Manny Ramirez is a mad pimpin, baller, national treasure, high stepping, mac daddy, living legend, take no prisoners, soul skating (Brink Reference), Gatorade drinking, Glowing baseball GOD!!!!! He is like the kama sutra with the power of the hulk at a Dave Mathews Concert he is Allllright. Manny is the King, favorite player ever. I know must of you don’t agree buuuuut I don’t care. ONE MAN FOR MANNY! HE DID IT HIS WAY! RUN GET THE MONEY DOLLA DOLLA BILL YO! MAKE MONEY MAKE MONEY MONEY MONEY!!! Im out.

  32. JohnnyHamer 4 years ago

    Why didn’t he just serve the suspension before retiring last year? Is there a logical answer? Thanks

  33. slider32 4 years ago

    Manny should go back to an AL team like the Rays or Jays. He could help boost their line ups without costing alot of money.

  34. Jen D 4 years ago

    Ok, this is NOT fair.  Manny, being the baby that he is, retires after being caught taking PED’s for the second time instead of serving his 100 game suspension.  Now he decides to come back to the MLB and his sentence is reduced??  WHY??  It was HIS choice to retire, not MLB’s.  If he wants to be reinstated and play again, he should serve his FULL suspension.

    Maybe this is MLB’s way of saying, yeah, get caught taking PED’s, willingly retire for a season and you can come back with a reduced sentence.  :S

  35. wakefield4life 4 years ago

    It’s disgusting that the MLB warned Manny a year ago that if he were ever reinstated, he’d have to serve the full 100 game suspension and that the MLB would continue the PED investigation, ultimately revealing which drug he tested positive for, and now they’re like, “Don’t worry Manny – all is forgiven.  You just have to serve 50 games, no questions asked.”  What kind of precedent does that set?  Perhaps Ryan Braun should retire now, come back in a year and serve only a 25 game suspension…  Absolutely abhorrent determination by the MLB.

  36. proof2006 4 years ago

    I don’t think peds make you a drug addict…

  37. The_BiRDS 4 years ago

    Anyteam could sign him on the cheap.. Take the league minimum and prorate the 50 game suspension.. Someone could get him for around $138,271.60

  38. The_BiRDS 4 years ago

    Of course they do everone knows PEDs are the “gateway” drug

  39. ZZZZZIPPP 4 years ago


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  41. slider32 4 years ago

    Manny being Manny is the reason the Sox won 2 world series. He is a border line hall of famer if not for his steriod problem. Take a look at his offensive stats. He carried the Dodgers into the playoffs a few year ago. If he didn’t get suspended last year, the Rays might have won the world series. I think he will get another chance with an AL team. Hind sight being 20-20 it looks like a high percentage of player were on steriods, many more than were caught.

  42. Joe Valenti 4 years ago

    makes sense

  43. Joe Valenti 4 years ago

    then he isn’t an addict yet. he’s just knocking on the door. haha

  44. randomkeys 4 years ago




    What exactly are you going for here?

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  46. flickadave 4 years ago

    All of the spelling errors that Nelson made and you choose to pick on ZZZZZIPPP’s?

  47. nop, your math or numbers dont add up

  48. The_BiRDS 4 years ago

    I based that off a 200,000 Minimum.. New min is 414,000.. so it would be a proated amount for $286,222.21

  49. Hermie13 4 years ago

    New league min is $480K per the new CBA this year, will be $500K in 2013.

  50. randomkeys 4 years ago

    Okay… Wells* Clemens* Giambi* McGwire* Belle* and a ton of punctuation problems.*

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