Manny Ramirez Retires
In case you missed it, Manny Ramirez has retired. The reason? Because he tested for banned PEDs for the second time, and thus was facing a 100-game suspension. Rather than serve the suspension, Manny decided to call it quits.
This news bothers me immensely, because I loved — absolutely loved — watching Manny hit, throughout his career. He was like a man among boys, with his tremendous eyesight, discipline, and bat speed. And now, it appears as though all those wonderful at-bats were likely enhanced by illegal drugs. The first time he was caught, I lied to myself and thought, “eh, Manny just did something stupid one time”. But now that he’s tested positive a second time, it’s clear that he relied on PEDs — it wasn’t just a one-time thing. And if he had the audacity (or stupidity?) to take these drugs while MLB was testing, then the chance of him taking PEDs when there was no testing seems incredibly high. And for me, that’s unacceptable. It’s cheating. Cheating me, cheating the players who weren’t “on the juice”, and cheating himself, because he’ll never know how good he was without the enhancement. I can never again watch a Manny at-bat the same way.
On the bright side, maybe this could turn out to be a good thing for Chris Carter, who did not make the Tampa Bay Rays out of spring training in part because of the free-agent signings of Manny and Johnny Damon.