Manny Being Manny. Today, Manny Ramirez retired from baseball rather than address a drug issue from Major League Baseball. According to some reports, Manny Ramirez would have faced a 100 game suspension for a second violation. Rather than being suspended, Manny decided to retire, bringing an end to a great career.
People can say whatever they want about Manny, but, one thing I do recognized is that he was one of the best right handed batters in Major League Baseball. I was fortunate to watch his first game as a Dodger and the night he hit a pinch hit grand slam against the Reds on his bobblehead night.
There is no question that Manny was a controversial figure, whether with the Red Sox, Dodgers and now Rays. I feel bad for the Tampa Bay Rays organization who 6 games into the season have to deal this news. When the Rays signed Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez, Johnny talked about playing all 162 games to which Manny responded, “I’ll tell you what. I make you a deal. You play 100 and I will play 62.” Everybody laughed. It was typical Manny sense of humor. Now, it’s not that funny.
It’s sad that Manny had to end his career in a such a controversy. We can all speculate if Manny was part of the Steroids Era. Some will say he was. Others won’t believe it until there is proof. The question now becomes, will he be a Hall of Famer? He does have hall of fame numbers but the baseball writers will judge him on his 50 game suspension and how he ended his career. We may see Manny in the hall of fame, we may not. I don’t think Manny cares if he gets in or not. If he does, he will be happy. If he doesn’t, he still will be happy. That’s Manny being Manny.
Here is more information on his retirement with reactions from other players.
I am including this video on Manny’s Grand Slam. I was blessed to enjoy this amazing game. This is still one of my top 5 greatest moments at Dodgers Stadium. To this date, he is the only Dodger to hit a homerun on his own bobblehead night.