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Happy Birthday Manny Ramirez!!!

Happy Birthday Manny Ramirez!!!

Manny Ramirez turns 41 years old today.

One of the most exciting players to have suited up over the last thirty years, Manny Ramirez blended the perfect amount of contact hitting, power hitting, and clutch hitting into his repertoire that made him a lot of fun to watch.

Unfortunately, suspension for the use of illegal performance enhancing drugs tarnished his image almost overnight and Manny went from being heralded as one of the game’s greatest offensive talents to a joke rather quickly.  A second suspension for the same infraction almost surely ended his route to the Hall of Fame and immediately changed the way he was viewed by the sport and its fans.

A 1-time shoe-in for the 3,000 hits club, the 600 home runs club, and the Hall of Fame, Ramirez is not battling for his image; an image that has been destroyed by failing two drug tests for steroids.

We wish you well Manny.  Thank you for the fun times while they lasted – it was a blast.

Happy Birthday!!

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Happy Birthday Manny Ramirez!!!

Happy Birthday Manny Ramirez!!!

Manny Ramirez turns 40 years old today.

One of the most exciting players to have suited up over the last twenty years.  Ramirez blended the perfect amount of contact hitting, power hitting, and clutch hitting into his repertoire that made him a lot of fun to watch.

Unfortunately, suspension for the use of illegal performance enhancing drugs tarnished his image almost overnight and Manny went from being heralded as one of the game’s greatest offensive talents to a joke rather quickly.  A second suspension for the same infraction almost surely ended his route to the Hall of Fame and immediately changed the way he was viewed by the sport and its fans.

A 1-time shoe-in for the 3,000 hits club, the 600 home runs club, and the Hall of Fame, Ramirez is not battling for his image; an image that has been destroyed by failing two drug tests for steroids.

We wish you well Manny.  Thank you for the fun times while they lasted – it was a blast.

Happy Birthday!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #7 – Lot Of 3 1992 Topps Manny Ramirez Rookie Cards!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #7 – Lot Of 3 1992 Topps Manny Ramirez Rookie Cards!!!

I cannot believe that I found these three cards in the dime bin at the show.  And they were all together in the multi-row box making pulling them for my purchase even easier.

Say what you will about Manny Ramirez, but adding rookie cards of him to my collection seemed like a great decision.  Maybe I will hang on to them?  Maybe I will offer them up as a future contest prize on the blog?

Either way, buying three Manny Ramirez rookie baseball cards for just thirty cents was a deal that I could not pass up.

Here they are:

Happy Birthday Manny Ramirez!!!

Happy Birthday Manny Ramirez!!!

Manny Ramirez turns 39 years old today.

One of the most exciting players to have suited up over the last twenty years, Ramirez is on the comeback trail with hopes of prolonging his career as a professional baseball player.

A 1-time shoe-in for the 3,000 hits club, the 600 home runs club, and the Hall of Fame, Ramirez is not battling for his image; an image that has been destroyed by failing two drug tests for steroids.

We wish you well Manny. 

Happy Birthday!!

My First Time – Manny Ramirez – September 2, 1993

My First Time – Manny Ramirez – September 2, 1993

The Setting – The Metrodome.  Minneapolis, Minnesota.

From Ramirez – ‘I could feel the butterflies in my stomach every minute – on the way to the stadium, in the clubhouse, and when I saw my name on the line-up card.’

The Boxscore – Indians 4, Twins 3.  Ramirez goes 0-for-4.

Manny Ramirez Agrees To 1-Year Deal With The Oakland A’s

Manny Ramirez Agrees To 1-Year Deal With The Oakland A’s

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Baseball Writer

PHOENIX (AP)—Manny Ramirez found a taker in Oakland—at a bargain price.

The suspended slugger agreed on a minor league contract Monday with the Athletics that is worth approximately $500,000 if he’s added to the big league roster.

The A’s announced the deal and said Ramirez is expected to report to spring training by the end of the week, in time for Oakland’s first full-squad workout Saturday. He is a non-roster invitee.

The 12-time All-Star is due to serve a 50-game suspension for his second positive drug test before he can play for the A’s. Barring rainouts, his first game could be May 30—on his 40th birthday. But that didn’t deter general manager Billy Beane and the Athletics.

ESPN first reported earlier in the day that the sides had reached an agreement, speaking directly to Ramirez.

The A’s made public their interest in the enigmatic outfielder, who had been working out in Florida this winter. Starving for offense, Oakland finished third in the AL West last season at 74-88 and ranked 12th out of 14 American League teams in runs.

For the small-budget A’s, Ramirez presents little financial risk. They don’t have to pay him during his suspension and will give him per diem money during the club’s spring training stint in Phoenix, which is shorter than usual because of two season-opening games in Japan next month.

Oakland sent representatives to Florida this winter to watch workouts by Ramirez, who retired from the Tampa Bay Rays last season rather than serve a 100-game suspension. For Ramirez, this could become a chance to help mend his reputation—at least a little bit—and serve as a positive clubhouse influence on a young team.

The A’s recently agreed to terms on a $36 million, four-year contract with highly regarded outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, a Cuban defector who has expressed interest in playing with Ramirez.

At baseball’s winter meetings in December, it was announced that Ramirez had applied for reinstatement. He had his suspension for a second failed drug test cut to 50 games because he sat out nearly all of last season. MLB had announced his retirement on April 8, saying he was notified “of an issue” under the drug program.

Ramirez ranks 14th on the career list with 555 home runs. He went 1 for 17 (.059) in five games last season for Tampa Bay, which had signed him to a one-year deal worth $2.02 million.

This would be the 20th major league season for Ramirez, a career .312 hitter with 1,831 RBIs.

Former World Series MVP Manny Ramirez Arrested

Former World Series MVP Manny Ramirez Arrested

WESTON, Fla. (AP)—Former World Series MVP Manny Ramirez  was arrested and charged with battery Monday after a domestic dispute at his South Florida home, police said.

Ramirez, 39, and his wife were arguing in their bedroom when he slapped her face, causing her to hit her head on their bed’s headboard, according to a police report. She told the deputy she was afraid the situation would escalate and called police.

Ramirez denied hitting his wife, according to the report, telling a deputy“he grabbed his wife by the shoulders and when he shrugged her, she hit her head.”

It wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney. Jail records did not list one for him. A woman who answered the phone at a home listing for Ramirez said it was the wrong number and hung up.

Ramirez’s wife, Juliana, had red swelling on her face and a small bruise on the back of her head, the police report said. She did not want medical treatment.