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Manny Ramirez speaks

Apr 9, 2011, 8:54 AM EDT

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We have our first comments from Manny Ramirez following his shocking retirement yesterday.

The enigmatic slugger spoke with Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes and said the following:

“I’m at ease,” Ramirez told via phone from his home in Miami. “God knows what’s best [for me]. I’m now an officially retired baseball player. I’ll be going away on a trip to Spain with my old man.”

From Ramirez’s comments, I wouldn’t be surprised if we never see the guy again.

Ramirez, who was suspended for 50 games in 2009 for violating the drug policy in 2009, tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug during spring training. Had he went ahead with the process, he would have been the first player ever to be suspended twice for performance-enhancing drugs under the new testing program. Ramirez had a lot of impressive accolades during his career, but that’s not what you want to walk away with.

Stay weird, Manny.

  1. tigertigerwoodsyall - Apr 9, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    With Manny being busted a second time, I can only assume that he cheated throughout his entire career. He just happened to have been caught recently. Maybe that’s unfair to do, but it’s hard to assume that he’s innocent at this point. I look at him like I look at Barry Bonds and Big Mac. They were great ball players, but I can’t look at their numbers without wondering “what numbers would they have if they didn’t use steroids”. I hate to see their names on lists next to ball players who didn’t resort to cheating. ‘Manny being Manny’…nah…I’m going with ‘Cheaters being Cheaters’.

    • motherscratcher23 - Apr 9, 2011 at 10:02 AM

      Which ballplayers are the ones who didn’t resort to cheating? And how do you know?

      • tigertigerwoodsyall - Apr 9, 2011 at 10:37 AM

        @ motherscratcher: obviously we don’t know who used steroids and who didn’t on a larger scale over the past 20 or so years. We hope it’s less than some people think and assuem that it’s more than those with the Scarlet Letters. However, when players admit to it, are busted for it or are currently in court for possibly lying to the Federal Government about it, we can certainly narrow the list down a bit.

      • motherscratcher23 - Apr 9, 2011 at 12:00 PM

        No. Actually we are not narrowing down the list a little bit. We are not narrowing down the list at all. The list of players who used PEDs is the list. Someone who admits or gets caught using PEDs is not added to the list. They were already on it. We just now KNOW they are on it for sure. There are still a lot of players we don’t know about, and never will. The vast majority actually.

        Everyone is allowed to feel however they want to feel about Manny Ramirez. But let’s not pretend we have any actual knowledge about some magic “list” of players who used and didn’t use. We don’t.

  2. melikefootball - Apr 9, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Sports Center wants to make him some great player, hero to all. Cheat once OK in this country second time woooooooo he cheated more than caught. His answers to all this weak at best, Now a Hall Of famer…discrase to the hall and past players if he makes it. No matter what he has done , cheat to make yourself have a step up on the others, shame shame shame. Lets not make him what he isn’t….

    • micker716 - Apr 9, 2011 at 11:39 AM

      Cheat once, not OK.

    • spudchukar - Apr 9, 2011 at 1:06 PM

      Stick to football.

  3. SmackSaw - Apr 9, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Nolan Ryan and Ricky Henderson should be removed. They had to of cheated.

    • henryd3rd - Apr 9, 2011 at 12:01 PM

      Slow down Sparky. There is no evidence that Nolan Ryan and Ricky Henderson used steroids. Let’s just direct our rage at the latest clown who not only got caught taking steroids; but got caught three times.

      Obviously Manny and others. i.e. Brady Anderson, Brett Boone, Big Poppi and countless others should have been subpoenaed to testify before Congress and we wouldn’t be where we are right now. And let’s not leave out the owners who had to know what was going on; but turned their eyes, held their noses and directed their gazes towards the turnstiles and bottom lines.

      It’s still a great game and even these people can’t ruin it

      • motherscratcher23 - Apr 9, 2011 at 12:06 PM

        You really believe this don’t you Henry? You think that is Big Poppi and Brady Anderson were subpoenaed we would have magically figured this whole thing out and know what it all means.

        @ SmackSaw…I see you workin’

  4. fanoredsox - Apr 9, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    I think the worst of it is that he didn’t even give the Rays the courtesy of telling them himself that he was retiring. The found out through a second party. That’s a crappy thing to do even if you work for Mc Donald’s. Maybe we will all get lucky and he will just go away.

    • pisano - Apr 9, 2011 at 10:39 PM

      fanoredsox, Kindly let me just add to your post : “Maybe we will all get lucky and he will just go away” And never be heard from again.

  5. luckywi - Apr 9, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Manny is a fraud? I am shocked!

  6. thepreacherbuck1 - Apr 9, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    LOL at the fraud comment , like the world is asleep sometimes .

  7. gmsingh - Apr 9, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    I’m just glad to see ESPN Deportes getting some action.

  8. trevorb06 - Apr 11, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    It’s funny how people act like steroids were the differnce from Manny playing like Manny to Manny playing like David Eckstein. Not really the case. Yeah, they helped him play a little better because he could train harder and longer but make no mistake he’d still have been a good ball player without them. I could only see him being as low as a Hunter Pence type player without the PEDs, and that’s even a HUGE stretch. Bottom line is PEDs can’t help you see the ball better and mentally play better.

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