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Manny Ramirez slated to report for winter ball on Monday

Sep 20, 2011, 6:23 PM EDT

Manny Ramirez AP

With one week to go before training camp, it looks like Manny Ramirez is actually going to follow through with those plans to play in the Dominican Republic this winter.  He’s set to arrive this weekend and join Aguilas Cibaenas on Monday.

Ramirez retired from MLB in April after learning that he’d be suspended for 100 games for a second violation of the league’s steroids policy.  ESPN Deportes reported later that month that he was planning to play in the D.R. this winter, and Aguilas team president Winston Llenas confirmed the news (hat tip: USA TODAY’s Steve Gardner).  Apparently, his recent arrest on battery charges for hitting his wife won’t stop him from leaving the US.

Ramirez would almost certainly still have to serve that 100-game ban if he tried to return to MLB at some point.  However, he wouldn’t be the first player to hang around playing winter ball for years after retiring from MLB.  Fernando Valenzuela was done in the majors in 1997, but he pitched in Mexico up until 2006.  Vinny Castilla played two seasons in Mexico after retiring from MLB following 2006.

  1. Jeremiah Graves - Sep 20, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    I don’t get why he didn’t just serve the suspension.

    Either way he wasn’t going to play, all he’s done is ensure that if he has any intention of coming back that he’s worthless to a team for the better part of a season. Unless he can convince Bud and the boys that his taking off all of 2011 equates to serving the suspension?!

    • hittfamily - Sep 20, 2011 at 6:47 PM

      If he served the suspension, he would still have to take drug tests. If he wanted to keep using, for whatever misguided reason, retiring was his only option. Missing a drug test equates to failing a drug test, unless I am mistaken.

    • mkd - Sep 20, 2011 at 7:30 PM


      In the immortal words of Dave Chappelle: “Because f*ck em, that’s why.”

  2. Reggie's Bush - Sep 20, 2011 at 11:07 PM

    Why, did his wife kick him out the house?

    Too Soon?

    • henryd3rd - Sep 21, 2011 at 7:53 AM

      The wife didn’t kick him out of the house. It was the judge who ruled that he stay away from the house until the case was adjudicated.

  3. j0esixpack - Sep 20, 2011 at 11:42 PM

    Jeremiah – that’s just “Manny being Manny”

    Which is probably going to be his defense for smacking his wife around too

  4. jwbiii - Sep 21, 2011 at 12:35 AM

    Auditioning for a job in Japan, I think.

  5. 27xwschamps - Sep 21, 2011 at 2:29 AM

    Who the he$$ cares bout manny,

  6. garnermusic - Sep 21, 2011 at 7:55 AM

    By the looks of this picture, Manny has switched from HGH to Dexitrim.

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