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Report: No winter ball for Manny Ramirez after all

Sep 22, 2011, 12:22 AM EDT

Manny Ramirez AP

Earlier today, we found out that Manny Ramirez intends to follow through with his plans to play winter ball in his native Dominican Republic. Now we find out it’s probably not going to happen after all.

According to, Ramirez will have to drop his plans because of his suspension for failing a drug test earlier this year. Ramirez opted to retire from MLB rather than serve his 100-game suspension, but because the Dominican winter league is connected to MLB, he will not be allowed to play there.

An MLB official confirmed that since Ramirez has unresolved MLB drug-program violations and the Dominican winter league is affiliated with MLB, commissioner Bud Selig’s office considers him ineligible to play in the league.

According to the report, Ramirez could only play for an independent team unaffiliated with Major League Baseball. Long Island Ducks, anyone?

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  1. cur68 - Sep 22, 2011 at 3:11 AM

    “That’s just Manny being a Long Island Duck”? Doesn’t have the same ring to it.

    • cur68 - Sep 22, 2011 at 3:12 AM

      Oh wait: “That’s just Manny being a Mallard.”

  2. hittfamily - Sep 22, 2011 at 5:53 AM

    N winter ball for Manny?

    Thats just Manny being a Ray!

    No Asshole, your’e a Rays fan.

    Oh yeah, go Rays!!!

  3. mashoaf - Sep 22, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    So… If he unretires would MLB let the Winter Ball games count towards his suspension? I think not. So let Manny play!

    • Old Gator - Sep 22, 2011 at 9:29 AM

      You’re asking one complete asshole to cut another complete asshole some slack. Think about it.

      • mashoaf - Sep 23, 2011 at 12:37 AM

        It’s the Dominican, they all juice anyways.

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