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Manny Ramirez officially reinstated from voluntary retirement list

Dec 10, 2011, 9:49 AM EDT

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Let the bidding war begin. OK, not really.

According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, Manny Ramirez has been officially reinstated by MLB from the voluntary retirement list.

We learned last weekend that Ramirez was planning a comeback. While he was initially expected to serve a 100-game suspension for a second positive test related to performance-enhancing drugs, MLB has ruled that since he sat out nearly the entire 2011 season, he’ll instead serve a 50-game penalty. However, the clock on his suspension won’t begin until he actually signs with a team.

There predictably hasn’t been much interest in Ramirez thus far, which could be why he has reportedly resorted to calling teams directly. The 39-year-old is currently working out in South Florida hoping to get a spring training invite somewhere.

Ramirez currently ranks 14th on the all-time list with 555 career home runs.

  1. uyf1950 - Dec 10, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Now the circus begins.

    • alexo0 - Dec 10, 2011 at 10:59 AM

      No it won’t, because no one is going to be interested.

    • florida727 - Dec 10, 2011 at 8:00 PM

      “alex” is right. the guy is OLD and a cancer in the clubhouse. he quit on his team. no one will offer him anything. he’s not a ‘draw’ anymore. defensive liability. diminished offensive skills. minor league contract at best.

      • Old Gator - Dec 10, 2011 at 8:35 PM

        Baltimore….?

  2. sfm073 - Dec 10, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    This guy is a joke and so is major league baseball for shortening his suspension.

  3. cintiphil - Dec 10, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    He might be a good DH still in the AL. Trust me, some one will give him a look.

    • nudeman - Dec 10, 2011 at 1:30 PM

      trust me; no they won’t

      best he’ll get would be an offer of a minor lg contract

      the ultimate cancer

      • Old Gator - Dec 10, 2011 at 8:36 PM

        Nope. The “ultimate cancer” is a HeLa cell. Manny will have to settle for sloppy seconds.

  4. brewcrewfan54 - Dec 10, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    I don’t see anyone wasting a roster spot on this guy until they see they used up all their in-house options.

    • cintiphil - Dec 10, 2011 at 2:34 PM

      Listen up Brew:
      No one is going to waste anything by inviting him to Spring Practice to see what is left in him. Some teams will, and if he can hit like he used to, he will be a DH somewhere. That is not wasting a spot for the AL. They will have a look without a doubt.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Dec 10, 2011 at 3:07 PM

        You are right it wont be a roster spot. I’ll amend that. He’s going to have a hard time finding a team who’s going to waste their time inviting a guy on a 50 game suspension who wasn’t very good the last time he was in a uniform. That better?

  5. estecklerlhs - Dec 10, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Yes, there are some AL teams that could use him in the DH spot every once in a while, because of his reputation, but I could see him putting up sub .150 avg. if that happens its time for him to give up on baseball.

  6. pisano - Dec 10, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    I thought MLB was finally finished with this scumbag. I hope there isn’t a team desperate enough to give him a second thought. Apparently he’s never heard the saying :” you’ve worn out your welcome” I have an idea, Manny, try playing in Japan.

  7. genericcommenter - Dec 10, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    I’ll put it this way: Barry Bonds was available in 2008 and received no interest. Bonds was better as 42 year old than Ramirez as a 37 year old and hadn’t missed most of the previous 2 seasons. Both had the steroid cloud, but Manny has suspensions. If Bonds couldn’t get a look as a DH after coming off a 169 OPS+ in 477 PAs, why would Manny- without doing anything in 2 years?

    • sandpiperair - Dec 10, 2011 at 5:41 PM

      The situation is different here. With Bonds, since he hadn’t really been busted, there was always that threat that he was going to be. If he were in somebody’s uniform when it came down, it would have been a huge black eye for that team. The threat of the law coming down on Bonds and the ensuing media circus must have been a big deterrent from signing him. With Manny, since he’s already “served his time,” there’s no way the threat would be as big.
      My guess is that some teams will take a look at him.

  8. jaygiants - Dec 10, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Someone will pick him up he will be a cheap option. If Adam Dunn is dh-ing manny can.hell sell t shirts and tickets.

  9. buffalomafia - Dec 10, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Why do bums like Manny get numerous chances to make millions of dollars when they screw up all the time?

    I work in the medical field & if I got caught doing illegal drugs Not only would I get fired I would have my licenses taking away also! Enough is enough!

    Did you see Mannys wife? What a fat chow hound she is!!! You would think he would have a hottie? Just saying….

    • dan1111 - Dec 11, 2011 at 7:20 AM

      First of all, Manny isn’t in a field where others’ lives are on the line! His PED use endangers no one but himself.

      Second, Manny is among the few dozen best EVER at what he does. That is why he gets so many chances and makes so much money, unlike you and me.

  10. bmorehomeofthewire - Dec 10, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    The Baltimore Orioles Would love to have Manny Be Manny….

    • brewcrewfan54 - Dec 10, 2011 at 2:13 PM

      Manny being Manny now comes with about a .240 BA, 10 homers and eventual suspension.

  11. jaygiants - Dec 10, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Why wouldn’t they pick him up he might not be that good but there isn’t very many good dhs anyways. No one will sign him to the minors that would waste their time and money.

  12. volcom2143 - Dec 10, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Manny being manny might fit well in Philly . Need a righty bat and corner outfielder to provide some power with Howard out . Doesn’t need to play everyday in Philly and I feel he’d fit in well with the fans . Also Charlie And him are boys . I wouldn’t mind the phils taking him for a season . The window is closing on this team and we need to do whatever it takes now to get another run or two with these core guys .

    • brewcrewfan54 - Dec 10, 2011 at 3:58 PM

      Fit in well with the fans? Yeah only if he bats .300 with 30 bombs.

  13. volcom2143 - Dec 10, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Yeah fit well . I’d much rather have manny off the bench then Ben Francisco . Come on we all know his best days are behind him but I think he could help our team in a platoon role and pinch hitter . No brainer especially real cheap and having something to prove

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