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Manny Ramirez will have to produce in minors before call-up

May 24, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

Manny Ramirez

Manny Ramirez is eligible to return from his 50-game suspension on May 30, but manager Bob Melvin indicated yesterday that the A’s aren’t committed to adding him then unless he actually starts hitting in the minors first.

Ramirez is currently on a 10-game rehab stint at Triple-A, but so far the 39-year-old hasn’t shown many signs of life by going 3-for-12 (.250) with zero extra-base hits in four games and he also sat out a game with wrist soreness.

Melvin told Jane Lee of MLB.com that the A’s would like to see Ramirez get around 40 at-bats in the minors before making a decision on his status, adding: “We’re not locked into the 30th.”

If/when Ramirez does join the A’s it will be as a designated hitter and their DHs have combined to bat just .209 with three homers and a .639 OPS this season, so in theory at least there should be plenty of room for him in the lineup instead of Daric Barton or Kila Ka’aihue.

In practice, however, Ramirez sat out essentially all of last season and hasn’t been productive since mid-2010, so whether or not he can still be an impact bat is definitely unclear. The return date for his suspension is just part of the equation.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 24, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Feels like just yesterday this guy was one of the most fearsome guy at the plate for nearly 20 years. He used to hit home runs and look bored doing it, as if he could do even more.

    I know he took banned substances and I know he’s a pain in the ass, but I do miss the Manny-Papi combo that destroyed opposing pitchers for years.

  2. APBA Guy - May 24, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Actually, my bet is he comes up shortly after he starts taking consistent swings. Production at the big club level has been non-existent, as you point out. That .639 OPS is lower than such luminaries as Freddy Galvis, Robert Andino, etc.. Meaning the A’s DH’s are hitting less than middle infielders. A .700+ OPS comprised of a decent OBP and any measurable SLG would be a big step up at DH for the A’s.

  3. mybrunoblog - May 24, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Ramirez is the type of guy that it would not shock me to read 10 years from now that he somehow blew through the 100+ million $ he made while playing and is selling his World Series rings to pay some debts.

    • wendell7 - May 24, 2012 at 3:21 PM

      According to baseball-reference, his career earnings is $206,827,769. Number 3 all-time behind A-Rod & Jeter.

      • clydeserra - May 24, 2012 at 4:12 PM

        take home on that is closer to $100M than $200M.

        Still a lot of money, but I bet he has champagne tastes.

    • Jack Marshall - May 24, 2012 at 3:46 PM

      It wouldn’t surprise me if he ended up in jail or as a side-show geek, either.

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