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The Athletics have released Manny Ramirez

Jun 15, 2012, 9:37 PM EDT

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This might be the end of the road for Man-Ram.

The Athletics just announced that they have released Manny Ramirez at his request.

This comes as surprising news, but perhaps it shouldn’t be. Ramirez was eligible to return from his 50-game PED suspension at the end of May, but the A’s kept him with Triple-A Sacramento because they weren’t satisfied with his production. The 40-year-old was then bothered by hamstring tightness. He has turned things around a bit recently, hitting safely in six straight games, but he hasn’t shown any of the power we’ve seen from him in the past.

Ramirez ended his stint with the the River Cats with a .302/.348/.349 batting line in 69 plate appearances. He collected three doubles and zero homers while posting a 17/5 K/BB ratio.

UPDATE: Courtesy of Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, here’s a statement from Ramirez’s agents at Praver Shapiro Sports Management:

“Manny believes he has demonstrated that he is ready to return to the major leagues. However, given that the Athletics could not give Manny any assurance that they plan to promote him in the immediate future he asked for his release. Manny thanks the Athletics for providing him with this opportunity.”

The Athletics enter tonight’s action dead-last in the majors with a .224 batting average. If they aren’t willing to give Manny a shot, what does that tell you?

  1. dawglb - Jun 15, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    Hmmm, no power?? I wonder why?

    • deathmonkey41 - Jun 15, 2012 at 10:04 PM

      Bigger ballparks.

      • j0esixpack - Jun 16, 2012 at 10:59 AM

        … And worse steroids ;-)

    • jwbiii - Jun 15, 2012 at 10:24 PM

      Forty year old guy loses bat speed. Can slap singles to right, can’t drive ball over left field fence. You have seen baseball players age before, haven’t you?

      • deadeyedesign23 - Jun 15, 2012 at 11:37 PM

        Yeah except this usually starts happening 5 years earlier.

      • jwbiii - Jun 16, 2012 at 1:21 AM

        Manny Ramirez was a better hitter than Shawn Green. Both born in 1972, Green retired after 2007.

  2. braddavery - Jun 15, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    And there is the third fitting end to Manny’s career.

  3. giantssb42champs - Jun 15, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Needs some of those Big Papi protein shakes. Power will return instantly.

  4. crispybasil - Jun 15, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

  5. astrosfan75956 - Jun 15, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    He’s done.

  6. rmfields - Jun 15, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    If Vladimir Guerrero can’t make it back to the majors, no way Manny does. Vlad is three years younger and bat .290 with 13 home runs and 63 RBI last year.

    • dondada10 - Jun 15, 2012 at 11:43 PM

      Vlad is 3 years younger… allegedly.

  7. chill1184 - Jun 15, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Who will be signed first again? Vlad or Manny? Im banking on Vlad

    • jwbiii - Jun 16, 2012 at 4:37 PM

      Guerrero may have more incentive to be making money

      http://network.yardbarker.com/mlb/article_external/report_vlad_guerrero_pays_out_25k_a_month_in_child_support/10995128

      But I’ll go with (c) Neither.

  8. micker716 - Jun 15, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    If only there was something that Manny could do, or take, to help him regain his bat speed and power. Oh well.

  9. Jack Marshall - Jun 15, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    Good.

  10. pisano - Jun 16, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    I only hope this is the last we’ll hear about this cheating scumbag, but I have a feeling there’s more to come.

  11. allday296 - Jun 16, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    Juice or not one of the best right handed swings I have ever seen, plenty of pitchers he faced were on roids also, if he Has an asterisk you have to asterisk every win any team ever had while a juiced player participated which eliminates most teams over the last 20 years

  12. losercubfan98 - Jun 16, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    Those damn drug tests. How is Manny supposed to exceed expectations when he can’t even sneak in a shot of steroids every once in awhile??

  13. allday296 - Jun 16, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    That takes away all 4 Yankee rings from that era And pretty much everything else that happened on that era, as much BS as it is you can’t asterisk every stat for 25 years. We will never know what the truth is with every pitcher and hitter so just give it to them.

    • chill1184 - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:30 AM

      Not to mention the Red Sox titles of 2004 and 2007, Bonds’ home run record and several others. However most asterisk people are hypocritical internet toughs and only want the asterisks on teams that they hate and not their own.

  14. giantssb42champs - Jun 16, 2012 at 7:45 AM

    Allday a little defensive aren’t thou? Let me guess, you also must think that the Pats three “titles” aren’t tainted because all teams were secretly videotaping other teams practices.

  15. apmn - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Sign with the Yankees. Just so that we can have Team RamRod.

  16. j0esixpack - Jun 16, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Manny we hardly knew ye.

    No, wait, scratch that. Actually we did, and frankly, it wasn’t that great.

  17. sisqsage - Jun 16, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Why would anybody be surprised by this?
    The guy is still a clown. Before, he was a young, talented, ‘roided up clown who produced big numbers.
    Now he can’t do any of that anymore…except the PEDs.
    Next move: Mannyball the sequel?

  18. sebrng7 - Jun 16, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    that no class idiot should have retired a long time ago. he is a mouthy a–hole

    • pisano - Jun 16, 2012 at 2:31 PM

      I couldn’t have said it any better, that moron should have been run out of baseball a long time ago.

  19. rico7207 - Jun 18, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    He fits in great with Boston and their little league park. Let him go back. They deserve him.

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