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Rangers release Manny Ramirez

Aug 13, 2013, 4:48 PM EDT

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Rangers designated hitter Lance Berkman is remains on the disabled list, but they still weren’t impressed enough by Manny Ramirez to give him a shot in the majors and instead have released the 41-year-old from Triple-A.

Ramirez hit .259 with three homers and a .698 OPS in 30 games for Round Rock, including a measly .282 slugging percentage in 22 games since the All-Star break.

As general manager Jon Daniels explained to reporters in announcing the move: “Based on our evaluation, there was not a spot on the club for Manny at this time.” And since “this time” for a 41-year-old tends to be as good as things are ever going to be again, it’s probably safe to say the door is shut on Ramirez’s big-league career.

Ramirez has obviously become a sideshow recently, but if he’s done he finishes as a .312 career hitter with 555 homers and 1,329 walks in 2,302 games for the ninth-best OPS in baseball history. Laugh all you want, but the guy was an absolute monster for 15 seasons.

  1. nagrommit - Aug 13, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Just another example of Jon Daniels being Jon Daniels.

    • dickclydesdale - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:52 PM

      How poetic Manny quit on the Red Sox, Dodgers, Rays & the Taiwan team. Now the Rangers quit on him. Manny’s an idiot! The Dodgers gave him the keys to the stadium & million of dollars & he quit on them. Karma got him now that the Rangers releases him. Good riddance!

  2. stairwayto7 - Aug 13, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    He needs roids!

  3. tominma - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    I have always wondered lately why a guy who’s made $150M+ playing baseball need to try and keep playing. BTW, there was always a suspicion that Ramirez was doing PEDs when he always wore that really loose fitting Rd Sox uniform and pictures of him bare chested showed he was really ripped! The real damage from the PED scandals is that now everybody who’s been successful is under suspicion!

    • cubfan531 - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:13 PM

      I don’t personally know Manny, but I’d be willing to say that he genuinely loves the game of baseball. In ’05, I saw David Segui playing in the now-defunct Northern League. The man had made over $41 million in the majors, but was still playing for a grand or so a month, if that, for a love of the game. As long as there’s a team willing to give him at-bats and a uniform, Manny will play.

      Because, let’s be honest, if any of us had the skill and opportunity to play professional baseball without having to worry about the really poor salaries of low minor league and indy ball pay, we would. We’d do it until nobody gave us a chance anymore.

      To me, Manny is living proof that we only have to grow older, not up.

      • kevinbnyc - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:45 PM

        I’ve always loved Manny too. He ties back into the post about Puig, Harper, etc. Guys who, very obviously in Manny’s case, marched to the beat of their own drum and just had a blast playing baseball.

      • bigharold - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:09 PM

        “To me, Manny is living proof that we only have to grow older, not up.”

        If not Manny, .. I’m that example too! Of course, .. I still have to work for a living.

      • cubfan531 - Aug 14, 2013 at 4:03 AM

        Nothing wrong with that. Too many people let little things get to them and stop them from having fun. So someone cut you off in traffic, so what? Let them go home and be miserable. You don’t have to be.

    • aceshigh11 - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:13 PM

      He always looked slovenly in his uniform, and some have speculated that it was a calculated move on his part to avoid drawing attention to his physique.

      I still say that, in his prime, Manny had one of the sweetest bat swings ever. It was a thing of beauty…smooth, balanced, fluid, flawless.

      Okay, Red Sox…snatch him up and give him one more chance. Ha!

      • Kevin Gillman - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:26 PM

        Hey, he could always finish where he started, in Cleveland. Sign him for one day, so he could end his career in style. Even give him one more AB, it might even raise attendance, even for one day.

      • drewzducks - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:15 PM

        Stop it Gillman. You’re giving Tito chest pains.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:12 PM

      Pretty awesome article about Manny in Taiwan. Cool stuff about Manny, Taiwan baseball in general and stinky tofu

      http://www.buzzfeed.com/samgf/remade-in-taiwan-manny-ramirezs-season-abroad

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:30 PM

        Best Manny article, ever. Stinky tofu must be the worst thing ever if Andrew Zimmerman doesn’t eat it.

  4. apkyletexas - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    @Aaron – “Laugh all you want, but the guy was an absolute monster for 15 seasons.”

    He was a Pregnant monster, Aaron. See? He wasn’t just a monster. He was a monster who had significant levels of pregnancy hormones in his system.

    • cohnjusack - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:09 PM

      Here, I hope this helps:

      joke
      /jōk/
      Noun
      A thing that someone says to cause amusement or laughter, esp. a story with a funny punchline.

    • apkyletexas - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:39 PM

      I’m taking all you downvoters off my Christmas card list.

      • 00maltliquor - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:18 AM

        LOL!^

  5. dcfan999 - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    I could see the nats picking him up had Intrest in him before he could probably be a bench player

    • dondada10 - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:50 PM

      Hey slugged .280 in the minors. Slugged.

  6. nbjays - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Rangers release Manny? What a surprise!

    Said absolutely no one…

    • blacksables - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      Speaking for the entire universe, are you?

      • nbjays - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:58 PM

        Nope… just this planet.

  7. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Would the Yankees clubhouse explode with Manny and ARod? Embrace the circus. At least we would have SOME reason to watch Yankee games for the rest of the season…

  8. ramrene - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Manny’s played his whole career using steroids so save the 555 home runs & .312 average nonsense.

    Take the average of the top 5 power hitters of all time (Aaron, Ruth, Kilebrew, Robinson, Mays) who played in non-steroid eras to get a glimpse of what clean statistics look like through at the beginning part of a career, his prime, and finally the decline. That will give you a ratio for each part that you can use for any player playing in the PED era to compare what the greatest of all time were capable of as compared to say a Barry Bonds or Manny Ramirez. I think you’ll all be surprised at how great the abnormalities are for the PED era players. They stick out like a sore thumb.

    Then, use that ratio to downsize the PED era players to get a ball park idea of what they would have really done if they played clean… very interesting indeed.

    Finally, ask yourself should you give the benefit of the doubt to some guys who have been caught multiple times taking steroids. Is it more likely they only used them the few times they were caught or is it more likely they used them more and didn’t get caught.

    Liars are liars and at this point it’s clear that Manny played his entire career during the PED era and he was a multiple time cheater. Why should anyone believe he played any time during his career clean. The greater likelihood is that he cheated his whole career.

    HOF?

    Don’t make me laugh.

    • Reflex - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:13 PM

      I can’t speak about Kilebrew or Robinson,but Mays and Aaron are admitted PED users, both with serious amounts of amphetemines(Mays used to keep a bottle full of them in his locker and take them in front of reporters). Ruth I seem to remember hearing was experimenting with early forms of testosterone from goats, which would be a steroid.

      Can you find me some legitimately ‘clean’ superstars please?

    • jwbiii - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:28 PM

      Babe Ruth, you say?

      http://www.baltimoreorless.com/2011/01/babe-ruth-injected-sheeps-testicles/

    • clemente2 - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:08 AM

      Wow, so much wrong here–failure to take into account ballpark changes, ball composition changes, strike zone changes, pitcher usage changes, the list goes on and on.

      Even accepting your ‘premise’, Mantle’s numbers are boloxed by injuries, Aaron late-career home run surge does not fit the others, Mays’ home runs are severely affected by Candlestick, etc. Just a wrong way to look at things.

      Or look at those you accuse–look at Bonds’ 2007 numbers–years after testing had started. I have no doubt Bonds was using after 1998, but I think a bigger reason for the HR surge of 1999-2004 is he decided to walk or hit home runs, and had the eye and discipline to do it. He was more worried about just getting hits before that.

  9. rickdobrydney - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    An absolute cheating monster…..

  10. greenandyellowarebabypoopcolorsiwouldrathrwearpink - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    ramrene – Aug 13, 2013 at 9:00 PM
    Manny’s played his whole career using steroids so save the 555 home runs & .312 average nonsense.

    Take the average of the top 5 power hitters of all time (Aaron, Ruth, Kilebrew, Robinson, Mays) who played in non-steroid eras to get a glimpse of what clean statistics look like through at the beginning part of a career, his prime, and finally the decline. That will give you a ratio for each part that you can use for any player playing in the PED era to compare what the greatest of all time were capable of as compared to say a Barry Bonds or Manny Ramirez. I think you’ll all be surprised at how great the abnormalities are for the PED era players. They stick out like a sore thumb.

    Then, use that ratio to downsize the PED era players to get a ball park idea of what they would have really done if they played clean… very interesting indeed.

    Finally, ask yourself should you give the benefit of the doubt to some guys who have been caught multiple times taking steroids. Is it more likely they only used them the few times they were caught or is it more likely they used them more and didn’t get caught.

    Liars are liars and at this point it’s clear that Manny played his entire career during the PED era and he was a multiple time cheater. Why should anyone believe he played any time during his career clean. The greater likelihood is that he cheated his whole career.

    HOF?

    Don’t make me laugh.
    *****************************************************************************************************************
    really fella? ball players were taking drugs back in the 30’s 40’s and 50’s as well, there wasnt any testing and ball players have come forward and said this from that era, really in hindsight who cares, if your good, your good regardless of stuff people take, hell theres people in the hof that used drugs to exhance their play, manny in his prime was a top 10 hitter in history, high average, power and clutch abilities

    • eatitfanboy - Aug 14, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      Why do I always hear this argument made to defend popular guys like Ramirez and not guys like Arod or Barry Bonds, neither of whom will ever sniff the hall of fame?

      • dswan3199 - Aug 14, 2013 at 11:58 AM

        Because at the end of a day… Manny was never a miserable prick.

      • eatitfanboy - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:15 PM

        So it’s cool for nice guys to use steriods, just not a**holes. Got it.

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