Manny seeks reinstatement; Rays not expected to be interested
UPDATE: MLB late Sunday put out a release confirming that Ramirez has applied for reinstatement and that there is a deal to reduce the ban to 50 games. The Rays are not expected to have interest.
BREAKING: Manny Ramirez, whose career appeared to end with the Rays in disgrace last April when he failed a second drug test, is planning to play again, FoxSports.com reported Sunday.
Ramirez opted to retire after receiving word of the failed test and accompanying 100-game suspension, leaving the Rays without a key piece of their lineup.
But Fox reported Sunday he plans to seek reinstatement and would have to serve only a 50-game suspension. Since leaving the Rays, Ramirez also was arrested on charges of domestic abuse, which is likely to give some teams even more pause.
The Fox report:
Manny Ramirez, who retired in April following a second violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, plans to resume his playing career, a major-league source told FOXSports.com.
Ramirez has hired Barry Praver and Scott Shapiro as his agents and has applied for reinstatement from MLB’s voluntary retired list, the source said.
Ramirez, 39, will be eligible to play again after serving a 50-game suspension under baseball’s drug testing program. He appeared in five games with the Tampa Bay Rays this year, going 1 for 17 with zero extra-base hits.
Ramirez, who hasn’t played organized baseball in eight months, was arrested in Broward County, Fla., in September and charged with domestic battery.
Ramirez’s use of banned substances, which came to light late in his career, sullied what once appeared to be certain Hall of Fame credentials. He was the 2004 World Series MVP, made 12 All-Star teams and hit 555 home runs in a 19-year career.