Manny Ramirez, beloved by many, hated by others, abruptly announced his retirement Friday afternoon. For some fans, his arrogance will be missed. For others, his leaving the game is long overdue. His legacy will be one of many questions. However, like many players from his generation, it will be tainted.
Breaking Ramirez down, he has potentially hall of fame numbers. 555 career home runs, 29 of which came in the post-season is best all-time. A .312 career batting average and a slugging percentage of .585. Ramirez was also a 9-time All Star. Most memorable, is Manny’s efforts in Boston. The combination of Ramirez and David “Big Papi” Ortiz frustrated Yankee pitchers and fans alike for many years.
The problem, from this baseball fan’s perspective is the performance-enhancing substance use. I simply cannot get past the fact he used. It’s that simple. Like Mark McGwire, and Rafael Palmeiro before him, Ramirez’s legacy is tainted. The same will be for Alex Rodriguez when his time comes to retire. Should Manny be voted into Cooperstown? No he shouldn’t. He can’t. It will be unfortunate if Barry Bonds gets in. The same goes for Ramirez.
I saw Ramirez play against the Yanks back in 2004. I hated what he did on the field against the Yankees. I’m disappointed in what he did to enhance his performance. The fact that he didn’t want to go through the program; the fact he’s been suspended 50 games once in his career. The fact he’s facing a 100-game suspension, it was time for Manny to be Manny and hang up the cleats and glove.
Enjoy your retirement Manny Ramirez.
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