Manny Ramirez admitted to reporter Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports during an interview published Thursday that he "made mistakes" with performance-enhancing drugs, but he's learned from them and — nearing age 42 and three years removed from the big leagues — wants one more chance to play Major League Baseball.
Ramirez was suspended by MLB for 50 games in 2009, when he played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, after testing positive for a female fertility drug. It would be a much bigger deal if Ramirez had admitted to Rosenthal that the drug worked and that's why he has a 4-year-old son. But a 40-something ex-ballplayer who wants another shot, finally admitting what we already had surmised?
"When you make a mistake in life, no matter what you do, you're going to pay the price," Ramirez said. "That's what happened to all of the players that did it. I'm not going to judge people. Everybody is human. Everybody makes mistakes. ...
"You're going to feel guilty about what you did. But you did it. You move on. And you learn from it.
"What would he tell young players about PEDs?
"Not just young players," Ramirez said. "I use myself as an example to my son who is in college, playing baseball: 'Look what daddy went through because daddy didn't do things right.' When you do things right, you don't have to look back. You always look forward.
"Sometimes, we get caught up in the moment. We start hanging out with the wrong people. But you know, everything in life happens for a reason, so you can appreciate what you are."
Ramirez also tested positive for artificial testosterone when playing with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011, but walked away after five games rather than be sacked with a suspension for 100 games from MLB. He's tried to play in other leagues overseas, and sometimes the results have been amusing. This past year, in Taiwan, was fun, but it's been four years since Ramirez has had results befitting "Manny." He was a singles hitter at the end of 2010 with the White Sox, and wasn't much more during Class AAA stints in 2012 with the A's and 2013 with the Rangers. It's over, isn't it? Ramirez seems to have had several second chances.
Good for him to come clean, sort of, on PEDs, even if it's well after the fact. Manny being Manny was great, but it's time for Manny to be retired.
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