The legacy of Manny Ramirez may be one of a goofball that was also one of the greatest hitters of all-time. But as Jon Heyman explains, Manny was a calculating individual that was also extremely selfish…

He is the only player to have failed three drugs tests. He consistently quit on teams. And while he worked hard, it was only on his terms…”Everyone always said what a hard worker Manny is. That is true, but only on his hitting,” one former coach of Ramirez’s said. “Do you think he worked on his defense? No. His baserunning? No. He didn’t work on anything but hitting.”

This seems to contradict what we heard of Manny from this off-season, when we saw a number of stories on how hard Manny was working. But according to Heyman, even those workouts raised a red flag in some circles.

This off-season, Manny moved his workout program to Toronto, and later told people that he wanted to either play for the Blue Jays or the Rays. The Rays seemed like a good match (contender, needed a DH, close to his Miami home), but why Toronto?

Heyman says “a few eyebrows were raised” and Manny’s attachment to Toronto raised “suspicion on the part of some baseball people who know Ramirez.”

Should the Rays have seen the warning signs? We don’t know. Maybe they did see the signs and still thought the gamble was worth the $2 million pricetag.

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  1. Don says:

    Is this guy still alive...who cares.... good riddens!

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  2. dustin says:

    Am I missing something? Is Toronto a particularly suspicious place? Why would wanting to play there raise eyebrows?

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    • Cork Gaines says:

      Drugs are easier to obtain and use on the other side of the border. From what I understand it is not illegal to possess steroids or prescription drugs in Canada. So while in Canada, Manny's only concerns would be MLB's testing and not getting arrested or doing anything illegal.

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      • dustin says:

        Ah, thanks. Not to rumor-monger, but it's gotta make one wonder about the explosion of homeruns up at the Rogers Center.

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        • Hosstyle in Tampa says:

          Truth be told, we're one of the few places in the world that has criminalized anabolic steroids.

          /Land of the Free, Home of the Brave...

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  3. Gus says:

    Tiger's doctor has an HGH mill in Toronto. Juan Gonzalez got busted coming back from Toronto with a suitcase full of drugs. I think it is easier up there, but I'm not sure that would have raised my eyebrows.

    Am I crazy, or weren't the stories about him spending the winter in the DR also? That is where many players go to load up. The common "visa problems" are really a euphamism for "I haven't passed my PED screen yet" since under MLB policy, all players are tested within 5 days of reporting to spring training. So you have to be a complete idiot to get caught for your off-season steroid cycles since you know exactly when the test is; you just don't report until you are clean. (Another reason why you are folling yourself if you think the game is PED free).

    The reason why I thought Manny was such a stupid signing is that he was under the stricter policy and did get random tests more often during the season, not just the one "in-season random test" that the MLB Union likes to tip you off to. There is no way a serial cheater like that could stay clean under that policy when he knew this was his last chance to get paid and he knew he couldn't hit anymore without them.

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  4. mph says:

    Cork, any chance that going forward when we have to see a picture of Manny you could use a picture of him in his Red Sox uniform rather than from his brief tenure as a Ray?

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  5. Beth says:

    So is "working out in Toronto" going to be baseball's equivalent of "hiking the Appalachian Trail?"

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    • dustin says:

      Ha!

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    • Scot says:

      What most don't remember is that the date former Gov. Mark Sanford's
      "hiking the old Appalachian Trail" was that it was national nude hiking day. It added a fun twist to the story.

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  6. CharlieRay says:

    My Sign "MANNY WHO? - Damon"

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  7. CharlieRay says:

    My other sign "CARL WHO? - Fuld"

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  8. CharlieRay says:

    I'm now waiting for somthing to blossom at 1st so I can put up "CARLOS WHO?"

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