A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away (yes, Star Wars took place in the past, not the future, it was right there in front of your faces the whole time, but I digress), Manny Ramirez retired from the Rays and the game of baseball rather than face a 100-game suspension for his latest positive test for performance enhancing drugs.

More specifically, Manny’s retirement took place on Friday April 8. We remember the date well, because that was the same day we were a guest on “Happy Hour” with JP Peterson only moments after JP had the family jewels snipped, but I digress again.

Anyway, tomorrow’s game would have been the 100th game of Manny’s suspension, meaning he would have been eligible to play on Sunday.

Of course, this would be a bigger deal if the Rays were still in the playoff race and were looking to add a bat for the stretch run. And it might have been a little deal if another team needed a DH for the stretch run.

But hey, let’s not be bitter. Let’s look back on Manny’s tenure with the Rays and remember him for that brief but golden era in which he was playing for the Rays.

17 at bats, 1 hit.

 
 

7 Comments

  1. Chris says:

    February 8th? Wow! That really was a long time ago! 171 days by my count.

  2. Gus says:

    April 8th, not 2/8. And thanks for not using the “retirement” word. He was busted, flat out.

    Now that we are 2/3rds of the way through the season, what is the Rays payroll for 2011 going to be (assuming Upton stays). Are they going to be under $40M? They never took the Manny money and did anything with it to help the ballclub.

    • Sarah says:

      But I thought the “Manny money” was something like $2million? Can’t buy much for that.

      • Gus says:

        Kotch is just $750K and Lopez never stayed long enough I don’t think. Damon won’t meet but one of his attendance bonuses (so an extra $150K is all they owe him for his season — nice guy; but wildly overpaid for this team for a low obp slap hitter with no glove).

        Of all the bad decisions in Rays history (not D-Rays history), what I’ll call 2011 LF (which includes signing a convicted PED user, counting on Damon to play LF instead of Jennings and leaving Jennings in the minors until the season was effectively over) has to rank up there with leaving Josh Hamilton off the 40-man and signing a washed up PED candidate like Burrell for crazy money (for them) as the worst management decisions ever. The team dug itself a bad hole for 2011 over that whole episode. And like the NBA team that expends its energy on a 3rd quarter run to get back in the game, they look spent for the 4th quarter.

        They have no room for error with that payroll. If Stu is going to keep demanding that his payroll is covered by MLB revenue sharing and central fund payments, then I’d rather they never sign any free agent for more than say, $4M a season. They are kind of terrible at it. Scott Boras worked them over this year.

    • Joe says:

      They sorta did, in a lame way. I remember reading long ago that calling Felipe and Kotchman up and for about a month having both stay up cost right around 2 million. Meanwhile, we let Cory Wade go :(

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