Ex-Indian Manny Ramirez announces retirement
Manny Ramirez, now 38, informed Major League Baseball today that he intends to retire.
It is likely that many baseball fans will remember outfield Manny Ramirez as a member of the Boston Red Sox, since he played a key role in that team's return to the top.
Ohio baseball fans, however, will remember Manny Ramirez as a young player who emerged from the team's farm system in the early 1990s to help form the foundation of a powerful line-up that took the team to the 1995 and 1997 World Series.
Over eight years, Ramirez hit 236 home runs for the Indians, on his way to over 500 for a career, and a likely spot in the baseball Hall of Fame with another Indian from that era, Jim Thome.
Like Thome, Ramirez left the Indians through free agency, as the team returned to the type of performances and talent typical of mid-market teams in major league baseball. In December 2000, Ramirez signed a then jaw-dropping eight-year, $160 million contract with the Red Sox, and wound up staying with the team until he was dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008.
After bouncing around with several times since 2008, Ramirez was again recently notified of an issue relating to baseball's drug policy. The player had previously served a 50-game suspension relating to the policy in 2009. Ramirez was struggling thus far in 2011, and finishes his career with 555 home runs and a .312 batting average.
- Barry McBride