Manny Ramirez asked the Oakland Athletics to release him from his contract and the team granted his request on Friday night.
Ramirez signed a minor league deal with Oakland on Feb. 20. He was hitting .302 with 14 RBIs in 17 games with Triple-A Sacramento. He had served a 50-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s drug policy last year. When the ban had ended on his 40th birthday on May 30th he remained in the minors. When the A’s couldn’t give Ramirez assurance that he would be called up to the Majors he decided he did not want to stay in the minors. Though he once signed a $45 million contract with the Dodgers, this slugger was only getting paid $500,000 in the minor leagues.
Other troubles also plagued Ramirez this year. In April Ramirez wife Juliana, dropped charges of domestic battery from a September 2011 incident.
Ramirez has 555 career homers and 1,831 RBIs, retired last season rather than serve a 100-game suspension for failing a second drug test. The Commissioner Bud Selig cut the suspension in half after Ramirez sat out the rest of the season.
Ramirez said he would go home and continue to train, he was born in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic . He is determined to make a full comeback.
Written by HS News Sports Writer: Tim Horodyski