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Manny Ramirez has officially been reinstated from the voluntary retirement list by Major League Baseball, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney on Saturday morning.
Ramirez faces a 50-game suspension when he returns, rather than 100 games, the league said earlier in the week when announcing he had filed for reinstatement. Ramirez's 50-game suspension clock starts ticking when he signs with a team.
Ramirez already served a 50-game suspension in 2009 while with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and he had been notified that he was facing another offense last April when he agreed to step away from baseball.
He also is facing criminal prosecution in Florida on charges that he slapped his wife during a recent argument. He told investigators only that he grabbed his wife by the shoulders during an argument and "shrugged" her, causing her to hit her head on the headboard of their bed.
Who's going to pick him up? After his career has taken a downward turn off the field, I would be completely surprised if any ML team gives him a third chance. What has it been twice he's been busted now for PED's? His retirement was believed by most to save embarassment of being suspended in the first place. He shouldn't need the money that badly, but I guess there's some integrity left in the game itself, though nowhere now compared to say 20 30 years back and beyond.
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