It’s been a rough year for Manny Ramirez to say the least, and it’s no longer appropriate to simply chalk it up to “Manny being Manny.”
In April the former World Series MVP abruptly retired after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance for the second time in three seasons. He had signed on with the Tampa Bay Rays in the offseason and was expected to be a vital part of their depleted offense.
On Monday, the 39-year-old was arrested and charged with battery following a domestic dispute with his wife at their home in South Florida.
Ramirez reportedly slapped his wife, Juliana, in the face during a bedroom argument, causing her head to hit the bed’s headboard. Juliana Ramirez called the police to avoid further escalation of the situation. According to the police report, she had red swelling on her face and a small bruise on the back of her head but refused medical treatment.
One of the greatest right-handed hitters in baseball over the past decade, Ramirez earned World Series MVP honors for helping the Boston Red Sox end their 86-year title drought in 2004. In 2008, the Red Sox traded their mercurial star to the Los Angeles Dodgers where Ramirez continued to pile up numbers and became a fan favorite while helping the Dodgers to an NL championship series appearance.
But months after signing a two-year, $45 million contract with the club, Ramirez was suspended for 50 games for testing positive for human chorionic gonadotropin — a banned female fertility drug that can be used to mask steroid use.
From that point forward, the “Manny being Manny” phrase that typified the slugger’s happy-go-lucky and sometimes bizarre behavior lost it’s luster.
Ramirez would have been forced to serve a 100-game suspension for a second positive test. So he decided to retire.
Ramirez ended his career with 555 home runs — 14th most in MLB history — had at least 100 RBIs in 13 seasons and a career .312 batting average.