Our old pal Manny Ramirez is set to begin a 10 game minor league stint with the Sacramento River Cats, the Oakland A’s AAA minor league affiliate. As everybody knows, Manny was suspended 100 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for a banned substance. He retired, but when he returned to baseball, Major League Baseball reduced his suspension to 50 games. His suspension is over May 30th and he is expected to be added to the A’s roster then.
Manny said on Monday, “I will be ready. I’m going to go crazy to please the fans.” He went on to say “I feel good, I feel great, my body feels great.”
Needless to say, Manny will bring a lot of excitement to the Oakland A’s and make an already interesting MLB season even more intriguing.
There’s a good chance that Manny is going to suck, or that he’s going to test positive for estrogen again, but until then I’ll be watching. Manny was one of my first favorite players on the Red Sox, and I can only hope for success for him in Oakland (except against the Sox, of course). He’s had one of the most illustrious careers in MLB history, and I hope that he goes out swinging.