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Unfortunately, I’m not in the least bit surprised by today’s news of Tampa Bay Rays OF Manny Ramirez retiring.

Last baseball season I wrote about Ramirez – Manny being Manny – and my dismay that people expected a contribution to the Chicago White Sox playoff push.

I’m not going to kick him when he’s down.

What I will say is that he is a tragic Hollywood drama waiting to be made. One that will sum up the steroid era of baseball possibly better than any other player, because he was embraced and engaging even if moody and bad-mouthed at times. He has not really been seen as the “evil” person Barry Bonds is painted as.

Sorry to see this Manny, but it is just another example of what Major League Baseball allowed to happen to their sport.

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