Is this the end of the line — again — for Manny Ramirez? The hitting savant retired last season after violating baseball’s drug policy for the second time, but he was attempting a comeback this season.
On Friday, however, the Oakland A’s announced that they had released the 40-year-old.
After a slow start, Ramirez had improved his season totals to a .302 average with no home runs and 14 RBIs in 17 games (63 at-bats) for the Triple-A Sacramento RiverCats. In seven games in June, Ramirez batted 11-for-27 (.407) with 10 of his RBIs.
No word on whether Ramirez plans to continue his comeback, although as Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com tweets …
And if Manny can't play for the A's, who are hitting .224 as a team . . . don't really need to complete that sentence, do we?—
(@DKnobler) June 16, 2012
UPDATE: Ramirez’s agent, Barry Praver, tells Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com that Ramirez plans to continue his comeback.
Manny's last nine games at AAA: 13-for-35 (.371), 3 2B, 11 RBIs, 2 BB, 10 Ks. Agent Barry Praver says he plans to continue with his career.—
Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 16, 2012