Manny Ramirez is one of the most famous baseball players in the US. He is known not only for his outstanding home runs, but also for his antics and doping scandals. Below we will talk about interesting facts from the life of this athlete.
Short biography of Manny Ramirez
Manny was born May 30, 1972 in Dominican Republic. He lived there until his 13. As a child, he was very fond of baseball and dreamed of becoming a famous player. He succeeded. He played as an outfielder and designated hitter in the US Baseball League. Ramirez played in the Major League Baseball for different teams, such as Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox, and Tampa Bay Rays. Currently he is a free agent, consultant and coach. Ramirez is considered one of the best outfielders in Major League Baseball, he has nine times received the Silver Slagger award and is one of 24 players who did more than 500 home runs.
During his career, he knocked out 21 grand slams, which is the third record in the history of Major League Baseball. His 29 home runs in playoff games are a record in Major League Baseball. Ramirez participated 12 times in matches of all Major League Baseball stars.
Ramirez as one of the high-paid baseball players
In our time, high fees have become commonplace not only for music and film stars, but also for popular athletes. Baseball is no exception. In this sport, there are also shining stars and record-holders on salaries.
Some stars shine so brightly that the figures of their annual salaries simply blind and shock people. One Internet website made a rating of the highest paid baseball players of 2014.
Manny Ramirez was on the 3rd place. Manny managed to play five different teams in his career. This player is listed among the best outfielders in the world and his skills were appreciated. During his career in baseball Ramirez managed to earn over two hundred million dollars, with the highest pay for one season were almost twenty-four million dollars.
Derek Jeter was on the second place among baseball millionaires. This baseball player played primarily for the NY Yankees team. Due to his talent, the NY Yankees four times became the champion of the United States. It should be noted that the amount earned by Derek for his performance on the field was over $265 million, and the highest earnings per season were almost twenty-three million.
The winner was Alex Rodriguez, who started his baseball career in the Seattle Mariners. At the moment, he is retired. His earnings on the field are much higher than those of other players. The highest payment for one season was thirty-three million dollars, and in general the athlete managed to earn almost three hundred and fifty-seven million US dollars. As you can see, baseball teams are ready to pay for a good game without stint.
The American magazine Forbes regularly calculated the earnings of famous athletes. Experts of the magazine believe that the main source of their income are advertising contracts. Manny Ramirez went to the twenty richest athletes in 2005 with an income of $24.2 million. At that time, he worked six out of eight years under a contract with Boston Red Socks. Owners of the club have estimated these years of his life at $160 million.
Manny’s tricks on the baseball field
Although every sport has unwritten and written rules and regulations, it seems that in baseball their list goes on forever. Since almost all Major League Baseball players follow these standards, the game can often be boring and monotonous.
Nevertheless, from time to time the fans may see that some players express their ego in various ways, for example, throwing a bat, swearing, or dancing joyfully.
An unexplained error in the outer field, a stupid statement in the interview, a 500-feet kick followed by a slow and pompous jog. All this was a common occurrence in the great career of Manny Ramirez, and each time the situation was described simply: “Manny is Manny.” There will never be another such player in baseball.
By the way, another player who showed his extraordinary behavior on the field was Roger Clemens. Clemens was nicknamed “Rocket” not only for the explosive filing; this is due to the fact that he was always quick-tempered. He knew that he was better than one, and he was not going to be shy, telling one about this fact at any moment.
Manny Ramirez, steroids, and doping scandal
During the “Steroid Era”, steroids in baseball were not uncommon. Ramirez was in a group of 104 baseball players, in whose bodies the experts found banned drugs as a result of the 2003 doping control. In 2009, the sportsman was suspended for 50 games. This suspension was caused by taking illegal steroids. In 2011, Major League Baseball announced that Ramirez had again failed the doping control. April 8, he decided to leave the Major League Baseball, instead of serving a 100-match suspension. What medicines did Manny use? We do not know for sure. Perhaps these were oxandrolone, stanozolol, or nandrolone.
The latest news about Manny
In 2014 there were news of several clubs of Major League Baseball showed interest in Manny Ramirez, who was trying to return to the big leagues. Ramirez considered options with Major League Baseball or Japan, at least he was ready to play in a farm team of triple-A class. According to the athlete, these were the only possible options for the continuation of his career.
The last time Manny played at the MLB in 2011. As we noted above, he was suspended for 100 matches and retired. His retirement, as it turned out, was short-term, upon return, Ramirez’s punishment was reduced to 50 matches, which he spent in Auckland’s farm. However, he failed to become a major league player. For a while he played in Taiwan.
Manny Ramirez, who is in his 40s now, obviously cannot get out of baseball. In 2015, Manny was a kind of “coach” for the young Cubs. Some time ago, information appeared that Manny would play in Japan for Kochi Fighting Dogs, which are part of an independent league that is not affiliated with the NPB.