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Texas Rangers Release Manny Ramirez

  • Rick Chandler

Let it be known that Manny Ramirez’s last notable moment in baseball (probably) was this:

Yes, that happened. Berkman is at Triple-A Round Rock on a rehab assignment for the Rangers. He’s expected to rejoin the big club today or Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Manny is also packing. The Rangers released him earlier today.

So the great Manny experiment is over, and this quite probably is the end of his career. Dallas Morning News:

It is doubtful there will be interest in Ramirez. A scout with an American League team who saw Ramirez about three weeks ago said he showed “no bat speed” and no power. With Round Rock, Ramirez hit .259 with three homers and only six extra-base hits overall in 108 at-bats. He had only two extra-base hits in his last 33 at-bats with Round Rock.

Although he was certainly controversial — including the fact that the following numbers are PED-tainted — it’s hard to ignore the overall weight of his accomplishments. Over 19 MLB seasons, Ramirez had 555 homers, 2,574 hits and 4,826 total bases.

But now he’s a relic — call him I guess a monument to the steroid era. When Manny shaved his head last month upon his arrival at Round Rock, we should have seen that as the sign it was over.

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