Earlier today, the Sydney Blue Sox announced to have released twelve-time MLB All-Star and two-time World Series Winner, Manny Ramirez without further disclosure of the reason.
Now Ramirez is telling the Sydney Morning Herald that he was released due to an obligue injury and that the ongoing medical issue had nothing to do with drugs.
Rumors floated around that Ramirez might have used PEDs again, something he was caught for before and which ended his MLB career. When caught for PED use when with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011, Ramirez immediately announced his retirement from baseball. Later he played in an independent league in Japan and in the CPBL in Taiwan.
Early 2020, he tried to get a contract with Parma Baseball in Italy but eventually, nothing was heard about that anymore. Before signing with the Sydney Blue Sox, “Manny being Manny” was also linked to sign a contract with the Auckland Tuatara but apperently, the Blue Sox were more alert.
After Ramirez was ruled out of last month’s opening game against Melbourne with an oblique injury, some sources within the game have since disputed the nature of that injury. More doubt was shed on the issue when the Blue Sox and the ABL claimed that Ramirez’s unavailability was ”due to ongoing sensitive and confidential medical reasons.”
Ramirez was eager to show he still had something left after retiring from Major League Baseball because he did not want to serve a 100-game suspension for a second drug offence.