Tampa Bay Rays slugger Manny Ramirez retired from baseball on Friday afternoon after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. It was an abrupt but unsurprising end for one of the most colorful characters in the major leagues over the past decade.
Ramirez hit 555 home runs and had 1,831 RBIs in his career, and he was a central figure when the Red Sox ended their 86-year championship drought in 2004. His resume as a player is pretty impressive, but he was twice banned for violating Major League Baseball's substance-abuse policy.
He gave us plenty of those "Manny being Manny" moments over the years, like when he disappeared into the Green Monster at Fenway Park and when he tried to sell a grill on eBay. Something tells me we will get a few more Manny moments post-retirement, too. But it seems unlikely we'll get one in the form of an awkward induction speech for the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
You tell me: Does Manny Ramirez deserve to be in the Hall of Fame?