Here's your story... It is brief and familiar. Manny Ramirez has once again shown the world that he is in fact above the game, at least in his own mind. Ramirez had signed with the Oakland Athletics in late February, and then served his 50 game suspension for performance enhancing drugs. After hitting .302 in 17 games, Manny apparently felt rejuvenated, perhaps a little motivated , and certainly egoistic.
The Athletics currently sit 8 games out of first place in the AL West. This division has recently become one of the more competitive divisions in the game. Even with their recent good play, the A's will likely be headed towards a basement finish. The addition of Ramirez would not have been enough to change that fact. Identifying this is what caused Manny to ask for his release.
The Oakland brain trust undoubtedly not wanting to deal with a pouting, disgruntled Manny obliged. Leaving Manny to decide what franchise to spoil next. What race does he want to help decide? Does he want to return to the limelight? If this was just a statistical thing why not stay in Oakland where he would get the at bats? The answer is simple, much like his career, this blog, and his existence.
It's just Manny being Manny.
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