Yes, it happened while many were either in-route to Dallas or thinking about heading to the bar at the Anatole, but on Sunday, Major League Baseball announced that free agent Manny Ramirez has applied to the Commissioner to be reinstated from the Voluntary Retired list. For those that don’t remember, in early April, Ramirez testing positive for Clomiphene and instead of serving a 100 game suspension for a second violation (remember, he tested positive in May of 2009 for hGC –human chorionic gonadotropin, a female fertility drug), he retired. At the time, MLB said in their statement, “If Ramirez seeks reinstatement in the future, the process under the Drug Program will be completed.”
Whether Ramirez will or won’t, clearly some negotiating has occurred as the league announced that upon his signing with an MLB club he will serve a 50 game suspension, not a 100 game stint as was initially stated. The amount of time of the suspension was negotiated between the Office of the Commissioner and the MLBPA.
Maybe, the league and PA worked out a deal in which Ramiriez length away from the game – an entire season, without pay – constitutes “time served”. Or, maybe it’s something else. What isn’t in question is that an exception was made. Whether that alters how the policy is enforced in the future will remain to be seen.
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