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Dodgers: Manny Ramirez Has a Setback in His Comeback Attempt in Australia

The 48-year-old will not be playing in the ABL afterall.



When Manny Ramirez was traded to the Dodgers in the summer of 2008, it was an exciting time to be a fan. Los Angeles had not won a playoff series since 1988 at that point, but Manny provided hope. He showed up and sparked a phenomenon known as Mannywood, and propelled the team past the Cubs in the Division Series after putting up ridiculous numbers after the trade. 

Because of that spark, Manny Ramirez is usually remembered very fondly by most Dodgers fans. So much so that we have to keep track of his comeback attempt at the ripe age of 48. Manny signed a deal with the Sydney Blue Sox of the Australian Baseball League in hopes of resurrecting a career that had been cut short for a number of reasons. 

The Sydney Blue Sox made the announcement via their PR team last night. 

Combined with the uncertainty of the season and the ongoing medical issue that is preventing Manny Ramirez from playing and training with the Sydney Blue Sox, we have decided to release Manny. -Blue Sox CEO Adam Dobb

Ramirez later clarified that it was due to injuries that he was cut loose by the Blue Sox. There was some speculation that the release could have been related to PED’s, but that never came to light in the announcement by either side. The Blue Sox also cited the uncertainty of the season as a reason to cut the former Dodgers outfielder, as COVID-19 still makes playing difficult down under. 

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Ramirez played 19 seasons in Major League Baseball, most notably spending 8 years with the Red Sox. He played a total of 223 games with the Dodgers over the course of 3 years before being placed on waivers. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. Manny is a part of Dodger history but I don’t look fondly on him. He was doing PED’s when we signed him so we overpaid. And then he got caught and lost 50 games and when he came back he was his real self w/o PED’s and could only hit @ .270. He’s gone downhill ever since then. I wish him the best, but he doesn’t rate in the annals of dodger lore.

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