We all know how Manny Ramirez's career was supposed to pan out. With his incredible numbers, he was supposed to go down as one of the greatest hitters in the game — one who hit 555 home runs and tallied 1,813 RBIs. But now, he'll be stuck with an asterisk.
Manny's asterisk will be much larger than those hitters that went before him, since he is the first player to encounter issues with the MLB drug policy not once, but twice, in his career. Instead of waiting to hear the MLB's verdict, Ramirez decided to retire after 18 years in the game, going out in a way that no one was expecting.
Former teammate David Ortiz was surprised and saddened to hear of Ramirez's recent fate.
"That's the last thing I was expecting," Ortiz said of Manny's abrupt retirement. "To retire and go through this situation … It's sad to see a player with that much talent and an unbelievable career to get out of the game in negativity."
Tampa Tribune columnist Joe Henderson called in to Friday's edition of NESN Daily and said that he would not be voting for Ramirez as a Hall of Fame inductee in the future, adding that it will be very difficult for the slugger to get in after this debacle.
"I'm a Hall of Fame voter, and he certainly will not get my vote," Henderson said. "How much of his productivity came through chemicals?"
To hear more from Ortiz and from Henderson, check out the video above from NESN Daily.
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