Manny Ramirez is becoming a twisted version of Brett Favre. The man has failed two drug tests, claimed retirement twice and yet finds himself back in the headlines again this preseason, connected to several teams including the Oakland A's as a potential designated hitter.
Like Favre, Ramirez could have gone down as one of the unquestioned, and untainted greats at his position in history. From his rookie year in 1993 to the last season before his first positive test, Ramirez accumulated a career line of .314, 527 home runs, 1725 RBI, and a 1.004 OPS.
He grabbed nine silver sluggers and 12 All Star appearances. He could have ridden off in the sunset and been welcomed back to Fenway Park for countless promotion days until the day he died.
Instead, Manny came back to the Dodgers in 2009, served a 50 game suspension and managed to put together a decent year. But then the wheels came off.
Another positive test, and another retirement later, he's looking for a third chance. Unfortunately, it is time for both Favre and Ramirez to limp off into the sunset with what remains of their reputations.