Manny Ramirez might be one of the five greatest hitters of the last 20 years. In 19 seasons, he's a career .312 hitter with a .996 OPS, 555 home runs, 1831 RBI and 1544 runs scored.
But he will be a resounding flop in Oakland, for some of the same reasons why he was a catastrophic failure in Tampa Bay, despite Joe Maddon filling spring training headlines with rumors of a "new, happy, Manny" and a change in attitude.
At the end of the day, Manny Ramirez has become Brett Favre in the sense that he missed his exit. There was a time when Favre could have retired and sailed into the sunset, undisputed among the Mount Rushmore of quarterbacks. But after three retirements, football fans are fed up.
Ramirez could have retired after 2008 and done the same. Even after one suspension, when he came back and raked for Los Angeles, he could have gone out after 2009 with a mostly intact legend. Now, its just sad.