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Has Manny's game shrunk with his ego?
Manny Ramirez’s 50-game suspension is almost up, with the shamed legend due to be eligible again on May 30. His return should be one of the most intriguing stories in baseball come time.
Beane has said that the A’s plan to bring Manny back as soon as possible following the expiration of his suspension.
Currently, the A’s rank near the bottom in every offensive category, most notably 27th in runs scored. They desperately need any help they can get at the plate, and while Jonny Gomes and Seth Smith have fared adequately in a platoon role at DH, injecting Ramirez into the heart of the line up could be the buoy that Oakland needs.
Still, there are many questions facing Ramirez’s return. Manny has supposedly corrected his character issues, but the bigger question is whether or not he is still capable of producing at the plate after spending a year away from the sport. Manny hasn’t had 500 at-bats in a season since 2009, and at age 40 (his birthday just happens to be the same day his suspension is up), it could prove to be a challenging transition back to the big leagues.
Regardless, most A’s fans have been looking forward to seeing Manny in the lineup all season, and the rest of the nation will likely have their attention drawn to Manny’s performance in his comeback attempt as well.