It was only two years ago when Manny Ramirez was one of the best outfielders in all of major league baseball. Since his stint with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Ramirez never produced numbers of any significance and decided to retire only weeks after signing with the Tampa Bay Rays earlier this season.
Johnny Damon, who was among the best outfielders a few years ago as well, also signed with the Rays earlier this year, but his production had been decent enough to keep him in the starting lineup.
Having to deal with a struggling superstar is no easy task, and the Rays are by no means the only team having that problem this season. With a new generation of outstanding athletes entering the league every year, it's no surprise that the older stars are starting to decline.