It’s been a rough year for Manny Ramirez to say the least, and it’s no longer appropriate to simply chalk it up to “Manny being Manny.”
This is hardly the way ‘Mannywood’ would like to be remembered. (Broward County Sheriff’s Office – AP)
In April the former World Series MVP abruptly retired after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance for the second time in three seasons. He had signed on with the Tampa Bay Rays in the offseason and was expected to be a vital part of their depleted offense.
On Monday, the 39-year-old was arrested and charged with battery following a domestic dispute with his wife at their home in South Florida.
Ramirez reportedly slapped his wife, Juliana, in the face during a bedroom argument, causing her head to hit the bed’s headboard. Juliana Ramirez called the police to avoid further escalation of the situation. According to the police report, she had red swelling on her face and a small bruise on the back of her head but refused medical treatment.
One of the greatest right-handed hitters in baseball over the past decade, Ramirez earned MVP honors for helping the Boston Red Sox end their 86-year title drought in 2004. In 2008, the Red Sox traded their mercurial star to the Los Angeles Dodgers where Ramirez continued to pile up numbers and became a fan favorite while helping the Dodgers to an NL championship series appearance.
But months after signing a two-year, $45 million contract with the club, Ramirez was suspended for 50 games for testing positive for human chorionic gonadotropin — a banned female fertility drug that can be used to mask steroid use.
From that point forward, the “Manny being Manny” phrase that typified the slugger’s happy-go-lucky and sometimes bizarre behavior lost it’s luster.
Ramirez would have been forced to serve a 100-game suspension for a second positive test. So he decided to retire.
Ramirez ended his career with 555 home runs — 14th most in MLB history — had at least 100 RBIs in 13 seasons and a career .312 batting average.
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Hollywood came out full force on Wednesday night ((July 13) to see which of their favorite athletes would take home honors at the 2011 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles.
While rookies like Blake Griffin had big nights, the evening was ruled by Dirk Nowitzki and his champion team, the Dallas Mavericks during the live broadcast on ESPN and hosted by comedian Seth Meyers.
The Mavs took home the trophy in the Best Team category, Nowitzki won honors for Best Male Athlete and Best NBA Player, and the team’s coach Rick Carlisle won best Coach/Manager.
“I’m so humbled and honored by this,” Nowitzki said. “It’s been an unreal year for all of us on the Mavericks.”
“We had a great time and are glad we won, but the biggest deal was when my daughter met Selena Gomez,” added Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.
Hometown fave, Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers, took home the ESPY for Breakthrough Athlete, after an exciting rookie year full of highlight reel dunks, which was capped off with Rookie Of The Year honors.
Blake averaged 22.5 points and 12.1 rebounds per game this past season, and was also the first rookie to appear in an NBA All-Star Game since Yao Ming in 2003.
The evening winners are as follows:
Best Breakthrough Athlete: Blake Griffin (L.A. Clippers)
Best Championship Performance: Tim Thomas (Boston Bruins)
Best Upset: VCU
Best Male College Athlete: Jimmer Fredette
Best Male Athlete: Dirk Nowitzki
Best Female Athlete: Lyndsay Vonn
Best Game: Eagles vs. Giants
Best Play: Abby Wambach (U.S. Women’s Soccer Team)
Best NBA Player: Dirk Nowitzki
Best NFL Player: Aaron Rodgers
Best Driver: Jimmie Johnson
Best NHL Player: Tim Thomas
Best Comeback Player: Mark Herzlich
Best Team: Dallas Mavericks
Take a look at some of the fashion statements made or not last night:
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Ever wonder how your favorite baseball players looked during their high school days? In celebration of tonight’s all-star game, take a look:
Jeter earned all-state honorable mention honors in basketball at Kalamazoo Central in between starring on the baseball field. He batted .557 as a junior and earned multiple national player of the year honors during his senior season. In Middle school, Jeter was listed in the yearbook as
“most likely to play shortstop for the yankees.”
In high school, Beckett was both a metaphorical and literal flamethrower.
The New York Yankees star said he was a bit of a trouble maker at his california high school.
The North Carolina native was the subject of a flattering flattering write-up in Sports Illustrated before he finished his senior season.
“He’s better at this game than anyone else I’ve seen in high school or college,”
A scout said, Hamilton’s mother, on the other hand, expressed worry about sending her young son
“out in the world by himself.”
There’s not much difference between high school A-Rod and current A-Rod. Both are always the best players on the field and perpetually look like they’re posing for a spread in GQ.
A 12-year-old Prince took batting practice with his father, Cecil, one day at Tigers Stadium and hit a ball into the right-field seats. This picture is from a few years later.
Instead of playing at the high school where his father taught and coached, Jones went to boarding school in Jackonsville and led his baseball team to the state title as a junior. The next year, the Atlanta Braves made him the No. 1 pick.
While not an All-Star this season (so he’s the one!), Mauer became the first student to ever be named USA Today’s National Player of the Year in two sports. He chose baseball after being selected by the Minnesota Twins as the No. 1 pick in 2001. Had he turned down the hometown team, he would have traveled south to play quarterback at Florida State. In Mauer’s high school baseball career, he struck out only once and also had a pretty mean fastball; in one game he was clocked at 92 mph and he struck out 38 batters in 24 innings.
Though not an All-Star this year, here’s a young Pujols during his high school days in Missouri. After moving to Independence from the Dominican Republic via New York, Pujols successfully petitioned for an extra year of high school on the basis that he hadn’t fully learned English.
Even with a World Series title and two Cy Young awards, Lincecum’s greatest athletic achievement remains striking out an opponent while a paddling from Ben Affleck loomed. (See a picture of the realLincecum, not his “Dazed and Confused” look-alike, here.)
2011 MLB All-Star Game, from Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona airs tonight on Fox, 8PM.
Gold and sports have come together on previous occasions, and one such example is our coverage of the Diamond studded golf ball that was introduced studded with multiple colored diamonds, and also the silver and gold cricket ball to create memorabilia for the affluent sports enthusiasts. This time, there is a special gold baseball which shall become the first ever to be used at a major league baseball game of the State Farm Derby. Truly unique in design, this piece of sports memorabilia will be a center of attraction for all fans of the sport.
Rawlings Sports Goods Company & Gold Sport Collectibles came together to create this unique piece of sports memorabilia, that promises to be etched in everyone’s memories for a long time to come. This 24k gold and leather ball will be thrown at each participant of the event, especially those who will reach the final. The variety of leather used on the ball has been treated especially to create an extra soft texture, while including the luxury feature of adding a layer of 24K gold on it. The process used to create each ball uses a 100% environmentally friendly method of production as well. Each time it gets hit as a home run at the game, $18,000 will go as a donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Describing the significance of the product, a senior executive of the Rawlings Company says,
“With our friends at Gold Sport Collectibles, we believe this is a piece of baseball memorabilia collectors worldwide will want for their own displays, and fans sitting in the outfield seats will scramble to catch during the upcoming State Farm Home Run Derby.”
Accompanying the ball will be a special casing and the certificate of authenticity of the product from the company. Also, two versions in the form of the whole gold leather and a half gold leather balls shall be available for purchase. The price for them are known to be varying but the half gold ball is priced at $150 apiece and $650 for a set of two whole gold leather balls. (Via…)
Major League Baseball Productions is following the Yankees captain for a one-hour special called “Derek Jeter 3K.” The network said Tuesday that Jeter agreed to let camera crews follow him at home and while he was rehabilitating a recent calf injury.
The documentary will include new interviews with family, friends and teammates. Also interviewed will be Jeter’s girlfriend, Minka Kelly, and Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner. The program will air a few weeks after Jeter reaches the milestone.
“I think it’s going to be great, says Joe Girardi, People have been anticipating it for a while.”
The shortstop is currently at 2,997. The world will be watching tonight, as Jeter is 5-for-9 against tonight’s starter Jeff Niemann of the Tampa Bay Rays.
Via: Yahoo! Sports
Hideo Nomo and Tim Lincecum(notes) might have two of the most unusual deliveries in baseball history, but they don’t have anything on this Cirque du Soleil performer. Watch below as he flips and twists with flair before delivering the first pitch at Monday’s game between the San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals at Petco Park:
I’m sure there will be a lot of unimpressed chuckleheads down in the comments that will either pooh-pooh the actual pitch or — heh — claim that he’s just a product of Petco Park’s spacious environs.
But take a second to think about what the guy actually did there. He performed a difficult acrobatic maneuver on the uneven ground of a mound, then landed safely and, without missing a beat, fired a pitchfor a strike. Didn’t bounce it low. Didn’t sail it high. All on the first try.
I don’t know about you, but it’d take me at least a few dozen tries — and probably a couple of trips to the hospital — to pull that move off.
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“MONEYBALL”, Starring BRAD PITT, is the story of Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players. Check for it!