(NEW YORK) — In an exclusive interview with ESPN, former major league slugger Manny Ramirez said that he wants a second chance at the game he loves.
Ramirez reitred from baseball last season after a second violation of baseball’s performance-enhancing drug rules. He walked away instead of serving the 100-game suspension.
He is hoping to land with a team for spring training; after being reinstated from voluntary retirement, he must still serve a suspension of 50 games.
“I want to show people that Manny can change, that he can do the right thing,” Ramirez told ESPN’s Pedro Gomez in an interview. “And to show people that I still can play. I don’t want to leave the game like I did. I also want to show my kids that if you make a mistake, don’t quit. Just go back and fix it. And if you’re going to leave, leave the right way.”
Ramirez, 39, has a .312 career batting average and 555 home runs to his name.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire