Manny applies for reinstatement; still faces ban
Slugger retired in 2011 rather than serve 100-game suspension
The first news out of Dallas -- site of the Winter Meetings that formally open Monday morning -- wasn't about a player moving on, but one who wants to move back in.Manny Ramirez, who went on Major League Baseball's voluntary retired list in April rather than face discipline for a second violation of MLB's drug policy, has applied for reinstatement. The league released a statement on Sunday night reading: "Free-agent Manny Ramirez has applied to the Commissioner to be reinstated from the voluntary retired list. As a condition of his reinstatement, Ramirez will be required to resolve his outstanding violation of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, which was announced on April 8, 2011.
"The Office of the Commissioner and the Players Association have agreed that Ramirez will receive a 50-game suspension under the Joint Drug Program upon his reinstatement from the voluntary retired list. Such suspension shall begin with the first game that Ramirez is eligible to play after a Club signs him to a contract."
According to FOXSports.com, which cited a Major League source for the original report, Ramirez has already hired a pair of agents -- Barry Praver and Scott Shapiro -- to oversee his application process.Ramirez served a 50-game suspension mandated by a first violation in 2009 while a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He signed as a free agent prior to the 2011 season with Tampa Bay, but served as the team's designated hitter in only five games -- with one single in 17 at-bats -- prior to news of his second violation and his immediate retirement.