12/04/11 9:35 PM EST
Manny applies for reinstatement; still faces ban
Slugger retired in 2011 rather than serve 100-game suspension
By Tom Singer / MLB.com
"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.