Manny Ramirez made his much-anticipated arrived at the Oakland Athletics' training camp Friday.
Ramirez, who agreed to a one-year deal worth $500,000, said he was thankful to have a job after he was found in violation of baseball's drug policy for a second time last season.
"It feels good, let me tell you,” Ramirez said. “I’m happy I’ve got a job. ... I thought I’d lose my family and my career, that was not easy.”
A 12-time All-Star and one of the most productive right-handed hitters in baseball history, Ramirez still must serve a 50-game suspension before he can play for Oakland.
He retired last year with the Tampa Bay Rays rather than serve the suspension. The slugger said he found God following a domestic violence incident in the fall.
“Me and my wife had a little problem and that’s the time I said, ‘Whoa, I’ve got to reflect and make a change,” Ramirez said. “Sometimes when you don’t got God in your heart, you do stupid things.”
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