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PHOENIX -- When Manny Ramirez walked into the Oakland Athletics clubhouse at Phoenix Municipal Park on Friday, it seemed as though he had never left baseball.
Greeting a few familiar faces with handshakes and hugs, Ramirez flashed the same playful smile that charmed fans from Cleveland to Boston to Los Angeles. And when he stepped into the cage for batting practice, his famously sweet swing appeared, and it took just a few pitches before he crushed a ball over the wall in dead center field.
Ramirez, sporting familiar dreadlocks, smiled and laughed as he met new teammates. As he jogged in to kiss his wife Julianna before meeting a large throng of media, it appeared all was right in Manny's world -- just another spring in the sun playing the game he loves.
Then reality hit.
Attempting a comeback after an abrupt retirement last season, Ramirez carries over him the cloud of a second positive test for performance enhancing drugs and a looming suspension that will see him turn 4...
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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...
Manny Ramirez arrived at A’s camp Friday, and he’s already making great strides with his new teammates.
Here’s A’s starting pitcher Brett Anderson on Twitter rehashing his first encounter with Ramirez. And it was classic “Manny being Manny.”
Manny just asked if I was the video coordinator…our relationship can only go up from here.
— Brett Anderson (@BrettAnderson49...
Twelve-time All-Star Manny Ramirez arrived at the Oakland Athletics training facility Friday amid a curious group of reporters and players.
Manny Ramirez reported to the Athletics' training camp on Friday, ready for a new adventure in his storied but turbulent career.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Manny Ramirez arrived at the Oakland Athletics training facility Friday to begin his return to baseball and said he was intent on demonstrating "I can still play."
PHOENIX (AP) -- Twelve-time All-Star Manny Ramirez arrived at the Oakland Athletics training facility Friday amid a curious group of reporters and players.
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