Manny Ramirez is unsure about his future in the MLB.
When he appeared in the Dodgers clubhouse on Monday morning (February 22), he told ESPN that next season he won’t be playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers … or possibly in the MLB at all.
The 37-year-old baseball pro, and 12-time All-Star, is entering the last season of his $45 million contract with the L.A. team, and will turn 38 in May.
And, isn’t sure if it makes sense for him to continue.
“I won’t be here next year, so I just want to enjoy myself,” Ramirez told ESPN. “I don’t know [if I’ll play next year]. I just know I’m not going to be here. When the season is over, I will see where I’m at.”
While Ramirez hasn’t been told by the anyone at the Dodgers that the team isn’t interested in re-signing him, he says he doesn’t expect them to do so. The superstar outfielder says he’s just not as young as he used to be.
Ramirez says that his current focus is on the upcoming season, and after, he’ll determine if he wants to play in the major leagues for another season. If he does, it’ll be his 19th year.
“The game is still fun, but I think I have to wait until the season ends and see where my family is at before I make a choice,” Ramirez said. “I will just wait and see how my body reacts [this season].”
Last season, he was suspended for 50-games for testing positive for a banned substance and most of the rest of the season struggling at the plate.
Still, the Dodgers have made the playoffs in both years Ramirez has been on the team.
“I know he wasn’t happy with the way things went on here [last season] and the way he struggled,” Dodgers’ manager Joe Torre said. “He was determined to get that thing straightened out. He watched a lot of video, did some work this winter and feels pretty good about where he is now.”
In Manny’s career, he’s hit 546 home runs, and 1788 RBIs. He’s also won multiple Silver Slugger and Hank Aaron awards, as well as a World Series MVP award in 2004.
If he does retire, it will mark the end of a great baseball player’s career.