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Carlos Ramirez Released


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The 25-year-old backstop is facing a 100 game suspension at the beginning of the season due to a third violation of drug abuse, which will make it difficult for him to find new employment.
 

 

 

I think Baseball Mom or someone said he had chosen to retire prior to being popped.  Of course Home Depot dug tests so, you're right either way.

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No surprise.  Obviously the guy doesn't care much about his career to get busted a second time.  And that is just fine.  I have to believe the grind of a minor league season, making no money and with little chance of ever making it to the bigs, wears on these guys.  I actually know a guy who was a second or third round pick, received a big signing bonus, and retired after completing just three seasons (after which time he didn't have to give back any of his bonus) despite playing respectably and being in the organization's long-term plans.  Some guys just don't want to do this forever.

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No surprise.  Obviously the guy doesn't care much about his career to get busted a second time.  And that is just fine.  I have to believe the grind of a minor league season, making no money and with little chance of ever making it to the bigs, wears on these guys.  I actually know a guy who was a second or third round pick, received a big signing bonus, and retired after completing just three seasons (after which time he didn't have to give back any of his bonus) despite playing respectably and being in the organization's long-term plans.  Some guys just don't want to do this forever.

 

Agreed Wopphil. Additionally a lot of these kids are to young and inexperienced to truly realize the opportunity they have to completely change the course of their lives in terms of the networking and monetary opportunities that playing professional baseball presents.

 

Money is of course not everything but if you can play even just a handful of years at the MLB level you can accumulate enough money to do whatever your passion is in life, if that is not baseball.

 

Many of us don't understand the consequences of our actions, especially when we are younger. I hope Carlos doesn't look back on this fork in the road and have a deep regret later in life. I hope at least he understands that he made his bed and now he has to lay in it.

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