On May 30, his 40th birthday, Manny Ramirez finished his 50-game suspension for violating baseball's PED policy. As of Monday the A's, who in February signed him to a minor league deal, hadn't activated him—no shock considering Ramirez was 9 for 37 with no extra-base hits in 11 games with Triple A Sacramento. Still, it's easy to see why Oakland took a flier on Ramirez even after years of decline. Here's how five recent sluggers performed at age 40. There can be an upside to signing a great hitter at an advanced age.
.256/.361/.477 15 HRs, 46 BBs in 324 plate appearances
.276/.342/.504 11 HRs, 23 doubles in 272 plate appearances