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Manny Happy Returns?
JOE SHEEHAN
June 11, 2012
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.
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June 11, 2012

Manny Happy Returns?

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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.

JIM THOME

TWINS, INDIANS

2011

.256/.361/.477 15 HRs, 46 BBs in 324 plate appearances

JIM EDMONDS

BREWERS, REDS

2010

.276/.342/.504 11 HRs, 23 doubles in 272 plate appearances

GARY SHEFFIELD

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