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Manny Ramirez Requests, Receives Release From Oakland Athletics

Manny Ramirez is unemployed once again. Ramirez, the former Boston Red Sox slugger and MVP of the 2004 World Series, requested and received his outright release from the Oakland Athletics, making him a free agent.

Ramirez signed with the Athletics prior to the start of this season, but had to serve a 50-game suspension due to a prior violation of Major League Baseball's performance enhancing drug policy. Ramirez did not play a game for the Athletics.

Ramirez played 17 games with the Sacramento River Cats of the Pacific Coast League, the Triple-A affiliate of the Athletics. Ramirez batted .302 and had 19 hits in 63 at-bats, driving in 14 runs. However, Ramirez struck out 17 times and did not hit one home run.

The 40-year-old Ramirez played 19 big league seasons and spent eight years in Boston. During his storied career, Ramirez hit 555 home runs and drove in 1,831 runs while posting a career .312 batting average.