Manny Ramirez Strikes Out

By Joe Schrank 09/14/11

After he was arrested for allegedly beating his wife in their Florida mansion Monday night, the steroid-soaked baseball superstar may face time in some smaller quarters.

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Earlier this season, baseball legend Manny Ramirez, 39, decided to retire from the Tampa Bay Rays rather than face a 100-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's drug program for a second time, after testing positive for steroids. Many fans and players  dismissed Manny as a "selfish jerk" for leaving his team flapping in the wind and further tarnishing baseball's already dubious reputation. But apparently his retirement isn't going too well. Police in Broward County, Florida arrested the former baseball star on Monday night after his frantic wife called 911 to report a domestic assault. Juliana Ramirez said her husband struck her in the left side of her face with an open hand during a heated argument in their bedroom, causing her to hit her head against the headboard of their bed. She later told reporters she had called the cops because she was afraid the situation would escalate and was worried about her safety. While the stiff-lipped ball-player successfully avoided the hordes of reporters who greeted him upon his release from the Broward County Jail, Ramirez certainly isn't the first person to experience violent rages after prolonged exposure to steroids. Many believe that steroids are addictive even though there are no physical highs associated with them. One of the common side-effects of prolonged steroid use is "roid rage." While some studies are still inconclusive, other studies—as well as anecdotal evidence from any gym where steroids are common—indicate that "roid rage" is very real. After he was spirited away from jail in a waiting SUV, Ramirez allegedly knocked the camera out of the hands of one cameraman and got into a brief scuffle with a photographer. He was released on $2,500 bail yesterday and was ordered to have no direct contact with his wife. With endless time on his hands after dedicating most of his life to baseball, his image in tatters, his stellar batting average open to question, and his marriage in jeopardy, can rock bottom be far away?

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