Manny Ramirez filing for reinstatement from MLB’s retired list

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According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, Manny Ramirez is filing for reinstatement from Major League Baseball’s voluntary retired list and plans to a join a team at some point during the 2012 season.

Manny retired from baseball in early-April of this year after receiving a 100-game suspension for a second positive test related to performance-enhancing drugs.

Had he never filed those retirement papers, he could have returned to the league in August and would have been all set for the opening of the 2012 campaign.

But, as such, the veteran slugger still needs to serve out half of his original 100-game punishment.

Ramirez made only 17 plate appearances for the Rays in 2011, but he batted .298/.409/.460 with nine home runs and 42 RBI in 90 games between the Dodgers and White Sox in 2010. The 39-year-old is likely to find multiple suitors next summer if his workouts are promising and he avoids more trouble.

Manny owns a superb .312/.411/.585 career batting line and is sitting on 555 career home runs.

Red Sox to extend protective netting at Fenway Park in 2018

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The Red Sox are the latest team to extend the protective netting at their ballpark this winter. According to a statement by club president Sam Kennedy, the exact dimensions of the netting have yet to be determined, but it will likely stretch “all the way to Field Box 79, down the left field line and then all the way down to almost Canvas Alley in the Field Box 9 area.”

Fenway Park received additional protective netting prior to the 2016 season, when the netting behind home plate was lengthened to the home and visitor dugouts. Per Kennedy’s statement, the current expansion should cover everything but the outfield corners, making it nearly impossible for a line drive foul to reach fans in the lower boxes.

After a toddler sustained serious injuries from a 105-MPH foul ball to the face at Yankee Stadium last September, over half of all MLB teams decided to take more extreme preventative measures in advance of the 2018 season. The Brewers, Cardinals, Braves, Astros, Royals, Pirates, Rangers, Padres, Nationals, Mariners, Phillies, Mets, Reds, Blue Jays, Giants, Yankees, Twins and Indians are among the organizations to address the issue over the last several years, while others have yet to take significant action.