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Manny Ramirez Stimulates Albuquerque

6/19/2009 3:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

He's not even a shoe-in to play -- but the mere rumor that suspended L.A. Dodgers cheater Manny Ramirez will make his baseball comeback with a AAA team in New Mexico is already sending ticket sales "through the roof."

Manny Ramirez

After the L.A. Times reported Manny would join the Albuquerque Isotopes line-up on Tuesday, a rep for the team told us phones began ringing off the hook for tickets and a line formed "around the block 30 minutes before the box-office opened its doors." FYI -- the rep told us the Dodgers haven't officially confirmed Manny's return.

Manny is currently serving a 50-game suspension after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug back in May -- and the reason the Dodgers would send him to the minor leagues would be to ease him back into form.

Meanwhile, the Manny-less Dodgers have the best record in baseball.

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San Diego    

First

1929 days ago
2.

ebcconsultants    

Manny is one of the most electrifying players of our generation. You can try and be mad at manny, arod, sosa, but the thing you have understand is 103 players in 2003 tested positive for steroids. Probably more, but got away with it. The fact of the matter is these players are getting slammed in the baseball community and media but they are only a few of many.

No Fee Apartment Rentals NYC
In terms of manny getting a lot of publicity in AAA - he has a huge fan base. He is fun to watch and draws a lot of attention and thats why he gets the big bucks.

1929 days ago
3.

dean's girl    

I'm a long time Dodger fan and they can LEAVE Manny in New Mexico for all I care!!

1929 days ago
4.

MK    

I think his suspension is a little extreme, but if MLB is going to make an example of someone, might as well make it a big name player. Meanwhile, Barry Bonds has never been indited on anything....what a bunch of crap

1929 days ago
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Eddie    

I got my tickets. I stood in 85 degree weather for 15 minutes to get these. There's quite a buzz in a city about something positive for once.

1929 days ago
6.

jbob    

they got a 4 game series against my omaha royals coming up, might actually go check it out if man-ram is gonna be playing.

1929 days ago
7.

shelly    

chell - the difference is Barry Bonds has never TESTED positive. Sure he's done them, but has never tested positively.

Manny, on the other hand, is an idiot and based upon his IQ alone should not be allowed to play ball. Effing moron.

1929 days ago
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hnnnasdf    

this is no different than carrie prejean showing her nipples. just cheating and lying through and through. doesnt albuquerque have its own puerto rican drug dealers already?

1929 days ago
9.

kevin jean is forgy    

Manny is gonna play for the Inland Empire 66ers.Alot closer to L.A. than New Mexico....If minor leaguers get suspended for roids why does this clown get to play in minors before his suspension is over???

1929 days ago
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hnnnasdf    

to number 4 Eddie......
"positive"? yeh, the only positive here is the drug test. not only should he be expelled for life from all sports, but given 5000000000 hours of community service and ordered to pay back every cent he's ever made in sports. He then should donate his kidneys and live in a tent under the bridge where he can smoke all the crack he wants and never get a haircut.

1929 days ago
11.

Michael Madsen    

God Bless Cheaters... Clinton, Bonds, Madoff, ... I mean... it's the way to go....

1929 days ago
12.

Mr.DNA    

A "shoe-in" ? LMFAO Where do you find the idiots that write this stuff?

1929 days ago
13.

turtle    

The San Bernardino Sun (CA) said he would be coming to the 66'rs minor league for a warmup. The site was closer to LA and more convenient. Who knows where he'll show up...perhaps Florida, where his home is?

1929 days ago
14.

Orion    

For what he did, he should make his comback beginning with Little League!

1929 days ago
15.

Tiger's Help Sucks Too    

I wouldn't go as far as my mailbox to see Manny.

1929 days ago
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