Former Major League slugger Manny Ramirez says he has made some mistakes when it comes to performance-enhancing drugs, but still believes he can contribute to a roster this season.
Ramirez, 41, retired in 2011 to avoid his second suspension for PED use, and had his original 100-game ban receded to 50 games. He last appeared in the majors as a pinch hitter with the Tampa Bay Rays.
He then attempted Triple-A stints with the Oakland Athletics in 2012 and the Texas Rangers last year but failed to get called up.
"When you make a mistake in life, no matter what you do, you're going to pay the price," Ramirez said to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal. "That's what happened to all of the players that did it. I'm not going to judge people. Everybody is human. Everybody makes mistakes. ...
"You're going to feel guilty about what you did. But you did it. You move on. And you learn from it."In his 19 MLB seasons, Ramirez has a career .312 average with 555 home runs and 1,831 RBI.
"Sometimes, we get caught up in the moment. We start hanging out with the wrong people. But you know, everything in life happens for a reason, so you can appreciate what you are," Ramirez said.