MILWAUKEE -- Alfonso Soriano said he was one of many who used to respect Manny Ramirez because of the type of hitter he was and was saddened by the news that the outfielder reportedly tested positive for drug use. Ramirez announced his retirement Friday.
Soriano didn't know Ramirez well except when they saw each other at ballparks.
"We had a lot of respect for him because of the hitter he is," Soriano said. "What he did surprised me. A lot of players who use [PEDs] surprise me. It's very sad, an All-Star guy, maybe future Hall of Fame."
Can Ramirez make the Hall of Fame now?
"I don't think so," Soriano said.
After Soriano came back from playing in Japan, he had a tryout with the Indians and Ramirez was on the team at that time.
"I said, 'Man, I want to be like him one day,'" Soriano said. "Now, I see him, a great hitter, and I wanted to be a great hitter like him but not use what he used because it's negative for the game.
"I don't know why people use [PEDs]. Everybody has talent. I don't know why people want to use something to make them better. What God gave you, that's what you've got."
A few of the Cubs did not want to discuss Ramirez's situation.
"We want to play with a clean name, not like that," Soriano said. "I don't understand why he did it. I don't see why because he has so much talent."