Retired Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez to be arraigned

Former baseball all-star Manny Ramirez will be arraigned Friday on a battery charge stemming from a domestic violence incident.

Story highlights

  • Ramirez allegedly hit his wife in their Florida home
  • A judge orders him to stay at least 500 feet away from her
  • Ramirez hit 555 career home runs
  • He was suspended in 2009 for violating the league's drug policy
Former baseball all-star Manny Ramirez will be arraigned Friday morning on a battery charge stemming from a domestic violence incident involving his wife.
Florida authorities formally charged Ramirez with misdemeanor domestic violence/battery late last month.
Broward County officers took Ramirez, 39, into custody after responding to a 911 call that his wife made September 12 from their home in Weston, Florida.
"My husband just hit me," Juliana Ramirez told the emergency operator.
She told police her husband slapped her in the face during an argument, causing her to hit her head against the headboard of a bed.
Manny Ramirez told authorities he "grabbed his wife by the shoulders," and she subsequently hit her head, a police report said.
The wife suffered red swelling on the left side of her face and a small bump on the back of her head -- injuries police documented as being consistent with her account of the altercation.
The next morning, Judge John Hurley told Ramirez he could have "no direct contact with his wife," and ordered him to stay at least 500 feet away from her, their home and her place of work.
The former Boston Red Sox star -- who hit 555 career home runs -- announced his retirement from Major League Baseball in April, rather than continue with the league's drug prevention and treatment program.
He was suspended in 2009 for 50 games after violating the league's drug policy.