Biographer looks back on working with Manny

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By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / April 12, 2011

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It’s fashionable in Boston to bash Manny Ramirez, who abruptly retired last week after apparently testing positive — again — for a performance enhancing drug. So what if the Red Sox would not have won the World Series in ’04 and ’07 without him? People around here prefer to malign Manny for his enormous salary and bizarre behavior. But if anyone has a right to complain, it’s Jean Rhodes, the University of Massachusetts Boston psychology professor who coauthored (with Shawn Boburg) “Becoming Manny.’’ Rhodes worked hard on the authorized bio — she gave Manny half the $250,000 advance — but the inscrutable slugger didn’t lift a finger to promote the book. “It took me about a year just to get through to Greta Garbo,’’ she said, referring to the reclusive Ramirez. “I managed to get him to authorize it, but then he would do nothing.’’ By the time the book came out in 2009, Manny was persona non grata in Boston, which didn’t exactly boost sales. “Put it this way: It’s not coming out in paperback,’’ Rhodes said yesterday. So what does she think about the drug tests? “Father Time caught up with him. I don’t believe he did this the whole time. He’s not Barry Bonds, who changed physically and numerically.’’ Rhodes said Manny belongs in the Hall of Fame but probably won’t get there. “He wasn’t looking out for his legacy,’’ she said. “It’s just another episode of Manny being Manny.’’

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