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Ex-Dodger Manny Ramirez Arrested for Battery after Domestic Dispute

Former Los Angeles Dodger and World Series MVP Manny Ramirez was arrested for battery on Monday night after an alleged domestic dispute with his wife, reports the Associated Press.

Ramirez’s wife reported he slapped her face after an argument, causing her to hit her head on their bed’s headboard, according to a police report. The 39-year-old was arrested at their South Florida home soon after the domestic dispute.

Ramirez has denied hitting his wife although she had injuries consistent with her report, such as swelling in the left side of her face and a contusion on the back of her head. However, his wife did not seek medical treatment.

Simple criminal battery is most often prosecuted as a misdemeanor. If Ramirez had committed the crime in California and was ultimately convicted of battery against a spouse, the maximum punishment he would have faced is a $2,000 fine and/or one year in jail. Under Florida law, however, battery is a misdemeanor in the first degree and is punishable by a definite term of imprisonment of up to one year. At this time, Florida prosecutors have not decided whether to file formal charges, however.

The 12-time All-Star left fielder was the MVP of the 2004 World Series after he helped the Boston Red Sox end an 86-year championship drought. He joined the Dodgers in 2008 but was later traded to the Tampa Bay Rays amidst a steroid scandal. He retired from the game this April after he again tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance. Known for his exuberant demeanor while he was a player, Manny Ramirez's recent arrest for battery and alleged domestic dispute paints a different picture of the slugger.

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