Back in April, a New York memorabilia company put up for auction a corked bat that was allegedly used by Manny Ramirez when he played for the Cleveland Indians (1993-2000). That auction came with an x-ray showing that the bat had been illegally corked, as well as some evidence that the bat was drilled and repainted.This wasn’t the first time there was evidence that Manny cheated during his days in Cleveland. In a recent radio interview, Jeff Morris, a former executive with Pacific Trading Cards, recalled a story of how his company had obtained two bats used by Manny that turned out to be corked.
In 2000, Pacific Trading Cards cut up on of the two bats and inserted the pieces into a series of baseball cards. During the production of the cards, it became apparent that the bat included some cork. And despite efforts by the company to remove the cards with cork from production, a few still found their way into circulation.
One of the cards (seen above) is now up for bid on eBay, for a whopping $5,000.
It is not clear if the card company obtained the bats directly from the Indians and Ramirez (they probably did not). However, Morris says that they matched markings on the bats to those used by Manny during games.
Morris says the second bat was not used by the company. However, he later confirmed with an x-ray that the second bat was also corked. It is unclear if this second bat is the same bat that was auctioned last year.
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