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  • 1980 - The Oakland Athletics sign Billy Martin to a two-year contract as manager. Martin, who was fired by the Yankees only four months earlier, will popularize the notion of “Billy Ball” with the A’s and lead the team to a split-season crown in 1981.
  • 2012 - The A’s sign slugger Manny Ramirez to a minor league contract, ending a retirement that began last April when he prefered to hang up his spikes rather than face a 100-game suspension for violating the Major Leagues’ drug policy. He still faces a 50-game suspension before the A’s can add him to their major league roster.

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