Manny Ramirez: who will turn 45 on May 30 this year, hasn’t played in affiliated ball since 2014, when he appeared in 24 games for the Cubs’ Triple-A squad. He hasn’t played in the majors since 2011, when he logged five games for the Rays before being hit with a 100-game suspension for his second violation of the the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Ramirez retired from the major leagues in lieu of serving that suspension.
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There are so many dingers that need to be hit, so many throws to be inexplicably cut off. And so, weeks after reports first surfaced that he was considering a comeback, we’re pleased to report that it’s official: Manny’s back. Ramirez’s wife also announced the news on social media.
Ramirez may be eligible for election to the Hall of Fame this year, but that doesn’t mean he’s done playing baseball. In fact, Ramirez will be playing in 2017.(wholesale mlb jerseys) On Sunday, Japan’s Kochi Fighting Dogs of the Shikoku Island League announced that they’ve agreed to terms with Ramirez. The Fighting Dogs — possibly an unfortunate nickname — are an independent league team in Japan and not part of NPB.
Ramirez, of course, stands as one of the great right-handed hitters of all-time. Given the level of competition he’s likely to face in his upcoming stint, don’t be surprised if he can still produce.
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