According to CBS Sports Baseball Insider Jon Heyman, Manny Ramirez is lurking around the bat rack in the Dominican Republic, hoping for the coach to send him in. Heyman tweeted earlier today:
Manny Ramirez has 4 HRs, a .559 slugging percentage and .974 OPS for Aguilas in the playoffs. Still hoping for comeback.
ManRam is starring for the Las Aguilas Eagles in the fabled Dominican Winter League. Another notable on the Eagles (and his protection in the lineup) is Miguel Tejada. You might be surprised to see some of the familiar talent that toils in the Caribbean leagues during this time of year, most seasons are wrapping up as Major League camps prepare to open in less than a month. MLB.com has pretty good coverage here.
Ramirez was last seen in the majors in April of 2011 for the Tampa Bay Rays, until news of an impending 100-game suspension for violating MLB’s drug policy. He was later reinstated but will have to serve a 50-game suspension if he signs with a team, which might be more than anyone is willing to take on. He had a brief audition with the Oakland A’s AAA Sacramento Rivercats in 2012 but failed to show his batspeed from years ago and was promptly released.
I believe we may not have seen the last of Manny (40 years old). He might have realized that this is (really) it, he’s got one more shot. With perhaps a more rigid workout regimen, along with some Winter Ball to get his timing back, who knows if an AL contender might be willing to take a flyer on a potential strong bat for the 2nd half of the season. Not often you can find a lifetime .312 hitter with 555 career home runs on the proverbial “trash pile”.
Does he still have pop? Here was his first Winter League AB:
– Dave (@lhd_on_sports)
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