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Manny Ramirez | Outfielder

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (44) / 5/30/1972
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Drafted: 1991 / Rd. 1 (13) / CLE
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The Kochi Fighting Dogs of the Shikoku Island League Plus in Japan announced Sunday that they had signed former MLB 12-time All-Star Manny Ramirez.
The Shikoku Island League Plus is independent baseball and in no way associated with Nippon Professional Baseball. Ramirez last appeared in the big leagues in 2011, where he appeared in five games with the Rays. He last played professionally as a player-coach for the Cubs at Triple-A Iowa in 2014. It sounds as though the 44-year-old slugger is doing this simply out of his love for the game of baseball and desire to continue competing at any level. Jan 8 - 11:00 PM

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Manny Ramirez's wife Juliana told TMZ Sports that her husband "is training extremely hard" and has been in talks with a pro team outside the United States.

Manny last appeared in a live baseball game in the 2014 Dominican Winter League, after spending the summer of 2014 as a player/coach for the Cubs' Triple-A affiliate. He is 44 years old, so it's probably safe to say this comeback plan doesn't include a return to Major League Baseball -- Manny hasn't appeared in a game at the sport's highest level since 2011. "He is training extremely hard," Juliana Ramirez told TMZ on Thursday. "Batting, CrossFit, Orange Theory. He never stops. ... Baseball is the love of his life other than his family and I totally support him 100 percent ... 'cause I know how much it means for him."
Source: TMZ.com
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 10:47:00 AM

The BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot was announced on Monday with Manny Ramirez, Vladimir Guerrero and Ivan Rodriguez headlining the 19 new additions.

All three have strong cases for inclusion in Cooperstown. They'll be joined on the ballot by first-timers Casey Blake, Pat Burrell, Orlando Cabrera, Mike Cameron, J.D. Drew, Carlos Guillén, Derrek Lee, Melvin Mora, Magglio Ordóñez, Jorge Posada, Edgar Rentería, Arthur Rhodes, Freddy Sánchez, Matt Stairs, Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield.
Mon, Nov 21, 2016 12:44:00 PM

Manny Ramirez's agent said Monday that his client isn't ready to retire as a player.

Ramirez served as a player-coach this year for the Cubs' Triple-A affiliate in Iowa, batting .222/.273/.375 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 24 games. He's also currently playing winter ball in the Dominican. It's doubtful that a major league team will offer the 42-year-old any sort of guaranteed contract.
Mon, Nov 10, 2014 03:40:00 PM

Cubs president Theo Epstein hasn't ruled out Manny Ramirez for the team's assistant hitting coach job.

Ramirez served as a player-coach at Triple-A Iowa this season, batting .222/.273/.375 with three home runs and 10 RBI over 24 games. He wants to play winter ball this offseason, so it looks like he hasn't given up on his playing career. He'll turn 43 next May.
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 01:48:00 PM

Cubs signed OF Manny Ramirez to a minor league contract.

Ramirez will work out at the team's spring training complex for a while before reporting to Triple-A Iowa as a player-coach. The soon-to-be 42-year-old will not be considered for a promotion to the major league club with the Cubs, though he could be allowed to leave if he finds a big league gig elsewhere. "While Manny is not and will not be a fit on the Cubs major league roster, we do think at this stage of his life he's a nice fit as a mentor for some of the young talented hitters we have in the organization," president Theo Epstein said in a statement.
Sun, May 25, 2014 12:09:00 PM

Zach Links of MLBTradeRumors.com reports that Manny Ramirez is receiving interest from "several" major league teams.

There have been reports that he could catch on with an independent league team, but Links says Manny is only considering a minor league deal or signing with a Japanese club. Slated to turn 42 next month, Ramirez spent last year in China and briefly at Triple-A with the Rangers before being released.
Fri, Apr 18, 2014 01:59:00 PM

Manny Ramirez told FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal that he is still hoping to continue his playing career.

Ramirez posted a weak .698 OPS in 30 games last season for the Rangers' Triple-A affiliate and will turn 42 years old this May, but he is on a CrossFit program and claiming to be in vastly-improved physical shape. "Nobody is going to hit like when they were 25, 27 or 30 when they're 41 years old," Manny told Rosenthal. "I don't care how good you are. It's not going to happen. But you can contribute in other ways."
Source: FOX Sports
Thu, Mar 13, 2014 12:04:00 PM

According to Zach Links of MLB Trade Rumors, Manny Ramirez has switched agents and is now represented by Alex Esteban of Miami Sports Management.

Ramirez, previously represented by Barry Praver and Scott Shapiro, still has interest in continuing his playing career. He turns 42 years old in May and underwhelmed in 30 games with the Rangers' Triple-A affiliate last year, so it's hard to envision an MLB team seeing him worth the hassle at this point.
Mon, Feb 17, 2014 05:36:00 PM

Manny Ramirez's agent, Barry Praver, said Monday that his client still hopes to continue his playing career.

Ramirez was released by the Rangers in August after batting just .259/.328/.370 with three home runs in 30 games at Triple-A Round Rock. Praver said he is staying in shape and open to opportunities in MLB and Japan. He turns 42 years old next May.
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 05:39:00 PM

Rangers released DH Manny Ramirez.

Manny was batting just .259/.328/.370 with three home runs in 30 games at Triple-A Round Rock and the Rangers saw no reason to keep stringing him along. The 41-year-old will presumably try to latch on with a new organization.
Tue, Aug 13, 2013 04:28:00 PM

According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Rangers have no plans to call up Manny Ramirez.

Wilson writes that Texas "will likely decide this week if they will keep the veteran slugger in the system" any longer. Ramirez, 41, has batted .269/.347/.418 with three home runs and 10 RBI over his first 18 games this season at Triple-A Round Rock. He signed a minor league contract with the Rangers on July 3.
Mon, Jul 29, 2013 01:32:00 PM

T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com hears that the Rangers aren't planning to call up Manny Ramirez after the All-Star break.

Ramirez is hitting .300 (9-for-30) with three home runs and six RBI over eight games with Triple-A Round Rock, which has led to some speculation that a promotion could be just around the corner, but the Rangers have no immediate plans to call him up. Of course, that could change if he keeps producing.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Tue, Jul 16, 2013 10:51:00 AM

Manny Ramirez has already undergone one "random" drug test since reporting to Triple-A Round Rock.

And he's only been there since Sunday. Manny has been busted for performance-enhancing drugs twice in his major league career so he carries a big target on his back. He's 3-for-12 with a homer and three RBI so far with Round Rock and could become a realistic option for the Rangers at some point after the All-Star break.
Thu, Jul 11, 2013 01:32:00 PM

Manny Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI, a walk, and two runs scored Tuesday in his third game with Triple-A Round Rock.

Ramirez went 1-for-6 with a walk and a strikeout over his first two games with the Rangers' Triple affiliate, so Tuesday was his best game yet. While it's a positive sign, he'll need to have a few more games like this one before the Rangers consider calling him up. There's no reason to stash him outside of AL-only fantasy leagues right now.
Source: MiLB.com
Wed, Jul 10, 2013 08:39:00 AM