Manny Ramirez hasn’t picked up a bat in knowledgeable baseball recreation since 2017 when he was making an attempt to make it in Japan’s Shikoku Island League Plus, however he mentioned one other comeback isn’t out of the query.
The 47-year-old informed The Taiwan Instances in an interview printed Wednesday he’s going to attempt to “discover a roster spot” within the Chinese language Skilled Baseball League.
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“I’ve been itching to get again within the batter’s field and be capable of compete once more. I additionally miss being round teammates and group dinners postgame,” he informed the newspaper. “I do know if I used to be given the chance to come back in a corporation as a player-coach, it could do nice issues for the group and the league.”
Ramirez performed within the Chinese language Skilled Baseball League in 2013 with the EDA Rhinos. He performed in 49 video games, batted .352, and hit eight dwelling runs. He was among the many finest gamers within the league that yr however thwarted his future within the league to return to the U.S.
Ramirez mentioned he’s acquired presents from the Atlantic League, an impartial U.S. league, however he’s seeking to get again to Taiwan.
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“My message to the CPBL golf equipment can be that I’m nonetheless assured in my means to function a player-coach and supply optimistic contributions to any ball membership that’s keen to have me on their employees/roster,” he informed The Taiwan Instances. “I’ve been understanding every day and retaining my thoughts comfy, with just one factor in thoughts – the right way to get again on the sector.”
Ramirez performed 19 years in MLB. He hit .312 with a .996 OPS and 555 dwelling runs. He received two World Sequence with the Boston Purple Sox and was key in serving to break “The Curse of the Bambino.”
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Ramirez mentioned since he’s been on lockdown in Florida, he’s been watching plenty of Taiwanese baseball.
“Due [to] COVID-19, I’ve been watching a lot of the CPBL video games on streaming websites,” he mentioned. “My routine consists of being awake by 6 a.m., studying and educating myself increasingly on the Bible adopted by 9 innings of Taiwanese baseball.”