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Manny Ramirez worked out for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks

Nov 10, 2011, 2:26 PM EDT

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Jayson Stark reports that Manny Ramirez had a workout in Florida a couple weeks ago for Japan’s Fukuoka Softbank Hawks.

We knew he was interested in playing in Japan, so this is not a terribly big surprise. Likewise, you’ll not be shocked to hear that the workout “didn’t go well.”  I’m sure Manny still has some skills, but they’re likely not so great that they’re likely to overcome the fact that Japanese teams aren’t historically big on non-comformist yo-yos, and when you add in the recent criminal history of Manny’s, he’s toxic.  Sure, if they thought he could hit 50 homers in Japan someone would take a chance, but he’s certainly seen his best days and may have also seen all of his useful days. No one with that profile is worth the baggage.

I think Manny’s only shot at playing again is (a) submitting to his 100 game suspension with no fuss to show people he’s going to be a good citizen; and (b) going on an absolute Rocky IV-style training binge, putting himself in better shape than he’s been in for a decade or something.

But really: when was the last time Ramirez did something with no fuss and when was the last time Ramirez appeared to dedicate himself to the game with focus and determination?

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Nov 10, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    He should go to Russia to run up snow covered mountains and chop wood all day long?

    • cur68 - Nov 10, 2011 at 2:42 PM

      Regardless of if he made it back into baseball such a regime would do him a world of good (and us a needed break from him screwing up). While he was at it he could take along Dykstra, Canseco (Ozzie, too) and Clemens.

    • cowboysoldiertx - Nov 10, 2011 at 3:58 PM

      I want to hear him say “I shall break you, Selig”!

      • 78mu - Nov 10, 2011 at 5:41 PM

        I want to hear Manny being Manny in Japanese.

  2. bobwsc - Nov 10, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    the posh Rocky III gym is more his style (before Rocky / Clubber 1). it’s doubtful that he’d go to the inner city gym with Apollo for the rematch (or do sprints on the beach with the Master of Disaster, followed by awkward embraces in the water). actually, he loves the awkward man-hugs as his many embraces with Ortiz is proof of…but still, ghetto gym? ain’t happening. nor is the Siberian wood chopping workout that drmonkey mentioned.

    • b7p19 - Nov 10, 2011 at 4:02 PM

      That is one awkward scene with all the splashing, hugging, slapping, jumping, smiling, laughing, slow motion craziness. I like to pretend that scene never happened…much like Rocky 5.

  3. pisano - Nov 10, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Better yet, go to Tijuana, Mexico you can buy roids over the counter without an RX.

    • uyf1950 - Nov 10, 2011 at 2:47 PM

      How are you my friend? As I was read the above piece I kept waiting to see the phase “he’s in the best shape of his life”. But it wasn’t to be.

  4. El Bravo - Nov 10, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Here’s my prediction: Manny does both. He gets into the BSOHL and takes the hundred games. Then Theo and Manny reunite in Chicago just in time to walk the Cubbies through to their first World Series in over a century. That’s gonna happen.

  5. scatterbrian - Nov 10, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    So what you’re saying is: if I can change, and yous can change, and Manny can change, EVERYBODY can change?!

    • phukyouk - Nov 10, 2011 at 3:21 PM

      pretty much. but If he dies, he dies.. Wait.. What?

  6. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 10, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    Manny: serve your sentence, and give baseball one more try, while showing a thread of humility. Better to burn out than end a remarkable career like this, man.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 11, 2011 at 12:57 PM

      Why did this get so many thumbs down? I don’t understand.

  7. Glenn - Nov 10, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    Is that not the best name for a team that Manny would join?

    • JBerardi - Nov 10, 2011 at 9:58 PM

      Well it’s not the Ham Fighters, so… no.

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