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Manny Ramirez is playing in the Dominican Winter League

Nov 8, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

Manny Ramirez AP

Manny Ramirez‘s comeback attempt with the A’s stalled at Triple-A, but now the 40-year-old is planning to play in the Dominican Winter League.

Last winter he was ineligible to play in the DWL because he was on MLB’s suspended list, but Paul Casella of reports that Ramirez will play for Las Aguilas.

Ramirez played 17 games at Triple-A for the A’s, hitting .317 with zero homers, three doubles, and a .697 OPS while striking out 17 times. He was released in mid-June and when Jorge L. Ortiz of USA Today caught up with Ramirez in September he was busy “taking my kids to their basketball games, their baseball games, taking them everywhere.”

Back then Ramirez said of his current status: “I have an incredible peace.”

  1. heyblueyoustink - Nov 8, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    I would have thought he’d be working out in Colorado or Washington this winter.

  2. Gardenhire's Cat - Nov 8, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    I can’t believe he was drafted the same year as the Yankees drafted Brien Taylor.

    • bigharold - Nov 8, 2012 at 2:31 PM

      Say what you want about Manny, .. he’s doing a lot better than Taylor at the moment.

      • urfinished - Nov 8, 2012 at 3:00 PM

        Not much. He’s broke.

      • 66orioles - Nov 8, 2012 at 6:15 PM

        I believe Manny’s doing a bit better. He has his kids it seems and is still getting paid to play a boy’s game.

        As for Taylor he is in prison.

        After retiring, Taylor moved to Raleigh, North Carolina and worked as a UPS package handler and later a beer distributor. He is the father of five daughters.

        By 2006, he had moved back home and was working as a bricklayer with his father. Taylor still lives with his parents, at the end of a street named after him, in a two-story brick and frame house that he built using his signing bonus.

        In January 2005, police charged Taylor with misdemeanor child abuse for allegedly leaving four of his children (ages from 2 to 11) alone for more than eight hours. He didn’t show up for his court date, and at one point there were four outstanding warrants for his arrest.

        According to financial records filed in a child support application, he makes $909 per month.

        In March 2012, Taylor was charged with cocaine trafficking after undercover narcotics agents purchased a large quantity of cocaine and crack cocaine from him over a period of several months.

        He was federally indicted on cocaine trafficking charges in June 2012.
        Taylor plead guilty in August 2012 and was sentenced to 38 months in prison.

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