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Manny Ramirez signs a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers

Jul 3, 2013, 4:37 PM EDT

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It’s on like Donkey Kong. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that The Rangers have signed Manny Ramirez to a minor league deal:

According to a major league source, the club has agreed to a deal with 41-year-old Manny Ramirez on a minor league deal. Ramirez, who recently left a Taiwanese team to give himself another shot at returning to the majors for the first time since 2011, will report to Triple-A Round Rock. Rangers club officials did not respond to requests for comment.

Ramirez raked in Taiwan, finishing his short stint there┬ánear the top of the league in batting average, homers, RBIs and walks. He was also a tremendous gate and television attraction. Ironically, interest in Manny Ramirez helped save baseball in Taiwan following a series of scandals in that country’s league.

But Taiwan is generally considered to be on-par with, maybe, single-A ball. In 2012 he struggled in Triple-A for the Athletics and then was released after 17 games. He has not played in the majors since a short, unsuccessful stint with the Rays in 2011 which ended with a drug suspension. His 2010 season was marred by another drug suspension. It’s kinda doubtful that he’s going to be a real contributor to a major league team, let alone a good one like the Rangers.

But now, the odds against him be damned, he has a chance to make it back to the bigs. And we all get to take the ride with Manny one more time.

  1. heyblueyoustink - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Why doesn’t he pick up a normal after baseball gig, like celebrity boxing or something?

    • chacochicken - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      I just thought..What if he has SARS? Manny seems like a believable patient zero.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:15 PM

        Whatever is living in that hair of his wards off sickness and evil, from what I’m told.

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:17 PM

      or dancing with the stars……

  2. chacochicken - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Our long national nightmare is finally over. Manny returns from East Asian exile.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:13 PM

      When Gen. MacArthur returned to the US from Asia in 1951, he was given a ticker-tape parade in NYC. That would seem to be the very least we should do now with Manny. :-)

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:18 PM

      Manny in Taiwan and Rodman in North Korea, WTF!

  3. flamethrower101 - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    WWHHHHHHHHYYYYYYYYYY!?!?!?

    • bendover09 - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:28 PM

      Why not ? He will come cheap & with Berkman injuries . No reason not to sign him. Besides Jon Daniels already said he has to work his way up first. If it does work out he’ll be released. Stupid not to sign him. Yankees really missed out on this deal

      • norcalkingsfan - Jul 4, 2013 at 5:05 AM

        no reason not to sign him? … really?

  4. notsofast10 - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Isn’t there a pending 50 game suspension waiting for him upon his return or am I imagining that?

    • flamethrower101 - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      Nope, that was last year. He’s good to come back anytime he wants…assuming he’s not washed up

  5. chadjones27 - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Doesn’t he still have that steroid suspension?

    • chip56 - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:51 PM

      He was serving a 100 game ban when he first “retired” with the Rays. As part of that retirement, his suspension was reduced to 50 games, then he unretired the following year and signed with the A’s.

      If he fails one more test, as a 3 time loser, he would be out for life (much like Pete Rose)

  6. cadillacjosh - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    I reaaaaally hope he makes the club.

    I wouldn’t say it’s better, but baseball is certainly more interesting when Manny is around.

    • cowboysoldiertx - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:27 PM

      Ill actually watch the Rangers this year if He does.

  7. chill1184 - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Manny’s back! YEA!

  8. jwbiii - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Three random facts about Round Rock:
    1) They sell Salt Lick barbequed brisket sandwiches at the ballpark, which is probably the finest food you can get at any ballpark, major or minor.
    2) They have an excellent bakery which sells excellent doughnuts, even if they can’t spell the word correctly.
    3) A former manager of mine lives there. She is not a baseball fan, which is about the only bad thing I can say about her.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      Hmmm, the sammiches in Pittsburgh were pretty tasty. That would be hard to beat.

      • stex52 - Jul 3, 2013 at 6:02 PM

        Central Texas Barbeque (Austin/San Antonio and surrounding small towns) is the best in Texas. And Salt Lick is competitive in that area. You would like it a lot.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 3, 2013 at 6:55 PM

        How’s the catfish?

  9. bostonian13 - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    MANNNNNNNNNY!

  10. beefytrout - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    My dad once said if the Rangers ever signed Manny Ramirez, he would stop watching them for good. Can’t wait to hear what he says about this.

    • tuberippin - Jul 4, 2013 at 3:17 AM

      Wait wait wait. Manny Ramirez was his cut-off point? Not Juan Gonzalez, or Pudge Rodriguez, or Alex Rodriguez, or Jose Canseco, or Gary Matthews Jr., or Jerry Hairston Jr.?

  11. lasvegassuicidekings - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    This guy is doing anything he can to keep his name in baseball …. Him and Pedro Martinez both disgust me

    • hockeyflow33 - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      Don’t like hall of famers huh?

      • nbjays - Jul 4, 2013 at 8:40 AM

        Manny a Hall-of-Famer? Bwahahahahahahahahaha!

  12. theinconvienenttruth - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    This should be interesting, considering he won’t be the best “Manny” in baseball for the first time.

  13. theonlynolan - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Seems odd that Manny would get this opportunity when Thome was obviously looking to play one more year and couldn’t find a job. Less drama and probably a more productive option but I guess Thome must’ve been looking for a guaranteed spot on an MLB roster.

  14. southernbrother - Jul 3, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Who cares why? I live in Round Rock – he’ll pack the ballpark as long as he’s here! :-)

  15. jimeejohnson - Jul 4, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Round Rock is best known as the international headquarters of Dell Computers.

  16. hitdog042 - Jul 4, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Manny has a chance at the hall. I have the same chance of marrying a supermodel millionaire. Give me a break. He has zero chance at the hall.

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