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Manny Ramirez will likely make Minor League debut on Sunday

Jul 5, 2013, 11:15 PM EST

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Manny Ramirez will likely get his 2013 season started on Sunday with Triple-A Round Rock, reports Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest. The Rangers recently signed the controversial 41-year-old slugger to a Minor League deal in what amounts to a low-risk, medium-reward flier.

We last saw Ramirez in the Majors in 2011 when he had a very short-lived, controversy-laden stint with the Tampa Bay Rays. He posted a .118 OPS before failing a drug test, prompting his retirement. During the off-season, he requested and was granted reinstatement into Major League Baseball, then signed a Minor League deal with the Athletics as spring training began. With Triple-A Sacramento, Ramirez posted a .697 OPS in 69 trips to the plate. He requested his release from the team. During the off-season, he played in the Dominican Professional Baseball League.

Ramirez signed with the EDA Rhinos of the Chinese Professional Baseball League in Taiwan for the 2013 season. There, he finally found success at the dish, hitting .352 with eight homers and 43 RBI in 49 games. Ramirez opted out of his contract with the Rhinos on June 15, then signed with the Rangers, effectively starting the next chapter of his waning baseball career.

Love him or hate him, you can’t slight the guy’s passion for the game. Not many 40-year-olds, let alone those who have done as much on the field and earned as much money as Ramirez has in his career, would traverse the globe to continue playing for relative peanuts in relative obscurity. And in a season in which Raul Ibanez is helping us rethink what we know about 40-year-olds playing baseball, it wouldn’t be the strangest thing if Ramirez hit his way back into the Majors.

  1. badintent - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    After giving up 13 runs in his last two starts with Jays and demoted to AAA, Wang will start against Manram. Manny will think he’s back in Taiwan.And go deep.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 7, 2013 at 2:36 AM

      If any jays pitcher got demoted to AAA Manny would think he was back in Taiwan!! The whole staff is terrible!!

      • badintent - Jul 7, 2013 at 2:43 AM

        Shame too, the bullpen is sooooo good.With Reyes back the offense was started to click again.Say, is Roger looking at signing in August again. ? LOL

  2. pisano - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Manny is like a stray cat, if you feed him, he’ll keep coming back for more. Don’t feed him.

    • sabatimus - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:43 PM

      That the same criteria for a troll. I think, given Manny’s history with PEDs, a troll is more apt.

  3. dickclydesdale - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Manny is a douche bag flake! He gave up on the Dodgers, White Sox, Rays, and now his foreign teammates. Next up Rangers..He will quit on you before you know it!

  4. sfm073 - Jul 6, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    Or he is broke and trying to make any money he can.

  5. mrznyc - Jul 6, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    Broke did come to mind.

  6. redsox711 - Jul 6, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    He’s failed a drug test two or three times, right ? How many times does it take to not be able to play in MLB anymore? What a joke.

  7. 13arod - Jul 6, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    redsox711 he failed 2 drug test and it takes 3 failed drug test to be banished from the league

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 7, 2013 at 2:37 AM

      And it takes a IQ of 75 to follow Nascar!! Guess which sport you should be following 13arod?

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