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Manny Ramirez set to make Triple-A debut for Cubs as 42-year-old player/coach

Jun 25, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

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One month after signing a minor-league contract with the Cubs to serve as a Triple-A player/coach Manny Ramirez is ready to make his Iowa Cubs debut.

Patrick Mooney of reports that Ramirez will be in Iowa’s lineup Thursday and the team released journeyman outfielder Casper Wells to make room for him on the roster.

Cubs president Theo Epstein has made it very clear all along that there’s no chance of the 42-year-old Ramirez being called up to the majors, but explained that “he’s a nice fit as a mentor for some of the young talented hitters we have in the organization.”

That now includes stud prospect Kris Bryant, who was promoted from Double-A to Triple-A last week, joining fellow top prospect Javier Baez in Iowa.

Ramirez played 30 games at Triple-A for the Rangers last season, hitting just .259 with three homers and a .698 OPS, and in 2012 he wasn’t any better at Triple-A for the A’s.

  1. rickrenteria - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Manny as mentor is doomed to failure.

    • El Bravo - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:21 PM


      • rickrenteria - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:07 PM

        Oh, I don’t know. Malcontent, clubhouse cancer, wife abusing, drug user comes to mind.

    • genericcommenter - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      This is about mentoring to be a BALLPLAYER, not a choir boy. Those negative traits you listed could be applied to many HOF players. (even white, pre-“steroid era” ones)

  2. Bar None - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    If he does a good job, put someone on the 60-Day DL on the last day of the season and give Manny a 1 game call-up.

  3. El Bravo - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Aaron, you’ve called Kris a stud so many times recently, I’m gonna reach out to him and see if I can set up a date for you two.

  4. musketmaniac - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    why not. I personally would like to see the player/coach come back.

  5. musketmaniac - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Bonds could player/coach the West Virginia Power. I’d Go

  6. wjarvis - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    They have said that not only will Manny not be getting a call up to the Cubs, but also that they don’t expect him to get more than a handful of at bats a week. He’s there to be a hitting instructor and they aren’t expecting more than that. I’m sure Theo has a much better idea than I do about how helpful Manny was to his teammates while he was in Boston. I do know that Manny does know a lot more about hitting than any of the Cubs prospects so he could be an asset.

  7. moogro - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    He would hit better than Giambi.

  8. edelmanfanclub - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Guy was my fave player growing up, he’s probably not a good mentor in terms of attitude and dedication. But he will show them how to swing a bat. Boy did Ramirez have a great swing. Dont bring up the steroid stuff, half of the stars got caught and i’d say a good amount of the half that didnt get caught were on it too.

  9. abrutalgrey - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    If the Cubs ever have pitching again they might be a very scary team once their lineup features Rizzo, Castro, Baez, Bryant, Soler, and Almora.

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