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Manny Ramirez hits a homer in his second game with the Iowa Cubs

Jul 1, 2014, 8:55 AM EDT

Manny Ramirez AP

Manny Ramirez was signed as a player/coach for the Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate the Iowa Cubs. The Cubs also said that no matter what happens, they are not calling him up to the bigs. He’s there to coach and mentor young players, that’s it. Which is OK. I think Manny showed over the past couple of years that he can’t really cut it anymore. Even against Triple-A pitchers, he’s been pretty much overmatched.

But that’s cool. Because sometimes, when things go just right, he’ll connect. And we’ll get to see homemade video of it to distract us from remembering that Ramiez is basically done as a baseball player:

Like last night:

  1. blacksables - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    I’d like to disagree about him being done, but I think it would be great from him to be back in the bigs.

    But that swing looked a little slow. He should have pulled that ball.

    • boogerhill - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:11 PM

      What happened to the hormones he used to share with ROIDtiz, big flabby?

  2. micknangold - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Hoo boy.

  3. dan12 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Look at that bat flip. He’s still got it.

  4. thomas844 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Whether it’s in Taiwan or the minor leagues, Manny seems to be enjoying himself playing baseball, and that’s all that really matters.

    • renaado - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:43 AM

      What I don’t understand though is why Manny Ramirez left the EDA Rhinos when the regular season is still ongoin and played back there in the States. He was doin pretty well there too not to mention his fanbase is pretty big there, so for him leavin them early is defenitely a question mark for me.

      • paperlions - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:14 PM

        How is that puzzling to you?

        He was probably just tired of being away from family and in Taiwan. For Manny, these are all personal choices, not professional/career choices.

      • renaado - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:36 PM

        The contract’s only one year, and the regular season there is 42 games shorter than the MLB. His family can visit him watchin his games if they want and the culture is definitely an experience. If he wanted to get back then why not just finish the season over there then return?

      • paperlions - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:26 PM

        Somewhat obviously….because he was ready to go home. It’s not that hard. Everywhere and every culture is not for everyone….and when you have the ability to make your own choices without worry about finances, there is no reason to do things you no longer want to do.

      • renaado - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:32 PM

        That’s understandable.

  5. jimmyt - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    “He’s there to coach and mentor young players, that’s it.” Coach and mentor huh? Caught cheating so many times he had to retire and come back as a minor leaguer. Doesn’t seem all that bright to me.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:34 AM

      As if he doesn’t have maybe a wee bit of experience on how to hit.

      • rossjcook - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:52 AM

        I agree he obviously knows how to hit a ball. I question his ability to impart that knowledge to another creature.

  6. unlost1 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Who thinks the Cub’s minor league team is better than the Cubs themselves?

    • rossjcook - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      While amusing, I don’t. However, they might make a serious run at the D-backs. Not the Rays though. Rays’ pitching, as evidenced from current articles, would simply overpower 7 or 8/9ths of the lineup.

  7. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Does anyone know if he ever sold that sweet grill of his? Why was a guy who made millions playing baseball selling his grill on Craigslist?

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      Seriously? He posted his grill on Craigslist?

    • zzalapski - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:15 AM

      The veracity of that posting has never been verified.

      http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/extras/extra_bases/2007/03/manny_grill_off.html

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:30 AM

      Sorry, my error. It was EBay, not Craigslist.

  8. musketmaniac - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    I brought up the subject of player/managers about two weeks before Manny was signed. There’s a ton of empty baseball being played each year. meaningless games, meaningless innings when the game is totally out of reach. Why not. what is wrong with finding a way to keep yesterday’s superstars in today’s game.

  9. blacksables - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Why is that my comments are subject to moderation?

    Unlike other commenters here, I don’t make racist comments, or suggest physical violence against those who disagree with me.

    Do you have to be a personal friend of the poster in order to get automatic posting here?

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