Manny Ramirez Signs With Taiwanese Baseball Team

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In yet another chapter of “One Of My Childhood Idols Agreeing To Play In A Foreign Country I Didn’t Even Know Had Sports,” former Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez signed with the EDA Rhinos of the China Professional League in Taiwan.

Ramirez, 41, was hoping to be signed to a MLB roster this season but hasn’t found work in The League since being released by the Oakland Athletics last year and, according to Manny’s agent, no American League GMs are interested in bringing Manny aboard as a potential DH for 2013.

The terms of Ramirez’s contract with the Rhinos haven’t been made public, but information gathered by ESPNdeportes.com show that usually a good foreign player earns about $12,000 a month in Taiwan. Not exactly the riches Manny earned in the States now, is it?

It’s certainly not a surprise that nobody is willing to take a chance on Manny, despite his 555 home runs and a .996 career OPS. He’s never really been an athletic specimen and he’s only getting older, plus he comes with all his “Manny Being Manny” baggage and two past PED suspensions.

MLB teams still have until March 7th to extend a tryout for Ramirez but, let’s face it, that probably won’t happen. The last time we saw him get Major League action was with the Rays in 2011, when he went 1-for-17 before being slapped with his second suspension. I think it’s safe to say we won’t see him play here again, and that’s something that is a big blow to my childhood baseball memories.

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  • Elias

    You never know. Manny can still hit….he tore it up in the dominican playoffs hitting 4 bombs and batting well over .300. He might not be liked….but he can definitely still hit! You never lose the ability to hit your reactions just get slower. He will tear it up in Taiwan. Steroids or not the guy is an amazing hitter!

    • Invisible Mender

      Long about the time my Phils went dumpster diving for an injured Delmon Young to provide a right handed power bat, I was hoping they would bring Manny in for a look see. Ramirez got along well with Phils’ skip Charlie Manuel back when both were in Cleveland before Manny went all Hollywood.

  • http://NA JD

    Seeing him hit this off-season there is still alot of pop in the swing. The Dominican Winter Leagues consist of quality major leaguers and prospects. Manny must really love hitting and playing the game if he is going overseas for a small contract. He could make that much signing at a collectible show if he needed the money.

  • david

    Good ridance!
    Maybe the Taiwanese will be willing to put up with his crap. This fool has worn out his welcome.