Manny Ramirez has not played in the major leagues since receiving a performance-enhancing drug-related suspension in 2011 while a member of the Tampa Bay Rays, but he insists he has not retired.
“My qualities are still there, and I just need an opportunity to continue showing that the ‘Super Manny’ can help a team,” Ramirez said Thursday on “Grandes en los Deportes” on ESPN Radio 104.5 FM in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Ramirez is preparing for the 2014 season and even created his own personal training program in the Miami area, according to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes.
The 41-year-old outfielder/designated hitter impressed in his 2013 season with the EDA Rhinos in Taiwan, where he hit .352 and tallied 43 RBIs in 49 games. The Texas Rangers took notice and signed him to a contract with Triple-A Round Rock, but he was released after underwhelming performances in 30 games.
Ramirez received an offer for another season in Taiwan, but he is confident he can play in the major leagues this year.
“If it is God’s will, I could play in MLB this season,” Ramirez said. “I just need a team to open the doors.”