Manny Ramirez can’t put his baseball playing days behind him.
The former Boston Red Sox left fielder and 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame nominee recently expressed a desire to return to baseball, and on Monday, it became official. Ramirez agreed to a contract with the Kochi Fighting Dogs of the independent Shikoku Island League in Japan, the team announced.
Ramirez’s wife Juliana also posted about it on Instagram.
The 44-year-old, who spent most of his 19 Major League Baseball seasons with the Cleveland Indians and Red Sox, last played professional baseball in 2014 as a player-coach for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs. His last major league appearance came in 2011 for the Tampa Bay Rays.
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