July 5, 2013 |
Manny may be coming back, but his dreadlocks are taking a holiday. The Texas Rangers agreed Wednesday on a minor-league deal with Ramirez, 41, last seen with Taiwan's EDA Rhinos. He hit .352 with eight home runs and 43 RBIs in 49 games with the Rhinos, who offered to raise his salary from $25,000 to $60,000 to get him to stay. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said part of the deal was that Ramirez, twice suspended for positive drug tests, agree to cut his hair. (Yeah, that'll do it.)
February 27, 2013 |
MANNY RAMIREZ said he will play in Taiwan if he doesn't have a deal with a major league team by March 7, according to a report. "I will play in Taiwan if I cannot get work in the U.S. by that deadline," Ramirez told ESPNDeportes.com. "It will be a new experience, to experience another culture while I keep doing what I love and what I've done in all my life, playing baseball. " Ramirez played 19 seasons before retiring in April 2011 after violating Major League Baseball's performance-enhancing drug policy for a second time.
June 21, 2013
After putting up some eye-popping numbers with Taiwan's EDA Rhinos (.352 average 43 RBIs, 8 homers in 49 games), Manny Ramirez figures it's time for the big leagues. The Rhinos said they tried to keep Ramirez (promising to raise his monthly pay from $25,000 to almost $60,000, which is a lot of money in the Chinese Professional Baseball League) but the 41-year-old, 12-time all-star said he missed his family. He left Taiwan and was to arrive in New York on Friday. "This whole thing with Manny in Taiwan was a phenomenon.
June 16, 2008 |
Manny being Manny. Charlie Manuel knew what that was long before the rest of the baseball world, long before the expression was coined. He got his first glimpse of it in June 1993, when he was manager of Cleveland's triple-A Charlotte club and Manny Ramirez was an Indians prospect on a fast track to the big leagues. Manuel, the Phillies' fourth-year manager, started laughing recently when he recalled the day Ramirez arrived in Charlotte. Ramirez came right from the airport to the ballpark.
October 8, 2008 |
Be sure of this much: When Manny Ramirez walks to the plate for the first time tomorrow night for the Dodgers, Fox analyst and former Phillie Tim McCarver won't pull his punches. Never has, never will. "It's extraordinary - the dichotomy between what he was in Boston and what he is in Los Angeles," McCarver said. "I mean, talk about wearing out your welcome in a town, and it was a long welcome with the Red Sox. But some of the things he did were simply despicable, despicable - like not playing, refusing to play.
October 16, 2009 |
So this is love. Dodgers fans and Manny Ramirez, dysfunctionally connected since last summer, seemed to go through the entire gamut of their relationship during Game 1 of the NLCS. There were high points and cheers, dramatic reunions and crushing disappointments. In the end, after the Phillies won, 8-6, they left it where it started, somewhere between devotion and suspicion. In the NLCS opener, Ramirez stepped to the plate in the fifth inning, with the Dodgers losing 5-2 and a runner on base.
December 5, 2011 |
DALLAS - The suddenly splurging Miami Marlins landed their second big free agent in a matter of days, agreeing Sunday night to a $106 million, six-year contract with all-star shortstop Jose Reyes , a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press. The Marlins gave the NL batting champion a deal that includes a club option for 2018 that would make the contract worth $120 million, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not yet been announced.
March 14, 2013 |
A cautionary tale: One century, you're the "Eighth Wonder of the World" - the next, you're just another derelict. The Astrodome, the awe-inspiring home and namesake of the National League Houston Astros when it opened in 1965, has been unfit for occupancy since 2009, still has about $30 million in construction debt, and sits deteriorating next to Reliant Stadium, home of the NFL Houston Texans. The 'Stros? They are now in the American League and have played in a retractable-roof arena since 2000.
April 10, 2011
Terry being Terry about Manny being Manny After manager Red Sox Terry Francona heard Friday that his former star performer, Manny Ramirez , was going to retire rather than face a potential 100-game suspension for allegedly violating baseball's substance abuse policy a second time, the Boston skipper needed time to mull it over. "I thought about it last night a little bit, and I think my answer is I really don't have a comment," Francona said Saturday before his team lost to the Yankees.
October 13, 2008 |
LOS ANGELES - Something had to be done. That was basically the message Manny Ramirez carried to people after last night's 7-2 scrum-infested Dodgers victory here. That, and this: It's done. "What happened in Philly, we think that wasn't right," the Dodgers' leftfielder said. "You know we're here and we want to send a message that we want to play the game right. " Manny seemed to want to do more than just send a message after both benches emptied last night. Led by coach Bob Schaefer, several Dodgers had to pull him away from several Phillies.