Stop me if you’ve heard this before – Manny Ramirez wants to return to Major League Baseball.
The slugger, who has been spending time playing Winter Ball is ready to return to the big leagues – this according to the Boston Globe:
Ramirez wants to continue playing and is trying to hook on with a team. “Manny will always be able to hit,” Segui said. “He loves to play, so it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s still looking for something.” Ramirez’s contemporary, Jim Thome, also resisted retirement to the bitter end.
While it’s a nice thought, it’s extremely unlikely.
Ramirez hasn’t played in the MLB since 2011 when he was suspended for PED use. He then attempted a comeback with both the AAA squads of the Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers, but wasn’t getting the job done and both teams opted to let Ramirez go.
Now 41, assuming he could produce at the Major League level is relatively laughable, especially since his lone position would be designated hitter.
His lone hope would be for a struggling team without a DH presence to sign him in hopes of bringing in additional ticket sales.