Some professional athletes just don’t know what to walk away and call it a career and enjoy a peaceful retirement. Former Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians slugger Manny Ramirez is one of those guys as he is not ready to officially retire from baseball despite not having played in a Major League game since the 2011 season.
“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.
The Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers signed Ramirez to minor-league contracts in the past two seasons, but he requested his release from both organizations after his call to the big leagues was not in the cards. The Rangers released him in August after hitting .252 in 30 games.
Ramirez fared well in Taiwan where he hit .352 with eight homers and 43 RBIs in 49 games with the Rhino EDA prior to his stint with the Rangers farm team.
“If it is God’s will, I could play in MLB this season. I just need a team to open the doors. I can help in the field and in the clubhouse for the younger guys,” he said.
The chances of Ramirez playing in the MLB this season are about as great as you or me suiting up for a big league club.