Manny Ramirez is on the board for the Iowa Cubs. The 42-year-old former Red Sox superstar smacked a two-run homer for the Cubs’ triple-A affiliate Monday off Omaha’s Sugar Ray Marimon. And the home crowd went sort of wild!
Manny of course is not in Iowa primarily to launch dingers, he’s there to instruct the young Cubs prospects in the ways of hitting. And occasionally hit a dinger and help the box office. As we know, Manny never disappoints. The fans were there to see Manny launch one, and Manny launched one.
Here’s my question: what if Manny keeps launching them? What if he just parks home run after home run down there in triple-A? Do the Cubs consider trying to deal him to an American League team that needs a DH for the stretch run?
I don’t care what Manny says about wanting to be an instructor, you know it’s in the back of his mind. You know that way back in Manny’s brain is a little voice telling him he can rake his way back to the bigs.
And to be honest, I don’t think it’s that far-fetched. Manny may be 42, but so what? He doesn’t have to play the field in the AL, he can DH. He can just go up and mash. If Julio Franco can play into his ’50s, Manny can certainly still get it done in his early 40s. Don’t count Manny out just yet.