It’s not often that professional athletes want to come out of retirement at age 47, yet the headline of the day is “Manny Ramirez Eyeing Return to Baseball“.
Manny Ramirez Eyeing Return: CPBL
Ramirez recently sat down with The Taiwan Times and talked about a potential return to action in the Chinese Professional Baseball League. “My goal for 2020 is to find a roster spot in the CPBL”, said Ramirez. “I have been working out daily and keeping my mind at ease, with only one thing in mind, and that’s how to get back on the field”. The 12-time All-Star selection has not played professional baseball since an attempt at playing in Japan in 2017.
Manny has recently spent time in Florida with his wife and three kids. All three of them play baseball, and Manny still finds time to swing a bat at least once per day. Ramirez also mentions in the interview that he misses a lot of aspects of organized ball and has had his eyes set on a return for quite some time.
The move to sign Ramirez would be a beneficial one for any CPBL club right now. Manny mentions that when he played in the league in 2013, attendance numbers quadrupled. While fans cannot attend games currently, it would certainly help the streaming numbers that the CPBL receives on a nightly basis. Ramirez played for the EDL Rhinos in 2013, posting a batting average of .352 along with 43 RBI’s and 8 home runs.
The Atlantic League, an independently run league in the U.S., has reached out to Ramirez and offered him a spot before. However, Manny wants to play in Taiwan. He mentions in the Times interview that he’s been keeping up with the CPBL since the COVID-19 pandemic started and wants to get back out on the field. It will be interesting to see if he gets the opportunity.
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