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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Manny Ramirez May Play Winter Ball

You didn’t really think Manny Ramirez would just retire after his PED suspension and walk away from baseball in such ignominious fashion did you? You really thought he would just quietly walk away towards the depths of the afterlife without pulling off some “Manny Being Manny” trick? Shame on you.

If you happen to venture to the Dominican Republic on vacation in the winter and check out a ballgame, and you notice a player who looks like Manny Ramirez … it may be because that player is Manny Ramirez.

Enrique Rojas at ESPN Deportes has been communicating with Manny since his abrupt retirement from the game. He says Manny has consistently hinted that he may play winter ball in the Dominican Republic.

“Now I’m getting ready to defend the 21st crown of the Aguilas,” Ramirez told ESPNdeportes.com in a reference to the Aguilas Cibaenas — a Winter League team.

Who knows if Manny is still screwing around, but I have a tough time believing he’s at peace with everything. I have no doubt Manny wanted to play this year and I believe he wants to continue playing baseball, so the Dominican League is the perfect way for him to keep playing without dealing with his shameful suspension. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him do something like that to continue his playing career.

Maybe Manny will become like Jose Canseco and give us endless entertainment for years to come. I have no idea if that will happen, but I have a hard time believing Manny is completely done with baseball.

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