The Oakland Athletics shocked some teams this Winter by signing the other top international player not named Yu Darvish, Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes still has to go through the learning curve in Major League Baseball, but has befriended a teammate to help him exceed.
That friend is none other than Manny Ramirez.
According to Steve Henson of Yahoo! Sports, Ramirez has been comforting Cespedes, listening to him and giving him advice on each situation. Meanwhile, Ramirez is trying to fight for a job all the while planning to sit out 50 games due to a failed drug test for PEDs.
Cespedes has enormous talent and it is highly expected of him to put that to use quickly. Even General Manager Billy Beane speaks highly of him after signing him to a four-year, $36 million contract. An odd decision by Beane after implementing “Moneyball” nearly a decade ago.
“Yoenis is a unique physical talent,” Beane said. “He has strength and speed, and a history of producing. He’s a center-of-the-diamond talent in the prime of his career. Any time you spend these kinds of dollars, there’s a risk, but you don’t see a guy like this come along too often.”
Cespedes found a good player to confide in with Ramirez. Aside from the whacky-ness he brought to Boston and the failed PED test, Ramirez has hit 547 home runs, driven in 1,831 runs and has a career batting average of .312, something that should not go unnoticed when his time for the Hall of Fame comes.
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