Every baseball fan knows his name, and you either love him or you hate him. I’m talking about the man who is always being himself, Manny Ramirez.
Ramirez made his Major League debut 20 years ago with the Cleveland Indians. He played in Northeast Ohio until 2001 when he went on to play for the Boston Red Sox. His socks were Red until mid-2008 when he went from the Northeastern part of the country to the Southwestern part of the country to play for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Then in 2010 he played a little bit with the Chicago White Sox, and in 2011 he played five games with the Tampa Bay Rays.
After playing 17 Major League seasons, he went to the country of Taiwan and played for a professional baseball team called the EDA Rhinos. In Taiwan, he still showed signs of being a great player and was having a lot of success so the Texas Rangers decided to sign him to a Minor League deal.
Ramirez played for the Rangers’ Triple-A team, the Round Rock Express. He was a left fielder and put up some pretty nice numbers, for a 41-year-old at least. He played in only 30 games, but hit .259, three home runs and knocked in 13. His numbers might not seen too impressive, but if he played a full 162-game season, he was on pace to hit 16 home runs and knock in 70 runs. Most teams would take that kind of production from their left fielder seven-days-a-week and twice on Sunday.
Despite the decent numbers, today Manny Ramirez was given his release by the Texas Rangers organization. According to ESPN, Rangers’ GM, Jon Daniels, said they released him because there was not a spot for him on the team. A lot of teams around baseball will at least look at Ramirez and probably consider him. It would be hard not to. Ramirez hit 555 home runs in his career and has a life-time batting average of .312. If he hadn’t used steroids, he would be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
One of the other 29 MLB teams should sign Ramirez. He would be a good fit for a team that is fighting to make the playoffs, or a team that is under .500 but needs something to be happy about. But not a team like the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds just activated Ryan Ludwick off the DL and have an abundance of left fielders in the minor leagues. Also, with Ramirez’s age, there isn’t any reason why the Reds should sign him.