According to reports out on Tuesday, March 12, the EDA Rhinos in Taiwan have a new big-name player. Reports indicate Manny Ramirez signed a short-term contract with the team to play baseball. USA Today shared the details on the new deal.
Ramirez will be playing for the EDA Rhinos from March through November of this year. Manny Ramirez signed a deal worth $25,000 a month, and he says he feels “blessed” to have the opportunity. Sure, this is just a fraction of his prior deals with teams in the U.S., but he says he's doing it because it's a great opportunity both for fans and for himself.
Of course Manny had a strong career for years, including 12 appearances in the All-Star game and earning MVP in the 2004 World Series. He was then suspended in May 2009 after testing positive for the use of human chorionic gonadotropin. Ramirez later tested positive for elevated testosterone, and he retired from baseball in April 2011.
Once Ramirez decided he wanted back in the game, he was given a 50-game suspension and he signed a minor league contract to play in Sacramento. He didn't play for long, however. Will the new deal to play in Taiwan lead to a comeback? Online commenters don't seem to be terribly impressed to hear that Manny Ramirez signed a new deal, and many point out on ESPN that the league in Taiwan has been known for issues as well. Are you excited to hear that Ramirez will be playing baseball again, albeit overseas?