To many, tagging Manny Ramirez as a "mentor" is an absurd suggestion, but at this point in his career, Ramirez can actually be a suitable role model—especially to Yoenis Cespedes.
Cespedes can certainly use one.
The Cuban defector recently moved to the United States to play in Major League Baseball for the first time in his career.
On the small-market Oakland Athletics team, Cespedes is alone in expectations and arguably talent. He could use a veteran of the game to keep him in check before it harms his game.
Cespedes has done well for himself so far.
He's produced decent enough while remaining relatively quiet. In just a few days time, he is set to return to action from the disabled list right as Ramirez reports for duty.
Both need each other.
Here are seven reasons why "ManRam," of all people, can be a reliable mentor to Cespedes.