Manny Ramirez Rumors: Taiwan League Contract 'Hasn't Materialized'

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMay 21, 2020

Boston Red Sox left fielder Manny Ramirez removes his helmet after flying out to end the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park in Boston, Saturday July 26, 2008. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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A contract offer for former MLB All-Star outfielder Manny Ramirez reportedly "hasn't materialized" amid his efforts to make a comeback in Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League.

Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported the update Wednesday and noted Ramirez will continue to seek opportunities to potentially join a team for the second half of the 2020 CPBL season.

In April, the 47-year-old Dominican Republic native confirmed to Mark Buckton of the Taiwan Times he wanted to play again after being part of the league's EDA Rhinos (now the Fubon Guardians) in 2013.

"My goal for 2020 is to find a roster spot in the CPBL," he said. "I have been itching to get back in the batter's box and be able to compete again. I also miss being around teammates and team dinners postgame. I know if I was given the opportunity to come in an organization as a player-coach, it would do great things for the organization and the league."

Ramirez most recently played for the Kochi Fighting Dogs of Japan's Shikoku Island League Plus in 2017.

The 12-time MLB All-Star was one of the league's best sluggers across a 14-year stretch with the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox, where he accumulated at least 20 home runs every season, including a career-high 45 in both 1998 and 2005.

In all, he posted a .312/.411/.585 triple-slash line with 555 homers in 2,302 games across 19 years. He retired from MLB in 2011 after receiving a 100-game suspension for his third positive test for performance-enhancing drugs. He'd served a 50-game ban in 2009.

Ramirez's other accolades include two World Series titles (2004 and 2007) with the Red Sox, the 2004 World Series MVP, nine Silver Slugger Awards and the 2002 AL batting title.

He was also one of MLB's most entertaining players, spawning the phrase "Manny being Manny."

It's unclear how much pop he has left in his bat as he approaches 50, though.

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