Manny Ramirez Joins Chicago Cubs As Triple-A Player-Coach

May 26, 2014 1:38 PM
Manny Ramirez Joins Chicago Cubs As Triple-A Player-Coach
" CHICAGO (AP/CBS) — The Chicago Cubs want Manny Ramirez to mentor their minor leaguers at the very end of a colorful career that includes two World Series titles and a pair of suspensions for positive drug tests.

Ramirez signed a minor league deal with the Cubs on Sunday and will be a player-coach at Triple-A Iowa after he gets some at-bats in extended spring training at the team’s facility in Mesa, Arizona.

The 41-year-old Ramirez is a .312 hitter with 555 home runs in 2,302 games covering 19 major league seasons. Seven of those were in Boston, where Cubs executive Theo Epstein was the general manager of two Red Sox clubs that won it all with Ramirez playing a key role and earning a World Series MVP award.

“While Manny is not and will not be a fit on the Cubs’ major league roster, we do think at this stage of his life he’s a nice fit as a mentor for some of the young talented hitters we have in the organization,” Epstein said in a statement. “Manny will coach full-time and play part-time in a limited role that does not take at-bats away from our prospects "

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