DES MOINES - Manny Ramirez is joining the Iowa cubs. You read that correctly. The 41 year old is plucked out of retirement by Theo Epstein and will serve as a player/coach for the I-Cubs.
Ramirez was a 12-time All-Star when he played in the majors. But, the last time Manny played in a major league game was 2011. Ramirez was also suspended twice for performance enhancing drugs.
Epstein hopes Manny can mentor some of the young hitters in Iowa about what to do on the field and what not to do. Ramirez will not be an everyday player for Iowa but will get some occasional at bats and sometimes be a DH.
Sam Bernabe, I-Cubs General Manager, says Manny will likely join the I-Cubs on June 5th when the I-Cubs host Colorado Springs in a 4-game set at Principal Park. Right now Ramirez is down in Arizona for extended spring training with the Cubs organization.
Manny released a statement, "I'm at the stage of my life where I really want to give something back to the game I love, the game has meant so much to me and done so
much for me and my family. I have a lot of knowledge to pass on to the next generation, both what to do and what not to do."
Whatever happens Manny will definitely attract larger crowds at Principal Park when he's here.