Monday, May 2, 2011

Manny Ramirez says he will play winter baseball in Dominican Republic

Manny Ramirez, the Dominican Baseball Guy's all-time favorite player, abruptly retired from MLB last month after he faced a second suspension for performance enhancing drugs.  Ramirez has said little about his retirement from MLB.

However, he recently hinted that he may return to play winter baseball in his native Dominican Republic.  He told ESPN Deportes: "Now I'm getting ready to defend the 21st crown of the Aguilas."

He also texted, "tell the fans to not despair because winter ball is coming soon."

The Dominican Baseball Guy is pretty excited about this possibility and will be there to see him in Dominican League of Winter Baseball (LIDOM) action next year if he does play in the winter season.  Luichy Sanchez, a member of the Aguilas Cibaenas baseball operations staff, says Ramirez old winter league team is also excited about the possibility and would certainly welcome him with open arms.

Manny spent three winter league seasons with the Aguilas from 1991 to 1995.  He is from Santo Domingo, DR.
Manny Ramirez with the Red Sox, by Keith Allison on Flickr

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