Still dream of Manny Ramirez wearing No. 24 for the Red Sox?
Well, that's not happening. But all of you members of the Bring Back Manny club may have a small thread of hope to hold on to as the former Sox slugger was released by the EDA Rhinos, the Chinese Professional Baseball League club that he had been playing for since March.
In 49 games for the Rhinos, Ramirez hit .352 with a .977 OPS to go along with eight home runs and 43 RBI, according to the blog Manny Does Taiwan.
The Focus Taiwan News Channel reports that Ramirez is leaving the team due to homesickness, though conflicting reports suggest he could be headed to the Nippon Professional Baseball league in Japan.
Ramirez played eight of his 19 seasons in Boston, hitting .312 with a .999 OPS to go along with 274 four-baggers. He was a member of the Red Sox World Series teams in 2004 and 2007, and was named the MVP of the 2004 World Series in which the Sox swept the St. Louis Cardinals. He was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers at the 2008 MLB non-waiver trade deadline in a three-team deal that brought Jason Bay to Boston.
With 555 home runs and .312 career batting average, Ramirez would be a lock for Cooperstown had he not twice been suspended for PED use.