By Pat O'Rourke
Manny Ramirez could be playing in a Major League ballpark near you.
That’s right; Manny’s comeback to the Majors has become realistic, being signed by the Texas Rangers to a minor league contract. This comes less than a month removed from his departure from the EDA Rhinos of the Chinese Professional Baseball League, where he hit .352 with eight home runs and 43 RBI. He left the team in mid-June due to homesickness.
Ramirez, who has a .312 career batting average, 555 home runs, and 547 doubles, last played in the Major Leagues in 2011 for Tampa Bay, being suspended after five games for PED use. He was a member of the Oakland Athletics organization for some of 2012, but was released on June 15th, never playing for the big club.