Now on the day of his final high school game, Manny Jr., a first baseman and outfielder, sits near the batting cages at the IMG Academy late last week. He came here three years ago with the blessing of his mother, Celia Fernandez, believing the concentration of school and baseball would better prepare him for a baseball life. He has grown to 6-foot-3, taller and lankier than Manny Sr. but also very much a mirror of his father when he first joined the Cleveland Indians in 1993. He is certain to be selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft in June.
A telling and slightly sad part of the story is where the 17 year-old Manny Jr. talks about his father and finds it necessary to say “I think with everything that has happened he has matured.”
But beyond that, it sounds like young Manny Raimirez has a future.