When last we saw Manny Ramirez, he was serving as a hitting consultant for the Cubs organization, splitting time between Chicago and Iowa. Before that he was a player/coach — emphasis on the “coach” — for their Triple-A club. Before that he played 49 games in Taiwan.
He has not played in the big leagues since he did a five-game stint for the Rays in 2011. The fact that his big leage career ended in a couple of PED suspensions suggests that, even five years ago, his body was not up to challenge of big league ball anymore.
But it seems he may wish to play pro ball again, at the age of 44. At least so says his wife. She tells TMZ that Manny is in talks with a professional baseball team outside of the United States. And that he’s training super hard:
“He is training extremely hard . . . Batting, CrossFit, Orange Theory. He never stops. I told him, ‘Go for it!’ Baseball is the love of his life other than his family and I totally support him 100% … ’cause I know how much it means for him.”
Ramirez is on the Hall of Fame ballot this year. Will he be on a professional roster someplace too? Related: will it be in a league with a strong anti-drug policy? Just tryin’ to plan for future posts, you guys.
The Orioles won their 19th game of the season 11 days ago. The club snapped a nine-game losing streak on Sunday afternoon, taking down the Marlins 10-4 to finally cross the 20-win threshold. Aside from the Orioles, who have baseball’s worst record (20-50), the White Sox were the slowest team to reach 20 wins, securing No. 20 on June 6 — 11 days ago, for those of you keeping score.
Mark Trumbo had three hits including a solo home run, three runs scored, and two RBI. Jace Peterson knocked in four runs, including two with a two-run homer. Starter Dylan Bundy wasn’t particularly sharp, giving up four runs over six innings, but it was good enough for the W.
Coincidentally, the Orioles’ last two wins at Camden Yards came on Father’s Day (June 17) and Mother’s Day (May 13). They were on an 11-game home losing streak.
There hasn’t been any one singular cause for the Orioles’ woes. The club has dealt with a handful of injuries. First baseman Chris Davis is having a tremendously terrible season, so much so that a Baltimore-area bar is offering free shots whenever he gets a hit. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop hasn’t hit anywhere close to the way he hit last year. Free agent pick-up Alex Cobb has a 7.14 ERA over 12 starts. Andrew Cashner has a 4.98 ERA and is on the 10-day disabled list. Zach Britton has been absent most of the season due to an injury, only recently coming back.
No one expected the Orioles to hang with the Yankees and Red Sox this season, but I don’t think anyone was expecting them to reach 20 wins in the middle of June, either.