Manny Ramirez parts ways with Taiwan baseball team
On Wednesday, Manny Ramirez was released by Taiwanese team, the EDA Rhinos, after fulfilling his contractual commitment with the team.
According to Fox Sports, Ramirez wants to make another comeback to Major League Baseball. Ramirez’s contract in Taiwan was fulfilled because he stayed with the team through the first half of their season.
“The reason he decided not to return for the second half was to free himself to be available to play in the United States,” said Barry Praver, Ramirez’s agent. “Manny was so invigorated by his play there that he wants to return to the majors.”
Ramirez hit .352 with eight home runs and 43 runs batted in for the Rhinos. According to ESPN.com, the Rhinos tried to keep Ramirez for the rest of the season. They reached out to Ramirez to raise his salary from $25,000 to $60,000 a month.
Ramirez last appeared in Major League Baseball in 2011 with the Tampa Bay Rays. Ramirez was suspended twice for violating Major League Baseball’s drug policy.
Ramirez, 41, is ranked 14th on Major League Baseball’s all-time home run list with 555 home runs. He also helped lead the Red Sox to their first World Series championships since 1918 in 2004 and 2007.