Manny Ramirez is coming to America. The former Indians and Red Sox slugger has ended his contract in the Taiwan professional baseball league one week before its expiration date, and says he still wants to play...in the major leagues.
"I don't have other offers, but I'm not retiring. I love this game too much as to give it up when I can still play," Ramirez told ESPNdeportes.com via phone from Taiwan. "Dominicans adore playing baseball. Why would I stop playing if I have the conditions to do so?"
Ramirez, 41, batted .352 with eight homers and 43 RBIs in 49 games with the EDA Rhinos. His contract with the Rhinos covered the first half of the season, which will end Tuesday. He asked the group to cancel the deal in advance of the ending date.
"My contract ends on June 25, but I decided to finish it a week early to spend time with my family in Taiwan and then wait for an offer from Japan or the United States," Ramirez said. "Thank the Lord, doors will stay open. The general manager offered me to play or be batting coach. I'm leaving on good terms. I have a plane ticket to return to the U.S. on Monday."
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