Manny Ramirez says he's not yet retired, hoping to return to MLB

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Manny still wants to play, but will anyone let him?
Manny still wants to play, but will anyone let him? (USATSI)

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It has been nearly three full years since Manny Ramirez last played in the big leagues, but he has not yet given up hope on a return to MLB. According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, Manny is currently working out near Miami and insists he is not yet retired.

"My qualities are still there and I just need an opportunity to continue showing that the 'Super Manny' can help a team," Ramirez said Thursday on "Grandes en los Deportes" on ESPN Radio 104.5 FM in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

"For now, I have no team interested, but I'm still working. Maybe I don't have anything this week, but who knows? Maybe next week I could get a call," Ramirez said from his training headquarters, which he shares with Miguel Tejada.

Ramirez, who turns 42 in May, played 30 games in Triple-A last summer after signing a minor league contract with the Rangers. He hit .259/.328/.370 with three doubles and three home runs and was released when the team determined he could not help them at the MLB level.

Manny briefly played in Triple-A with the Athletics in 2012 before signing with the EDA Rhinos in Taiwan. He hit .352/.422/.555 with eight home runs and more walks (23) than strikeouts (21) in 206 plate appearances with the Rhinos before hooking on with Texas.

It's very hard to see another club giving Manny a chance at this point, not given his declining skills and two performance-enhancing drug related suspensions. The Manny Being Manny act was tolerable when he was one of the two or three best right-hander hitters on the planet. But now? Forget it.

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