Brendan Maloy
Sunday May 25th, 2014

Manny Ramirez has hit .312/.411/.585 since joining the majors in 1993. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) Manny Ramirez hit .312/.411/.585 during his MLB career. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Manny Ramirez agreed to become a player-coach for the Chicago Cubs' Triple-A affiliate, according to Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune.

The team wants Ramirez to serve as a mentor for developing prospects and has no designs on bringing him to the major league club, Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said in a statement Sunday.

“While Manny is not and will not be a fit on the Cubs major league roster, we do think at this stage of his life he’s a nice fit as a mentor for some of the young talented hitters we have in the organization...

Manny will coach full-time and play part-time in a limited role that does not take at-bats away from our prospects. "

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Before joining Chicago's top minor league team, Ramirez will play in games with the Cubs' extended spring training squad in Mesa, Ariz. The 41-year old said he looks forward to returning to baseball in a teaching role.

“I’m at the stage of my life and career where I really want to give something back to the game that I love - the game that has meant so much to me and done so much for me and my family,” Ramirez said. “I know I am nearing the end of my playing days, but I have a lot of knowledge to pass on to the next generation – both what to do and what not to do."

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