Manny Ramirez not ready to retire from baseball
Manny Ramirez will be 42 in May, but he still thinks there's a chance for him to get back to the major leagues.
Ramirez has set up his own training camp at a community park just outside Miami with the hope that a team gives him a call, according to ESPN Deportes.
"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.
The 12-time All Star last played in the major leagues for Tampa Bay in 2011, but his stint with the Rays was cut short after only five games due to a second suspension for violating the league's anti-doping program. Instead of taking a 100-game suspension, Ramirez told MLB he was retiring.
He resurfaced with the A's and Rangers in spring camp the last two seasons on minor-league deals but never returned to the big leagues.
Ramirez played for the EDA Rhinos in Taiwan last season, hitting .352 with eight homers and 43 RBIs in 49 games.
"Three weeks ago, I received a call from Taiwan to check if I wanted to return there, but I feel I can still help in MLB, in a role similar to Jason Giambi in Cleveland, for example," Ramirez said. "If it is God's will, I could play in MLB this season. I just need a team to open the doors. I can help in the field and in the clubhouse for the younger guys."
Ramirez said he doesn't think he is being blackballed by teams.
"I can't say that there's anything against me because the Lord is the only one who reads the hearts of the people," Ramirez said. "But one thing I can say: For a MLB team, it would be a blessing to have players like me and Miguel Tejada, only by our experience. But you never know what they are thinking."SI WIRE: David Ortiz says Derek Jeter will be 'one guy baseball is going to miss'