Manny Ramirez To Play In Winter League
Winston Llenas president of the Cibao Eagles, a winter league team in the northern Dominican Republic has said that former World Series MVP Manny Ramirez intends to start training with the Eagles next week. The DWL season begins October 22.
The 39-year-old slugger, who retired after appearing in just five games with the Tampa Bay Rays after being informed he had failed an MLB-administered drug test, was arrested last week and charged with domestic battery in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The allegations of violating baseball’s policy against performance-enhancing substances will have no impact on his playing in the Dominican Republic.
Llenas says Ramirez wants to “play before the Dominican fans and to perhaps motivate other major league stars to also play in the country.”
Last season the Cibao Eagles finished in fifth place and failed to make the postseason tournament. The team’s roster featured several major leaguers, including Toronto Blue Jays infielder Edwin Encarnacion, New York Mets infielder Daniel Murphy and St. Louis Cardinals infielder Tyler Greene.