LEEINKS
Search
gdfgdfg
WEEI.com Blog Network

Manny Ramirez still looking for team to call him back to majors

03.07.14 at 9:59 am ET
By

Manny Ramirez is not ready to retire.

While major league and minor league players go through spring training drills and games in Arizona and Florida, Ramirez is spending his spring in a community park in the area of Hialeah in Miami training.

The 41-year-old former Red Sox slugger, who had minor league deals with the Athletics and the Rangers during the past two years, does not have a team, and has not played a major league game since he was served a second suspension for violating the league’€™s anti-doping policy in 2011. Ramirez requested a release from his contracts with Oakland and Texas when the teams did not call him up to the majors.

Despite this, Ramirez, who had 555 home runs in 19 seasons, still believes he has something major league teams can use.

“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.

“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.”

The veteran outfielder shares his training headquarters with Miguel Tejada.

Ramirez hit .352 with eight home runs and 43 RBIs in 49 games for the EDA Rhinos in Taiwan last season — a performance that led to his contract with the Rangers. When he joined Texas’€™ Triple-A affiliate, the Round Rock Express, he hit just .259 with three home runs and 13 RBIs in 30 games before he asked to be released from his contract in August.

“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 is not trying to make a comeback to earn more money and also denied that teams are attempting to keep him out of the majors.

“I can’€™t say that there’€™s anything against me because the Lord is the only one who reads the hearts of people,” Ramirez said. “But one thing I can say: For an MLB team, it would be a blessing to have players like me and Miguel Tejada, only by our experience. But you never now what they are thinking.”

Read More: Manny Ramirez,