My oh my how the mighty have fallen.
Former World Series MVP and 12-time All-Star Manny Ramirez, is heading to Taiwan to play for the EDA Rhinos of the Chinese Professional Baseball League. Ramirez, was waiting for an offer from an MLB team to present itself before accepting the offer to go play across the world says ESPN.
With no big-league teams seeking his services, Manny Ramirez is off to Taiwan, and according to CBSSports.com, will arrive Monday and sign to play with the EDA Rhinos.
Ramirez didn’t provide financial details of his agreement, but a good foreign player usually earns about $12,000 per month in Taiwan.
To increase his chances of landing an MLB job, the 12-time All-Star played winter ball in the Dominican Republic for the first time in 18 years. He hit .298 with eight home runs, 27 RBIs and 21 runs in 181 at-bats with Aguilas Cibaenas.
Ramirez, 40, batted .312 with 555 homers and 1,831 RBIs in 19 MLB seasons before retiring from baseball in April 2011 after committing a second violation of MLB’s drug policy.
In recent years Ramirez’s reputation as one of the best hitters ever to play the game, has been sullied due to his multiple suspensions for using performance-enhancing drugs. It has gotten to the point where MLB teams recognize that his production isn’t worth all the extracurricular stuff that comes with him.
Check out this hilarious clip of Manny being Manny here: