So this guy is going to be given the responsibility of coaching young and impressionable baseball players. What could go wrong?
According to ESPN, former Boston Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez is back in baseball as a player-coach for the Triple-A team of the Chicago Cubs. But don`t get your hopes up, because at no point will Ramirez make it to the Cubs major-league roster according to president Theo Epstein.
“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,” Epstein said. “Manny will coach full-time and play part-time in a limited role that does not take at-bats away from our prospects.
“If he shows there is still some magic in his bat, perhaps he will find his way to the major leagues and help another team, but that is not why he is here. We are thrilled that he wants to work with our young hitters and make a difference.”
Ramirez will join the Iowa Cubs after a stint in extended spring training and says that he`s looking forward to giving back to the game.
“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 in the release. “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.”
That last sentence Ramirez made is significant because he has a lot of experience in the “what not to do” part of the game.