48-Year-Old Manny Ramirez Plans to Play Pro Baseball This Year

Jason Schandl
Boston Red Sox great Manny Ramirez plans to play pro baseball in Australia's ABL in 2020.
Boston Red Sox great Manny Ramirez plans to play pro baseball in Australia's ABL in 2020. / AFP/Getty Images

It's been about nine years since Manny Ramirez first hung up the spikes while facing a suspension in the 2011 season.

He made a few comeback attempts at the MLB level, but those never came to fruition, and his stint playing ball in Japan was cut short by injury.

Now, at 48 years old, Ramirez plans to return to playing professional baseball, this time in the Australian Baseball League for the Auckland Tuatara.

Ramirez didn't look very good in his three Triple-A stints since his retirement, but he did post a .510 slugging percentage over 171 plate appearances in the Dominican Winter League in the 2014-15 season.

The competition in Australia's ABL isn't going to be as high as he faced in Triple-A either, and it could be a lot of fun to watch Manny launch a few home runs while he's pushing 50 years old.

Of course, this is all assuming that the ABL season goes ahead as planned despite the coronavirus pandemic, which is not a guarantee.

Still, baseball fans in Australia and the United States would surely love to get another chance to see Manny being Manny.

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