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Ex-Red Sox star Manny Ramirez plots baseball comeback in Taiwan at 47(!)

Ex-Red Sox star Manny Ramirez plots baseball comeback in Taiwan at 47(!)

Apparently 47 is the new 30.

Former Boston Red Sox star Manny Ramirez, who played his last major league game nine years ago, wants to join Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League in 2020. As a player. Seriously.

"My goal for 2020, is to find a roster spot in the CPBL," Ramirez told The Taiwan Times. "I have been itching to get back in the batter’s box and be able to compete again. I also miss being around teammates and team dinners post-game."

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Ramirez clearly can't quit baseball: After fizzling out with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011, the prolific slugger played for the EDA Rhinos of the CPBL (2013), was a player-coach for the Chicago Cubs' Triple-A affiliate (2014) and joined the Kochi Fighting Dogs of Japan's Shikoku Island League Plus in 2017.

He's been out of baseball since then, but apparently three years is too long for Manny, who turns 48 in May and is eyeing a player-coach role.

"I know if I was given the opportunity to come in an organization as a player-coach, it would do great things for the organization and the league," Ramirez told the Taiwan Times.

Ramirez helped the Red Sox win two World Series titles during his eight-year tenure in Boston. He's a 12-time All-Star and nine-time Silver Slugger Award winner who's considered one of the best pure hitters of all time.

So, while Manny might be slightly past his prime with age 50 on the horizon, we'll eagerly await footage of him going yard in some obscure CPBL stadium.

Red Sox vs. Rays Highlights: Alex Verdugo, Michael Chavis help Sox end losing skid

Red Sox vs. Rays Highlights: Alex Verdugo, Michael Chavis help Sox end losing skid

FINAL SCORE: Boston Red Sox 5, Tampa Bay Rays 0

IN BRIEF: The Red Sox got a much-needed impressive outing from left-hander Martin Perez, who didn't allow a run in his five innings of work. Alex Verdugo notched a two-run shot for his first Red Sox homer, and Michael Chavis had a three-hit night that included a three-run bomb in the sixth inning.

Boston's victory ends its four-game losing streak.

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BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 4-8

HIGHLIGHTS

Verdugo's first Red Sox homer

Chavis extends lead with three-run shot

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WATCH: Alex Verdugo notches first home run with Red Sox

WATCH: Alex Verdugo notches first home run with Red Sox

Alex Verdugo tallied his first home run with the Boston Red Sox during Wednesday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Verdugo's homer was a two-run shot in the fourth inning off of Rays starter Ryan Yarbrough that gave Boston the lead.

Watch below:


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Verdugo was, of course, acquired in the blockbuster trade that sent Mookie Betts and David Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 24-year-old hit .294 with 12 homers in 106 games with L.A. last year.

With home run No. 1 out of the way, Red Sox fans will hope to see many more where that came from during Verdugo's tenure in Boston.