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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.

MLB, MLBPA announce initial coronavirus testing results

MLB, MLBPA announce initial coronavirus testing results

MLB and the MLB Players Association announced the results of the league's initial round of coronavirus testing on Friday.

According to their joint statement, 31 players and seven staff members tested positive out of the 3,185 total individuals tested (1.2 positivity rate). Nineteen of 30 teams had positive cases.


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While the results are promising, it's important to note there still will be significant health and safety hurdles for the league to avoid a spread when the 60-game season begins later this month. A number of teams, including the Boston Red Sox, started workouts Friday at their home ballparks.

Sox manager Ron Roenicke said Friday the team has some positive COVID-19 cases. Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez did not join the rest of the team for the first day of workouts as he was "around somebody who was sick" and awaiting the results of his own coronavirus test.

Fenway Park looks different as Red Sox begin workouts amid COVID-19

Fenway Park looks different as Red Sox begin workouts amid COVID-19

Several months after the COVID-19 pandemic put a sudden halt on spring training, the Red Sox converged on Fenway Park for the first day of Summer Camp workouts Friday.

It's the first time since World War II that the Sox have prepared for a season in the Northeast. That's when the Sox held spring training in Medford, MA (1943), Baltimore, MD (1944), and Pleasantville, NJ (1945).

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With a stress on social distancing and safety, both the on-field workouts and Fenway Park itself look very different in 2020.

The Sox have made some physical changes to the layout of the park's facilities since there won't be fans in attendance anytime soon while media access is also extremely limited.

Click here to see how things look different at Fenway Park.