Manny Ramirez is trying to pull a Julio Franco and play until he's into his 50s.
Franco played in the MLB through age 48 in 2007 before joining the Mexican League in 2008 and then returning to the Independent League in 2014 at age 55.
Now Ramirez is looking to follow suit.
In the latest edition of "Manny Being Manny," the former Cubs coach has signed a contract with the Kochi Fighting Dogs in Japan's Independent Shikoku Island League.
Ramirez will be 45 in May and last played in the big leagues in 2011 at age 39 when he tallied 17 at-bats with the Tampa Bay Rays. He also appeared in 24 games with the White Sox at the end of 2010.
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Cubs president Theo Epstein signed Ramirez to a deal as a player-coach in 2014, allowing the decorated MLB player to appear in 24 games with Triple-A Iowa while also mentoring young hitters like Javy Baez and Kris Bryant.
Ramirez also played in the Dominican Winter League in late 2014, posting a .920 OPS in 41 games.
Ramirez served as a hitting consultant with the Cubs organization for the 2015-16 campaigns.
He played more than 2,300 games in the big leagues, tallying 555 homers, 1,831 RBI and a .996 OPS.