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Manny Ramirez is still trying to make it as a player

Manny Ramirez is still trying to make it as a player

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.

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Baseball players don't forget grudges. Javy Baez and Reds pitcher Amir Garrett gave an example of that on Saturday.

Garrett struck out Baez in the seventh inning of the first game of the Cubs-Reds doubleheader. Garrett showed some excitement with the strikeout and then said something to Baez. They both started jawing at each other and suddenly the benches cleared.

At first glance, it looked like Garrett was a bit too excited to get a strikeout with no one on base. Turns out Baez had his own bit of swag for Garrett last year (Friday was the one-year anniversary) in the form of a grand slam at Wrigley Field.

This time Garrett got Baez and wanted to even things up a bit.

Things didn't get too feisty despite the benches clearing, but Anthony Rizzo did rush to Baez's side at some speed. This could be a matchup to keep an eye out for in the future.

Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

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Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

Siera Santos, Kelly Crull, and David DeJesus go into the audio archives to break down the biggest games for the Cubs in Cincinnati.

David DeJesus gives us his top 3 ballgames with such gems as The Schwarber Game, The Kris Bryant Game, Starlin Castro’s debut, and Jake Arrieta’s second no hitter.

Listen to the full Cubs Talk Podcast right here: