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Manny Ramirez signs with the Kochi Fighting Dogs in Japan

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 04: Manny Ramirez #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on before the start of the game against the Atlanta Braves at Dodger Stadium on June 4, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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The Kochi Fighting Dogs of the Shikoku Island League Plus in Japan announced on Monday that the club signed former major leaguer Manny Ramirez. The SILP is independent baseball and not associated with Nippon Professional Baseball.

Ramirez, 44, hasn’t played in the majors since 2011 and hasn’t played professional baseball since 2014. In 2014, Ramirez served as a player-coach for the Cubs at Triple-A Iowa. The next year, he served as a batting consultant for the major league club and Iowa.

Ramirez is currently on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time. Of the 178 ballots counted thus far by Ryan Thibodaux, Ramirez got a vote on only 46 of them so he’ll have to wait until 2018 at the earliest for enshrinement.

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