The Manny Ramirez experiment moves to Colorado Springs, where Triple-A Iowa’s new player/coach will try to repair his image and mentor some of the can’t-miss prospects the Cubs are betting on now. After getting in shape at the team’s Arizona complex, Ramirez will be activated for Thursday’s doubleheader, joining Javier Baez and Kris Bryant, two powerful right-handed hitters the Cubs believe could anchor their lineup for years to come at Wrigley Field. No one disputes Ramirez is a kind of hitting savant, putting up 555 homers and a .996 career OPS while quietly studying pitchers, breaking down video and working out at Fenway Park the mornings before night games. That production helped the Boston Red Sox win two World Series titles and turned Dodger Stadium into “Mannywood.” It’s the personality quirks and the off-the-field issues. Even those numbers come with an asterisk after Ramirez got suspended 50 games for violating baseball’s drug policy in 2009, and “retired” two years later after failing another test.
Cubs beginning Manny Ramirez experiment with Triple-A Iowa
CSN Chicago | Jun 26