While major leaguers are preparing in Arizona and Florida for the 2014 season, Manny Ramirez has set up his own training camp at a community park in the Miami area of Hialeah. The 41-year-old doesn't have a team, but he keeps the word "retirement" out of his mind for now. Ramirez, a veteran with 555 homers in 19 seasons, has not played in the majors since 2011, when a second suspension for violating the anti-doping program forced him to quit baseball. The outfielder/DH signed minor league agreements with the Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers during the past two seasons, but both times he requested his release after not being summoned to the majors. Despite these experiences, Ramirez believes he can still perform at the highest level. "My qualities are still there, and I just need an opportunity to continue showing that the 'Super Manny' can help a team," Ramirez said Thursday on "Grandes en los Deportes" on ESPN Radio 104.5 FM in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. "For now, I have no team interested, but I'm still working. Maybe I don't have anything this week, but who knows? Maybe next week I could get a call," Ramirez said from his training headquarters, which he shares with Miguel Tejada. Ramirez played last season in Taiwan, where he hit .352 with eight homers and 43 RBIs in 49 games with the EDA Rhinos. Those numbers won him a minor league contract with the Rangers.
Manny Ramirez still wants to play
ESPN | Mar 7