ARLINGTON, Texas -- Who said Taiwan is where major-league baseball careers go to die? Manny Ramirez put up big numbers for the EDA Rhinos, so the Texas Rangers have decided to give him a chance stateside.
One of the greatest hitters in the history of baseball will report for duty Thursday at the Rangers' Triple-A affiliate in Round Rock, Texas. Rangers GM Jon Daniels said the Rangers were simply taking a "flyer" on the 41-year-old slugger. His baseball career has been a series of starts and stops since his crash-landing with the Red Sox. This is a no-risk moveunless Ramirez actually makes it to the big-league ballclub.
The Rangers didn't send a scout to see Ramirez in the Chinese Professional Baseball League, but they took a look at him on YouTube. No, I'm serious. That's what Daniels told us on local radio Wednesday. Scouts in foreign locales may be rooting against Manny.
Daniels also pointed out that players such as Josh Hamilton and Milton Bradley had their best seasons while ...