According to reports from this morning, forty-three-year-old Alex Ramirez is applying for Japanese citizenship. He first started thinking about becoming a Japanese citizen two years ago and started the process about a year-and-a-half ago. If everything goes smoothly, he could become a Japanese citizen before the end of the year.
Ramirez told the media one of his dreams was to become manager of the national team as a Japanese citizen (citizenship is not a requirement). He is also quoted as saying, “I love Japan and my wife and son are Japanese. I got this far with the support of a lot of people. It would be great if I can give back to Japanese baseball.”
[UPDATE 1/24/2019 @ 2:36pm]
The media learned on January 23 that Ramirez is now a Japanese citizen.