Tag Archive: Manny Ramirez

[4/20/2017] Manny Ramirez’s contract with Kochi ends in July

The Kochi Fighting Dogs announced on April 20 that their contract with Manny Ramirez will expire at the end of July. Kochi decided to release the information because they received a lot of inquiries and because they want as many people to see him play in Japan as possible.

The Shikoku Island League plus season is split into two halves: April/May and August/September. There are no regular season games during June/July. Additionally, NPB teams have until the end of July to sign new players.

Kochi is currently in discussions with Ramirez about the schedule in June/July. They are also exploring the possibility of a contract extension beyond July.

Source: Kochi 4/20/2017Daily Sports 4/20/2017, Tokyo Sports 4/20/2017, Sponichi 4/20/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2017

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Manny Ramirez Watch (updated 5/29 @ 1:35am)

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[1/9/2017] Kochi Fighting Dogs reach agreement with Manny Ramirez

The Shikoku Island League’s Kochi Fighting Dogs announced today that they reached an agreement with forty-four-year-old Manny Ramirez. Officials from the team met Ramirez near Miami, Florida on January 9. The two sides are still discussing his arrival schedule and contract length.

Also, YouTuber qoonin posted an interview with Ramirez. The interview is primarily in Spanish with Japanese subtitles. You can view the footage by clicking here. Below is a summary:

  • Why he decided to come out of retire – after spending time in the Dominican Republic, he started feeling the urge to play again.
  • When he seriously started thinking about a comeback – he started swinging the bat and started taking some batting practice in 2016. He felt he was in good condition and talked it over with his wife. He started thinking about a comeback in the fall. He decided to attempt a comeback because his wife also supported him.
  • Why he agreed to play for an independent league team in Japan – he received offers from teams in other countries, but picked Japan because of his interest in Japanese culture. He also said he liked the Japanese approach to baseball.
  • Would he accept an offer from an NPB team – he said yes and that he would use the opportunity to show everyone that he can still play.

Source: Kochi announcement, Kochi Facebook announcement

[UPDATE 1/10 @ 11:34pm]

Ramirez’s contract might be good for just the first-half of the season (about three months). The end of the contract should fall right around the end of July, which also coincides with the NPB signing deadline (July 31).

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/10/2017

[UPDATE 1/1 @ 9:46pm]

Ramirez found out the team was holding tryouts through online sources like Facebook and reached out to the team through Zak Colby in November. The team did not know how serious he was at first because communications were a bit slow at first, but things started rolling in December and the two sides started talking about a contract.

Source: ZakZak 1/11/2017

[UPDATE 2/27 @ 4:39pm]

Ramirez might arrive in Japan on either March 7 or 8. A press conference is scheduled for March 9. He is expected to join Kochi for practices beginning on March 10.

Ramire’z contract might be for about two months. Kochi is planning to use him at designated hitter batting fourth. His uniform number will be 99.

Source: Daily Sports 2/27/2017

[UPDATE 2/28 @ 5:46pm]

Kochi released Ramirez’s schedule today. He is set to arrive in Japan at Narita Airport on March 7 and take a connecting flight to Kochi on the same day. A press conference will be held on March 9. He will participate in his first practices with the team on March 10.

Source: Kochi 2/28/2017

[UPDATE 3/7 @ 11:07pm]

Ramirez arrived at Narita Airport in Japan earlier today with his wife. A number of fans (over thirty) greeted him at the airport.

Source: Tokyo Sports 3/7/2017, Daily Sports 3/7/2017, Daily Sports 3/7/2017Nikkan Sports 3/7/2017, Sponichi 3/7/2017

[UPDATE 3/9 @ 12:27pm]

There were six TV cameras, about fifty members of the media, and around fifty fans at the airport. Ramirez was able to sign thirty or so autographs before he had to leave. He arrived with eleven suitcases.

Source: ZakZak 3/9/2017

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[12/2/2016] Manny Ramirez talking to Island League’s Kochi

According to a report by Nikkan Sports, Manny Ramirez is interested in playing baseball in Japan. The Shikoku Island League’s Kochi Fighting Dogs are currently talking to Ramirez’s agent about a possible contract.

It all started on November 11 when his agent and a Kochi player (infielder from overseas) approached the Fighting Dogs and asked if they might be interested in Ramirez. Kochi is open to the idea of signing the forty-four-year-old as a player, not a coach.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/2/2016, Nikkan Sports 12/2/2016

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NPB Standings [Full]
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Hiroshima 71 44 26 1
Hanshin 68 37 31 0
Yokohama 71 34 35 2
Chunichi 72 32 37 3
Yomiuri 70 31 39 0
Yakult 70 27 42 1
G W L T
Rakuten 65 43 21 1
Softbank 72 46 26 0
Seibu 67 36 29 2
Orix 69 31 37 1
Nippon Ham 69 28 41 0
Lotte 70 22 47 1
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