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Manny Ramirez Works “Unlimited Sushi” and “Optional Practice” Into New Japanese Baseball Contract
Manny Ramirez is playing baseball again at the age of 44, and he’s got the most Manny Ramireziest contract of all time.
In December, two years after serving as a player-coach for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs, Manny signed with a Japanese team called the Kochi Fighting Dogs of the independent Shikoku Island League. While we do not know what kind of salary the mercurial former Major Leaguer will get, we do know some of the unusual perks Ramirez worked into his contract.
For example, we know he’ll wear no. 99, and that the back of his jersey will simply say “Manny.” We also know he’ll get a hotel suite on road trips, that he’ll have use of a Mercedes with a driver, and that he’ll be treated to “unlimited sushi” for the entire season.
But the best, Manny Being Manniest perk of them all? Optional practices.
So basically, Manny’s new job is a paid year-long Japanese vacation. Which is pretty sweet, really.
Manny Ramirez finished his MLB career with 555 home runs, a .312 batting average, and a pair of 50-game suspensions toward the end for violating MLB’s PED policies.
This stint in Japan won’t be his first foray into Asian baseball. In 2013 he briefly joined Taiwan’s EDA Rhinos, probably because they promised all-you-can-eat dim sum.
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