Not bad for a 40 year old to hit .322/.365/.525, and that he’s crushing attendance records harder than those balls is even more amazing, the league is well on pace to shatter just about every single attendance record in the leagues’ history, most of it set in the leagues’ formulative years.
So yeah, all hail Manny, going to see him this Saturday.
One of South Korea’s opponents at the upcoming World Baseball Classic (WBC) was forced to apologize on Tuesday after its scouts sneaked into a Korean practice game, in an apparent attempt to gather information on its regional rival ahead of the March 2-19 tournament.
According to the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO), the South Korean governing body of pro baseball, four Taiwanese advance scouts posed as umpire trainees to gain entrance to a practice game at Dou Liou Stadium between the South Korean national team and a South Korea pro club, the NC Dinos.
Manny Ramirez has had discussions with the EDA Rhinos in the Chinese Professional Baseball League in Taiwan, reports FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi on Twitter.
Ramirez, 40, had hopes of making a return to the major leagues and has been playing in the Dominican Winter League. Ramirez last played in the MLB in April 2011; he was released by the A’s last June after hitting .302/.348/.349 with no homers in 17 games with Triple-A Sacramento. Over his 19-year career in the majors, Ramirez hit .312/.411/.585 with 555 homers.
The EDA Rhinos are one of four teams in the Chinese Professional Baseball League that plays in Taiwan and has won two Taiwan Series titles.
The Kaohsiung-based conglomerate signed a contract Monday to took over the club, one of the CPBL’s four teams, in a NT$130 million (US$4.47 million) deal after the club’s former owner, the Sinon Group, put the team up for sale because of unsustainable operating losses.
Had nobody stepped in to buy the Bulls franchise, the league would have been left with only three teams and would likely have disbanded.
The Bulls, which were based in Taichung, will now be called the E-Da Rhinos and play their home games in Kaohsiung.
Lin said he also plans to found a cross-Taiwan Strait baseball league, an idea supported by Kaohsiung Deputy Mayor Lee Yung-te.
Speaking of the game-fixing scandals that have repeatedly dealt huge blows to the CPBL and reduced attendance numbers, the team’s new general manager vowed to disband the club if it is found to have engaged in fixing games.