When the Dodgers traded for Manny Ramirez in 2008, not only were they getting a star to put in the heart of their lineup, they were also trading for one of baseball’s greatest characters.
Nine years later, Manny is still being Manny.
After spending parts of three years in a Dodger uniform, Ramirez bounced around in different organizations, playing his last major league game in 2011.
The now 44-year-old Ramirez has just signed a new contract with the Kochi Fighting Dogs, of the Shikoku Island League Plus in Japan.
That alone is news in itself, but the real news comes from the details inside of his contract.
All of the following are reportedly included in Ramirez’s new contract:
- Use of a Mercedes and a personal driver
- Practices are optional for him
- A hotel suite for road games
- Unlimited sushi throughout the season
Unlimited sushi? Yes. Unlimited sushi. Something that one could only expect from Manny Ramirez himself.
It looks as though the signing of Ramirez will be to attract fans to the stadium and sell extra jerseys more than anything. It would be hard to expect too much from the 44-year-old.
'Unlimited sushi' and optional practices?!?
— Cut4 (@Cut4) March 13, 2017
Maybe the Kochi Fighting Dogs fans can give Manny Ramirez his own version of Mannywood that he had during his time in Los Angeles.
— Adrian Garro (@adriangarro) March 13, 2017