Manny Ramirez to play winter ball for Las Aguilas

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Slugger Manny Ramirez announced Tuesday that he will debut next week with Las Aguilas Cibaenas after he feels physically ready to play with that team.

“Today I will begin practicing with Las Aguilas, I will continue training to get ready to play, and we’ll be there,” Ramirez said during a press conference at Estadio Cibao in Santiago, which brought together a large group of journalists.

“First I want to see live pitching, God willing I’ll be ready to play next week,” added the 40-year old player.

A renewed Manny was officially presented as part of Las Aguilas organization with his wife Juliana, displaying his traditional braids and with the number 99 on his jacket.

He said he has kept working hard to come to the country to show what he can do.

“I feel pretty good physically and I’ve come to play hard and help this team win a championship,” said Manny who last June was released by the Oakland Athletics, in response to a demand from the player himself.

“I thank God for the privilege of playing in my hometown,” he proclaimed, the last time he played winter ball with Las Aguilas was 1994-1995.

Ramirez, accumulated 312 average with 555 homers and 1,831 RBIs in 19 seasons in the majors.

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