Mannywood might be retired forever, but
The talented and enigmatic slugger has reached an agreement to play for Japan's Kochi Fighting Dogs, the team announced.
Ramirez, on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time this year, is expected to fall far short of election. As he would not be playing in the major leagues, his eligibility would not be postponed by the rule that prevents players from Hall of Fame consideration for five years after their major league career ends.
In 2009, he served the first of two suspensions for violating baseball’s drug policy. He has not played in the major leagues since 2011, although he did play 49 games in a Taiwanese league in 2013. He also has played in the minor leagues for the
The Fighting Dogs play in an independent league on the island of Shikoku, the least-populated and smallest of Japan's four main islands.