In January, the Island Fighting Dogs of the independent Shikoku Island League in Japan announced that they'd reached an agreement with former Boston Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez, who hasn't played professional baseball since 2014, when he served as a player-coach for the Chicago Cubs' Triple-A affiliate, the Iowa Cubs.
After a recent press conference announcing the 44-year-old's arrival, details about his agreement with the Fighting Dogs prove that Manny is still being Manny.
In addition to wearing "Manny" on his jersey rather than his surname, Ramirez will reportedly get all the free sushi he likes, a hotel suite valued at about 80,000 yen a night, the use of a Mercedes-Benz and a driver, and two guaranteed plate appearances per game (as a designated hitter).
Practices will also be optional for Ramirez, who is open to play in Nippon Professional Baseball, the highest-level league in Japan.
Manny was instrumental to Red Sox championships in 2004, when he was the World Series MVP, and 2007. Save for a five-game stint with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011, Ramirez last played in the majors in 2010, when he slashed .298/.409/.460 in 320 plate appearances for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox.
The morning after the press conference, Manny apparently arrived on time to practice at 9:30 a.m.