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Manny Ramirez raised eyebrows when it was announced in January that he had signed with the Kochi Fighting Dogs of Japan’s independent Shikoku Island League.
Ramirez, after all, had not played professional baseball since 2013, and at 44 seemed well past the age of a professional ballplayer.
But according to a new report in the Boston Globe on Tuesday, some of the perks in Manny’s contract with the Kochi Fighting Dogs may help explain his decision to return to baseball.
Here are some of the provisions:
“1) Ramirez will have use of a Mercedes and driver; 2) Practices are optional for him; 3) He’ll get a hotel suite on the road; and 4) He will receive unlimited sushi for the entire season.”
According to the Globe, Ramirez can also make the leap to the Japanese major leagues if he so pleases (and, of course, if a team is interested).
But in the meantime,Many will presumably continue to be Manny – just with a few more sushi rolls.