The Shikoku Island League plus, Kochi Fighting Dogs of the BCL (Baseball Challenge League) have announced just a while ago that Manny Ramirez’ contract will end this July for him to have an opportunity to play in the Nippon Professional Baseball league once his contract is over, as NPB teams will have at least until July to sign new foreign born players to be included in their roster.
The Shikoku Island League plus regular season is separated in to two… from April to May, and will resume again in August to September. As there will be no regular season games from June to July.
According to Nikkan Sports, the Kochi Fighting Dogs organization said that they decided to release the information because they received plenty of inquiries regarding about his status, and also because they would like as many fans in Japan to see him play as long as he’s still in the country.
Even with all that, the Kochi Fighting Dogs are open in negotiating a sushi extension with Manny Ramirez, hoping that he’ll still return with the team.
Manny Ramirez is currently hitting 8 for 21 with 2 doubles and 4 RBIs with the team through 7 games and has still yet to hit a homerun, he primarily plays DH. He will return to the active roster tomorrow after he was sidelined for a week due to a pulled muscle in his left leg against the Tokushima Indigo Socks.
Manny Ramirez will most likely end his Baseball career in Japan, stating that it’s his lifelong dream to play in there since he was still a kid. No word about an MLB comeback.