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Manny Ramirez signs with Taiwan team

Posted By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com   |   March 12, 2013 at 3:21 PM   |   Comments

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March 12 (UPI) -- After a long and colorful career that ended disgracefully in 2011, Manny Ramirez is "starting a new beginning" to play in the Chinese professional baseball league for the EDA Rhinos in Taiwan.

Ramirez, who spent most of his Major League career with the Cleveland Indians and the Boston Red Sox, hasn't played professionally since 2011.

The slugger served a 50-game suspension for steroid use in 2009 while playing for the LA Dodgers, and was facing a 100-game suspension from the Tampa Bay Rays when he decided to retire.

The deal with EDA, in Kaohsiung, confirmed by Ramirez's agent Barry Praver, is for $25,000 per month for the season, running May through November.

The 40-year-old slugger is considered one of the greatest hitters of all time, knocking in 555 home runs, 21 grand slams and appearing in 12 consecutive All-Star games.

Ramirez could potentially leverage his season in Kaohsiung into a job in the Japanese league or a potential, though unlikely, return to the U.S. game.

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