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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP/CBS) — Former World Series MVP Manny Ramirez, who retired in April after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, hopes to play for a winter league team in his Caribbean homeland.
Winston Llenas, president of the Cibao Eagles, a winter league team in the northern Dominican Republic for whom Ramirez played in 1993-94, told The AP during a phone interview that Ramirez is expected to start training with his former team next week.
Llenas said the 39-year-old Ramirez told team officials he wants to “play before the Dominican fans and to perhaps motivate other Major League stars to also play in the country.”
Ramirez spent 7 1/2 seasons with the Red Sox, winning two World Series championships during his time in Boston. He finished his career with a .312 batting average and 555 home runs over 18-plus seasons.
He was named the MVP of the 2004 World Series while with Boston.
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