Des Moines, IA - OF Manny Ramirez will join the Iowa Cubs on Thursday, June 26, and be active for the team’s double-header against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox at Security Service Field that night. The Chicago Cubs signed the 42-year-old Ramirez to a minor league contract to be a player-coach with the I-Cubs on May 25. In the meantime, he has been working out at the Cubs’ facility in Mesa, Arizona to get prepared for this assignment.
Ramirez will meet with the Cubs media in a press conference on Monday, June 30 in the outfield skyboxes at Principal Park. The session will take place in the early afternoon prior to team workouts. An exact time, and any other pertinent details, will be announced in the coming days. Any media outlets with a regular season credential from the Iowa Cubs or Chicago Cubs are invited to attend. To obtain a special credential for this event, please contact Iowa Cubs Director of Media Relations, Randy Wehofer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ramirez is a 12-time All-Star, was the 2002 American League batting champion, and the 2004 World Series Most Valuable Player with the Boston Red Sox. He has a lifetime batting average of .312 (2,574-for-8,244) with 555 home runs and 1,831 RBI in 19 Major League seasons. He last appeared in the big leagues in five games with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2009. Last season, he played 30 games with the triple-A Round Rock Express in the Texas Rangers’ organization and hit .259 (28-for-108) with three home runs and 13 RBI in 30 games.
In a corresponding move, the Chicago Cubs released OF Casper Wells following Iowa’s win over Albuquerque on Tuesday afternoon. Wells batted .197 (12-for-61) with two doubles and six runs scored in 26 games since joining Iowa from extended spring training on May 19.