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Manny Ramirez making a comeback in Japan

Manny Ramirez (right) and Pedro Martinez (left) appeared at Fenway Park on Oct. 2 during a ceremony honoring the retiring David Ortiz.Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/File

TOKYO — Former major league outfielder Manny Ramirez has agreed to terms with the Kochi Fighting Dogs of Japan’s independent Shikoku Island League.

The team announced the signing on Monday on its official website.

The 44-year-old native of the Dominican Republic played for the EDA Rhinos of Chinese Professional Baseball in Taiwan in 2013, .hitting .352 with eight home runs and 43 RBIs.

TMZ Sports reported last month after an interview with Ramirez’s wife that the player was considering a comeback. Ramirez spent 2015 and 2016 working with the Cubs as a hitting consultant.

The four-team independent league is based in Shikoku, the smallest and least populous of Japan’s four main islands.


Ramirez finished his 19-season MLB career with a lifetime .312 batting average, 555 home runs and 1831 RBIs.