• Manny Ramirez homers on the first pitch he sees in the Dominican League

    Summary of 2 articles ยท Updated Nov 15, 2012
    Manny Ramirez homered on his first pitch of the Dominican winter league season. Ramirez had last played in his Dominican Republic nearly 20 years ago. So here's a nice little debut. Manny Ramirez you remember him, right? made his debut for the Las Aguilas Eagles of the Dominican League on Wednesday night, and rocketed the very first pitch he saw into the cheap seats. He hadn't played in the Dominican League since 1995. As for whether this is a first step back to the majors, he's dodged the question: "I'm not thinking about the big leagues now," the 40-year-old Ramirez said when he first joined the team. Thousands of cheering fans stood and cheered as Ramirez came to bat in the bright yellow jersey of the Eagles, a team from the northern region of Cibao. He served his second 50-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy last year, then was released from his minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics in June without making it back to the big leagues.