Manny Ramirez will begin his stint as a player/coach for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs Thursday night in Colorado Springs.
The Chicago Cubs announced on May 25th they had signed the 42-year-old Ramirez to be an assistant coach and part-time player for Iowa. Cubs President Theo Epstein says Ramirez will not be added to Chicago's major league roster this season.
Ramirez last played in the majors three years ago in a brief stint in Tampa Bay and has spent most of the past month in extended spring training in Arizona. He was a .312 hitter with 555 home runs in 2,302 games covering 19 major league seasons. Seven of those were in Boston, where Epstein was the general manager of two Red Sox clubs that won World Series titles with Ramirez.
He is expected to serve as a mentor to some of Chicago's top prospects, including infielders Javier Baez and Kris Bryant.