Ramirez to be “Player-Coach” for Triple A club

Although he has not played any ball since 2011, the Chicago Cubs have named 12-time All star and former slugger Manny Ramirez in to coach their triple A squad.  Cubs President Theo Epstein said that the move was not a publicity stunt.

He’s extremely accountable,” Epstein told reporters. “Right now, he’s extremely honest, and he has a lot to offer in part because of what he went through. You never know in this world. But I think there’s a potential high impact here.

“If he can influence one player, make them a little bit calmer in the box, give them a little better approach to hitting, teach them something about how to approach the right-handed breaking ball the right way, if he can convince one player not to do PEDs [performance-enhancing drugs], if he can influence one player the right way and in a positive way, then it was worthwhile.”

The Cubs hope the move will help their young prospects.