Epstein: Manny Ramirez a 'breath of fresh air' in Cubs system

Epstein: Manny Ramirez a 'breath of fresh air' in Cubs system
June 20, 2014, 4:30 pm
Meghan Montemurro

Manny Ramirez has yet to join the Chicago Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate, but he is still making an important impact on the organization.

President of baseball operations Theo Epstein praised the job Ramirez has done while he prepares at Cubs Park in Mesa, Ariz. Ramirez is the first one to the ballpark every day, meeting with younger players to talk to them about hitting and advising them to not make the same off-the-field mistakes he once did.

“I've gotten unsolicited texts and emails from a lot of the staff down there saying he's been a breath of fresh air, the best thing that ever happened to the kids down in Mesa,” Epstein said. “I'm really pleased with the impact he's making on the organization.”

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Ramirez, who will be a player-coach at Triple-A Iowa, will likely join the team sometime next week, Epstein said.

“We're not in a rush because he's making an impact on young kids down there who are getting their first taste of pro ball as well as guys like Jorge Soler who are there rehabbing,” Epstein said.