Manny Ramirez Added to Iowa Cubs Roster, Set to Join the Team Thursday in Colorado Springs

The Iowa Cubs announced Wednesday morning that Manny Ramirez has been added to the Iowa Cubs roster and will be activated in prior to Thursday’s doubleheader in Colorado Springs. OF Casper Wells was released to make room on Iowa’s roster for player-coach Manny Ramirez.

Iowa plays five games in Colorado (doubleheader Thursday, single games Friday, Saturday and Sunday) before opening a five-game homestand Monday against Omaha at Principal Park.

From the release from the Iowa Cubs: Manny Ramirez will meet with the Cubs media in a press conference on Monday, June 30 in the outfield skyboxes at Principal Park. The session will take place early in the afternoon prior to team workouts.

Manny Ramirez signed a minor league contract with the Cubs to be a player-coach for the I-Cubs on May 25. Ramirez was expected to be added to Iowa’s roster at the beginning of June to begin his career with the Cubs organization. Ramirez has been at the Cubs facility in Mesa preparing to play and working with the young players, such as Jorge Soler, while he was there.

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer addressed when Ramirez would be reporting to Iowa last Friday. And indications were he would be reporting to the Iowa Cubs this week.

From the June 21 report:

According to multiple reports Friday from Wrigley, Manny Ramirez will be joining the I-Cubs at some point in the coming week. Jed Hoyer did not have a timeframe on when Ramirez would report Thursday or Friday morning.

Theo Epstein told the beat writers that he has received “unsolicited texts and emails from a lot of the staff in Mesa” that have said Manny Ramirez “has been a breath of fresh air, the best thing that ever happened to the kids down in Mesa.” Epstein said he is “really pleased with the impact he’s making with the organization.”

Epstein added, “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.”

Jed Hoyer was asked during his weekly segment on the Kap & Haugh Show (87.7 The Game) about how Jorge Soler and when will he be ready to play again. And the question on Soler led to an update on Manny Ramirez.

“He [Jorge Soler] is still in Arizona he has been working hard with Manny Ramirez there,” Hoyer said. “He’s getting there. It is a slow process and we’re really trying to kind of solve the problem. He’s had a hamstring pull in each leg and we’re really trying to get to the root of the issue. We’ve taken it slowly with him but hopefully we are not that far away from him coming back and playing and hopefully having a really good second half.”

As for when Manny Ramirez will report to Iowa, Hoyer told the Kap & Haugh Show, “We don’t know exactly yet. I think he’s a proud guy. He wants to make sure he is ready to perform at that level when he gets there. He also has a good report with Soler and that’s something we’ve talked about. That’s a good guy for Jorge to be around so if it takes a little longer for Manny to get to Iowa that might be worth it.”

Jed Hoyer also explained why he and Theo Epstein added Manny Ramirez to the organization last month during an interview on Inside Pitch (MLB Network Radio/SiriusXM). “Theo and I made that decision knowing Manny very well with our eyes wide-open. For all of the things people say about Manny, he is an unbelievably hard worker, probably the hardest worker I’ve been around from a hitting standpoint,” Hoyer told Jim Bowden and Casey Stern. “And not only a gifted hitter but a brilliant hitter and a guy that really likes to teach. Reports so far have been great. He’s been working with Jorge Soler a lot in Arizona while Jorge rehabs from a hamstring injury. I think fairly soon here he will end up in Iowa with that team. He has a lot to give back and he wants to give back to the young guys. There are not many guys that can talk hitting and talk preparation like Manny can. It seems like he has changed his life and hopefully we are the beneficiary of that change.”

Kris Bryant and Javier Baez are on record saying they are looking forward to working with Manny Ramirez and learning from him. Starting Thursday, they will get their chance.

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  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Can’t wait for him to get there! I love that he’s been in Arizona working with the young hitters but I think him in Iowa working as more of a “finishing school,” for closer to MLB prospects makes even more sense. I have a good feeling about how this is going to impact the Cubs in a positive way.

    • Denver Mike

      Agreed, I may be making my way down to Colo. Springs this weekend for one of the games. Want to check out the pitching matchups first.

    • Denver Mike

      With Hendricks, Pimentel, and Rusin pitching the DH Thursday and Friday night, I would assume Jokisch and Wada would take the hill on Sat/Sun.

    • Swish23

      You think everything theo does is good. You recall, Manny was all roided up on female estrogen in 2008 when he cheated his way past the Cubs in the playoffs. This is by far one of the dumbest moves by any FO ever. Manny being manny; ain’t what Baez needs or any other kid.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        I do like the vast majority of things Theo has done. And the others I give him the benefit of he doubt in because of his track record. Being one of the most accomplished GM’s in MLB history and accomplishing what nobody else could. And sustaining it.

        I am giving Manny the benefit of te doubt until proven otherwise. People can change. But he’s always been a student of hitting an helped teammates identify holes in their swings or years. I don’t expect any bad behavior. I may be wrong. The FO is already on record that there is zero tolerance and he’ll be under a microscope. So I don’t see what harm will come from this. With a short leash I see it as low risk, high reward

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