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Don’t give up—Manny Ramirez is still playing professional baseball

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Is this total fan service for our long time readers? Maybe

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Some of you have been here since the olden days, like me, and immediately know what I’m really referring to here. For the rest of you, please go read THIS post, and then come back. I promise, its worth your time.

With that background, the following tweet from blogboss emeritus and noted fan of weird baseball things, Myjah, should be no surprise

Hell yeah the dream is still alive! But how the heck would that work on the 2020 Twins?

Well, first of all, you apparently get two Manny Ramirezes (Ramiri?) for the price of one these days. His son, Manny Ramirez Jr, last played pro ball in the Atlantic League in 2018, but is now a part of his father’s representation, which is more-or-less the opposite of the usual way these things work.

More practically, Jorge Polanco probably has the shortstop position nailed down, and Manny might be getting a bit up there (dude’s almost fifty) to be playing shortstop every day. But you know what, the Twins are pretty good at embracing guys who can play literally everywhere (La Tortuga forever!)

So we might have to update Manny’s role, and why not? The guy’s played plenty in the outfield, but this shortstop thing has to come to pass before time runs out. Simple solution here. Josh Donaldson is out for awhile anyway. That makes Marwin Gonzalez the everyday third baseman. Let Manny take over the role Marwin usually plays. Get him some reps in the outfield, get him some time up the middle. Play him at first base, hell, let him pitch if he wants to.

Donaldson is hurt. Buxton is hurt. Might as well embrace this, and find a player that fill in everywhere, and who better than a seasoned veteran? The time is now, keep the dream alive. The man just wants to play professional baseball, we have expanded rosters, if not now, when?