After three months as the single most popular person in Taiwan, Manny Ramirez will leave the EDA Rhinos by week's end. Weep not, Manny fans, because he's probably headed for the greener, more lucrative pastures of Japan.
We're still struck by how fully fans embraced Ramirez, even if they initially couldn't tell him from another dreadlocked Dominican ballplayer. But it couldn't last. The Rhinos had only signed him to a three-month contract (expiring June 30), one that allowed him to break it in order to sign with at team outside Taiwan.