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February 19, 2007
Teammate says Ramirez will report late
Manny Ramirez won't report to spring training until March 1, according to friend and teammate Julian Tavarez, who spoke today to Journal reporter Steve Krasner. The mandatory reporting date is Feb. 27.
Tavarez, who has been a friend since Ramirez was a teenager, said that the slugging left-fielder's mother had had a health scare.
There has been much speculation about what Ramirez's attitude will be when he does arrive in camp. Ramirez missed most of the final month of last season, then reportedly asked yet again to be traded in the offseason. The club tried to accommodate him, but but never received a suitable offer.
Tavarez says that, whenever Ramirez reports, he will still be an offensive machine once the season gets started. Ramirez needs 30 home runs this year to reach 500 for his career.
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