Manny Ramírez, former Boston Red Sox outfielder, has been hired as player/coach by the Cubs’ Triple-A Iowa team. Cubs’ president Theo Epstein has strong ties with Ramírez because of their time working together for the Red Sox. With the hiring of Ramírez, there has been speculation that Sammy Sosa will be rejoining team in the near future. Ramírez has been suspended twice for steroids.

Epstein said, “I don’t know where things stand with Sammy right now. But I do know that it was important to us that Manny has been very upfront about admitting his mistakes, that Manny was very cooperative with Major League baseball and that Manny is interested in making sure younger players don’t make the same mistakes that he made. Those are things that made this worth doing.”

Ramírez said in a statement, “I know I am nearing the end of my playing days, but I have a lot of knowledge to pass on to the next generation -- both what to do and what not to do.”

As for Sosa, he played for the Chicago Cubs for 13 seasons and left the team in 2004. He hit 545 homeruns with the team and led them to two playoff appearances. The reason why Sosa might never be reunited with his former team is because he has never admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs, unlike Ramírez.