Manny Ramirez Is Making a Comeback

In Japan.

The 2004 Red Sox have all gone their separate ways. David Ortiz has taken up tennis. Curt Schilling shouts into the internet radio abyss for Breitbart. Kevin Youkillis brews craft beer.

Manny Ramirez, on the other hand, isn’t ready to give up on baseball just yet. The mercurial outfielder signed with the Kochi Fighting Dogs of Japan’s independent Shikoku Island League over the weekend. Ramirez’s wife posted photos of the signing on Instagram.

Ramirez, 44, boasts a lifetime .312 batting average through 19 seasons in the major leagues, along with 555 home runs and 1,831 RBIs. A native of the Dominican Republican, Ramirez last played for the Sox in 2008, before stints with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox, and Tampa Bay Rays.