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When the Texas Rangers took a "flier" out on the 41 year old slugger, they became the second team this year to do so. Ramirez joined the Rangers after a stint in Taiwan with the EDA Rhinos of the Chinese Professional baseball League. Ramirez, a career .312 hitter with 555 home runs, went 64 for 182 with eight home runs and 43 RBIs overseas.
"One time I look up in the morning and I said 'I need a change,'" he said. "That's what I did. I started going to church, going to the groups and people's houses learning and doing the right things. And that's what I did."
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arrest on domestic battery charges and his second failed drug test that would have resulted in a 100 game suspension and killed any chance he had of playing a role in the Tampa Bay organization. He abruptly retired, skipping his suspension, started to get his life in order.
"Big difference," Ramirez said with a laugh on comparing the Major Leagues with Taiwan. "When I came in, I saw the club house and I said, 'Wow, it's unbelievable.' But everything in life is attitude. You can be in the worse place, but if you've got a nice attitude and that's what I did. I said to myself, 'Something good is going to come out of this and I'm going to do well and I'm going to trying.' And that's what it is."
When he does, Ramirez will be first member of the 500 home run club to play for the Express. He'll also have the most All Star appearances on his resume, two World Series rings and one of be the most high profile batter to ever play for the Express.
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However, Ramirez has found a home and said he's put his troubles behind him, and is donating this year's salary to charity. Ramirez said sometimes bad things are blessings.
past four years, that was easier said than done. Ramirez has spent time with five different organizations, faced multiple suspensions and was even arrested on domestic battery charges in 2011, which he said changed his life. His last attempt to make the big leagues came in 2012 during a short stay in the Oakland A's organization.
That something good came a day before the birthday of another country.
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But it wasn't the Major Leagues.
"It's unbelievable man," Ramirez said with his Michael Kors Ava Medium Blush
trademark dreadlocks trimmed. "First, I want to thank God for this opportunity. I never thought I was going to get another chance, but God is good and I am here."
"It's a great experience. Once you go overseas, everything changes" he said. "But I really appreciate how those people in Taiwan treated me. I cannot talk bad about those people because it was an unbelievable experience."
Ramirez called Triple A the big leagues compared to playing in Taiwan, but also praised the fans, who he said would stay in the stadium for hours after the game. He said he was inspired to play in the region because of how much love there is for the game in that part of the world.
Ramirez landed in Central Texas just in time to celebrate the Fourth of July in Round Rock Express gear. The hitter with Hall of Fame credentials, who made a $23,854, 494 salary in 2009 arrived from Miami, less than 24 hours after reportedly signing for the league minimum of around $500,000.
Ramirez didn't play Thursday with the Express and isn't expected to make his Express debut until Sunday, when the team finishes a four game series with the Omaha Storm Chasers.
"They're good because they make you grow up and decide which way you have to go," he said. "The thing that I learned when I was in the storm, I learned how to listen and go pray to God and let him guide me."
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