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Manny Ramirez is back in the U.S. playing baseball and last night when he hit his first homerun he revealed another first, his new haircut.
The former All-Star is playing for the Round Rock Express, a Triple AAA affiliate of the Texas Rangers, took his helmet off after a homerun and revealed that his signature dreadlocks were gone in favor of a bald head.
Ramirez has three hits and three R.B.I.'s in his three games thus far. Fellow All-Stars, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez are also in the minors working their way back to the majors on injury rehab assignments.
The 41-year-old was playing overseas in Taiwan for a few months before the Rangers reached out to him with a deal.
"It's a no-risk flyer in a lot of ways. Our history, we like giving guys second chances. We know on and off the field the good and bad of Manny's career, but we're inclined to give him an opportunity here," Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels said according to FOX News.
"If he's productive and we feel he'd fit our culture here, we'll give him an opportunity. If either of those ends don't pan out, no harm, no foul," Daniels said.
Ramirez left his team in Taiwan for the second half because he wanted to free himself up for play in the United States.
"When it comes to playing for the Rangers, two things are important to us. You have to be talented and productive. And just as important, you have to fit our winning culture. Those are going to be the two tests we'll judge Manny by," Daniels said.
Last year Ramirez signed a minor league deal with the Oakland Athletics, but bowed out after being suspended for drug tests.
Ramirez is Dominican-American who made his start in the MLB in 1993 playing with the Cleveland Indians. He played with the Indians until 2000 when he signed an 8-year contract with the Boston Red Sox. He went on to play for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Chicago White Sox, and the Tampa Bay Rays until he retired from the MLB in 2011 following a three-time failed drug test.