Manny Ramirez Jr. attempts to continue family legacy

Manny Ramirez Jr. attempts to continue family legacy
April 18, 2013, 1:30 pm
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Manny Ramirez Jr. told Yahoo! Sports that his father is a changed man, due in large part to finding religion. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Just when the baseball world thought it was done with Manny Ramirez, his son is not ready to let everyone forget about the Ramirez family.

The 6-foot-3 17-year-old Manny Ramirez Jr. is working out at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, playing first base and outfield, and is expected to be drafted in this June's MLB Amatuer draft, according to Yahoo Sports.

Manny Jr. isn't concerned about his father's reputation influencing team's perception of him.

"I think people might assume unrealistic things for now, but it doesn't bother me," Ramirez Jr. told Yahoo.
 
With Manny Sr. playing in Taiwan, the two talk regularly on the phone. Manny Jr. says his father is a different man from his big league 'Manny Being Manny.'

"I think with everything that has happened he has matured," Manny Jr. said.

Manny Sr. has found a new passion, other than baseball, according to his son.

"He's gotten really serious about it [religion]. It started after he got the 50-game [suspension] in Los Angeles. People change as time goes on. He has put his faith into God. I think he was like that before, but he lost his way traveling in baseball," Manny Jr. said.

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