Draft hopeful Manny Ramirez Jr. just trying to be himself

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BRADENTON, Fla. — Manny Ramirez Jr., 17, is a graduating high school baseball star who is expected to get taken in the middle rounds of the amateur draft this week.

Manny Jr. looks eerily like his father as a Cleveland Indians rookie in 1993. But at 6 feet 4 inches and 205 pounds, he is taller, has a more open stance, and prefers playing first base to the outfield.

He says the pluses of having the famous name outweigh the negatives. Those negatives, of course, include the fact that his father, in addition to renowned erratic behavior on and off the field, twice violated Major League Baseball’s policy on banned substances — which is why he is now playing in Taiwan.

“I don’t really question him,” says Manny Jr. “He just told me he made mistakes and you move on.”

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