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Renteria shares thoughts on Manny joining organization

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CHICAGO -- Manny Ramirez joined the Cubs' Triple-A Iowa team in Colorado Springs on Thursday, and the next phase of his career as a player-coach was to begin.

"He was brought on to share his experience with all the players who are there," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. "We'll probably follow it more to how some of the kids are responding, some of the conversations that are had, some of the aspects of how he prepares on a daily basis.

"He's always been known for being a very prepared individual and having a very methodical routine, which is something he can share with the players there," Renteria said. "From afar, we'll just watch what's going on."

The Iowa team was playing a doubleheader on Thursday to make up for a game April 27 that was postponed. Ramirez was in the lineup for the second game.

Ramirez, 42, spent nearly 20 years in the Major Leagues with the Indians, Red Sox, Dodgers, Rays and White Sox. He finished with 555 home runs, a .312 lifetime batting average, 2,574 hits, and 1,832 RBIs. A 12-time All-Star, nine-time Silver Slugger winner, his career was tarnished by a 50-game suspension for violating baseball's drug policy.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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