Former coach Ramos disappointed, but healthy again
While disappointed to not be hired back by the Rays after six seasons as their bullpen coach, Bobby Ramos said the good news is that he is feeling better and if over the illnesses that forced him to miss the second half of last season.
"I'm feeling great,'' he said Wednesday from Miami, having just finished a workout.
Ramos said he was sidelined due to a combination of issues - a severe throat infection, a bad case of bronchitis and resulting anxiety issues. He said he felt well enough that he could rejoined the team during the final week of the regular season, but didn't want to disrupt what had been working well. He had hoped to return this season, but understood the Rays had other plans.
"Of course you're disappointed after all these years,'' Ramos said. "You put a lot of time in, you like to think you helped. Unfortunately I got sick. If I had my way I wouldn't have gotten sick and I would have stayed there.''
Ramos, 56, said manager Joe Maddon had mentioned the possibility of another assignment in the organization, but he had not heard anything yet from executive VP Andrew Friedman or any other front office officials.
If he doesn't get a new job with the Rays, Ramos - known as the Sugar Bear - said he will seek a coaching job with another team. Ramos was a Rays minor-league manager 1997-99 then spent six years with the Angels before returning to the Rays when Maddon was hired as manager.
"I'm doing fine, buddy,'' Ramos said. "The Bear is back.''