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CHICAGO -- Manny being Manny has been a positive so far for the Chicago Cubs. NMD XR1 White . President of baseball operations Theo Epstein praised Manny Ramirez on Friday for his work with the Cubs minor leaguers in Arizona, and said the former major league star could join Triple-A Iowa next week. Ramirez signed a minor league deal in May and reported to the teams facility in Mesa to get some at-bats in extended spring training. When Ramirez moves to Iowa, he will be a player-coach for Chicagos top farm club. "Ive gotten unsolicited emails and texts from a lot of the staff down there saying that hes been a breath of fresh air and the best thing that ever happened to the kids down in Mesa," Epstein said before the Cubs 6-3 victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates. "So Im really pleased with the impact hes making on the organization. "Probably sometime next week that hes ready to go to Iowa, but were not in a rush because hes making an impact with the young kids down there who are getting their first taste of pro ball as well as guys like Jorge Soler, who are there rehabbing. Mannys been a really nice influence so far." The 42-year-old Ramirez is a .312 hitter with 555 home runs in 2,302 games covering 19 major league seasons. But the Cubs brought him in to serve as a mentor for some of their young players and insist he is not a candidate for a promotion to the major league club. The addition of Ramirez was a bit of a gamble for Epstein, who was the general manager in Boston when the enigmatic slugger helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 2004 and 2007. Ramirez was suspended for 50 games in 2009 while with the Los Angeles Dodgers after testing positive for a banned drug. He retired in April 2011 instead of serving a 100-game ban for a second positive test while with Tampa Bay, but later agreed to a reduced 50-game suspension and played in the minors for Oakland in 2012. He also has been criticized in the past for lackadaisical play, but Epstein thinks he can be a valuable teacher for Chicagos rich minor league system. "Hes been meeting with the young kids there daily, pulling them aside, talking about hitting, talking about not making some of the same mistakes that he made off the field, really keeping them focused on working hard and having a passion for the game and doing things the right way," Epstein said. When Ramirez gets to Iowa, he will get a chance to work one of the majors best prospects in third baseman Kris Bryant. The No. 2 overall selection in last years draft hit .355 with 20 homers in 68 games with Double-A Tennessee, and then belted a two-run shot in his debut with Iowa on Thursday night. The promotion to Triple-A means Bryant is just one step away from joining the Cubs, but Epstein made it sound as if that would be next season at the earliest. "I dont forsee a scenario where hed be up this year," he said. "I dont think its the right thing to do for someone in his first full professional season, barring extraordinary circumstances both in respect to the player and whats going on at the big league club." Epstein also is pleased with what he has seen so far from this years first-round pick, Kyle Schwarber. The No. 4 overall selection from Indiana University was quickly promoted from Chicagos short-season Class A affiliate in Boise, Idaho, to Single-A Kane County. There is some question about whether Schwarber will play catcher or left field in the pros, but it looks as if that decision can wait for now. "We decided this year, his first exposure to pro ball, were going to have him see a lot of time in left field, let him catch about once a week, maybe twice a week, so he can stay fresh with his catching, DH some so that he can keep his bat in the lineup when he needs a day off," Epstein said. "Then were going to sit down at the end of the minor league season and see whether its an appropriate time to make a call." Adidas Tubular Defiant Black White . - The Chicago Bears have agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent centre Brian de la Puente. Adidas NMD R1 For Sale . The 22-year-old Spanish midfielder recently signed a new three-year contract with Chelsea, and after spending last season on loan with Valencia in La Liga, Romeu will move to the Bundesliga for the 2014-15 campaign.DB: Youve yet to win a Stanley Cup, if you do win it, hopefully when you win it, whats the thing you most want to do with the Cup? JT: Well, being the first Inuk coming from Nunavut, Im never gonna forget where I come from, so Ill definitely be making a trip up to Nunavut for a day or two with the Cup. But, obviously its the hardest trophy to win and Im doing everything I can to try and reach that goal. Happy Earth day !! A photo posted by Jordin Tootoo (@kudluk22) on Apr 4, 2014 at 1:11pm PDT DB: Do you have a favourite fictional hockey player? JT: Ummm, Happy Gilmore for sure (Laughs). DB: (Laughs) Yes! Nice! So, youre now playing with a guy named Jaromir Jagr, whos basically a legend. Whats something youve learned about Jaromir that you didnt know about him before? JT: Well, hes definitely a special human being to still be playing at his age. Also, his commitment towards the game, hes a guy that takes nothing for granted. You just watch him in the dressing room and everything is so precise and to the point. And for him to really show that to the younger guys, how you cant take anything for granted, because it really is a privilege to play in the NHL. DB: Favourite thing to do in the offseason that helps you relax and get away from hockey for a bit? JT: I love hunting and fishing. Anytime I go up to Nunavut I spend a lot of time out on the land, where its nice and peaceful. And you get to reminisce about a lot of stories over the years with my family and my friends. Fishing in Traverse City. A photo posted by Jordin Tootoo (@kudluk22) on Sep 9, 2013 at 5:57pm PDT DB: Last season there was this viral video of you giving a little kid your stick and he had the greatesst happiest laugh Ive ever heard. Adidas NMD R1 Black. . Did you notice his amazing laugh in that moment or was it not until you watched the video afterwords? JT: Yeah you know that definitely wasnt set up, I just happened to see the kid when I was coming off the ice and it was just a spur of the moment thing. But I actually didnt realize how excited he was until I saw the video. I was a kid once too and to make a lasting memory for a kid is a pretty special feeling. The joy in seeing a little boy smile is priceless !! A video posted by Jordin Tootoo (@kudluk22) on Apr 4, 2014 at 5:56pm PDT DB: Go to pump up song when working out? JT: You know what, Im actually pretty easy going. I like all types of music, but classic rock is always a good thing. DB: Lets talk a little bit about your book All The Way, whats something you hope the reader takes away from it after reading this book? JT: Well, I wrote this book to help me heal as a person. Im only 31-years old, but Ive been through a lot and I just want people to understand that its okay to be open and honest and not be afraid to talk because theres always someone out there whos willing to listen. The more you hold things in, the more depressed you get and thats when a lot of people dont see light at the end of the tunnel. 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