Twelve-time Major League Baseball All-Star Manny Ramirez has come out of retirement again to join the Sydney Blue Sox for the upcoming ABL season.
Now 48, Ramirez helped drive the Boston Red Sox to two World Series titles before calling time on his MLB career in 2011.
He will fill a player-coach role with Sydney.
"As a life-long Boston Red Sox fan this is a dream come true," Blue Sox owner Adam Dobb said.
"Manny has been interested in the Australian Baseball League for quite a while now.
"It was his preference to play down here in a big city and we're thrilled to have a player of his calibre in Sydney."
Ramirez led the Red Sox to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007 during a MLB career that ended after his second violation of the league's drugs policy.
He has since featured in American minor leagues, as well as playing in China and Japan.
"Manny has told us he's not prepared to give the game away yet," Dobb said.
"He keeps himself in shape and takes batting practice daily.
"He is going to be massive for the Blue Sox and the ABL and we can't wait to see Manny being Manny down under."
Ramirez is statistically one of the greatest hitters in MLB history, ranking 15th all-time with 555 home runs.
He claimed the Silver Slugger Award nine times during a MLB career that included stints with Cleveland, Boston, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox and Tampa Bay.