MESA, Ariz. -- Manny Ramirez has only been in Cubs camp since Wednesday, but he's already had an impact on the players.
"I think he has a great idea about hitting," shortstop Starlin Castro said of Ramirez, who was hired as a hitting consultant. "He was a great hitter and he can tell you everything about hitting. I think he's really smart.
"He can look at you and tell you, 'Hey, when I played, I just stayed middle all the way,'" Castro said. "He works every day with Javy [Baez]. I see him working hard with [Jorge] Soler and the young kids, [Albert] Almora, [Kris] Bryant. I think it'll be good for us."
Ramirez is expected to stay with the Cubs all spring and be in Chicago for at least one homestand a month.
"I think it'll be really good for us, especially the young guys," Castro said. "That guy had a wonderful career. He knows a lot about this game and I think everybody listens to him. I think he'll explain it, and he can help a lot of guys."