Willie Mays Aikens, who went from World Series star to federal prison inmate, has returned to baseball. The 56-year-old Aikens was hired as a minor league coach by the Kansas City Royals.
Aikens hit four home runs for the Royals in their 1980 Series loss to Philadelphia. He later served almost 14 years on gun, bribery and cocaine charges.
He was released from federal custody in June 2008 and had said he hoped to get back into the sport that made him famous.
New York Mets owners Fred and Jeff Wilpon met with Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig to discuss the team’s finances. Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon officially signed their one-year contracts with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.