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Manny Ramirez – Help or Hurt the White Sox?

Posted in MLB with tags , , , , , , , , on August 30, 2010 by nathanelwell

What’s certain is that 38 year-old slugger Manny Ramirez is heading to the Chicago White Sox.  What’s uncertain is how effective Manny will be.  Will it be “Manny being Manny” or will he help them reach the playoffs?  Jayson Stark had a compelling article on Manny, which would place Ramirez in the “Manny being Manny” camp.  And he has some valid points.   Not to mention all of Manny’s past woes: With the Red Sox, Manny’s knees were sore, but we never knew which one.  The water-bottle-in-the-back-pocket-syndrome.  The dropped-catch-and-then-sitting-on-the-ball-disorder.  With the Dodgers, his calf and hamstring seemed to be the problem.  The positive PEDs.  The one-pitch ejections.  The impending divorce of the McCourts, the owners of the Dodgers (there is an entire web-site dedicated to their demise).

But in baseball, what ultimately matters?  In 2008 (pre-PED suspension) Manny ONLY hit .396 with 17 HR, .743 slugging percentage, and .489 on-base percentage.  This was over the next two months after he was traded from the Red Sox to the Dodgers.  Can Manny duplicate these numbers with the White Sox?  He hasn’t exactly provided his “A game” over the last year and a half.  He has only played in about half of the last 260 games.  .269 batting avg.  Slugging and on-base percentages took a royal dive.  So what can make things work for Manny on the South Side?

If you ask me, Chicago is the perfect match for Manny, specifically with the antics of Ozzie Guillen.  In his usual banter-in-broken-English, Ozzie had some entertaining things to say about Manny becoming a South-sider: “I think its funny how people tell people ‘Manny being Manny’.  Hey, Manny be real…To me he’s a great guy.  He don’t have any problem with anybody…It’s two rules I have: You gotta be straight with the team and be there for the national anthem…If the guys can go there butt naked, they don’t have to wear a uniform.  They win game for me?  I’m only happy for them.”  Fair enough, Ozzie.  Essentially we’re looking at a one-month hire.  During Manny’s career, his September hitting has produced a .313 avg, 93 HR, .412 OBP, and a .604 SLG.  Why wouldn’t GM Ken Williams go after this guy?  So what if he left the Dodgers high and dry.  If I were Manny, I wouldn’t want to play for a team who has been caught in the middle of the royal McDivorce.

Manny the Clown

Posted in MLB with tags , , , , , on July 28, 2008 by nathanelwell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First of all, let me get out with an official TNS apology.  The blog post you are about to read is about a member of the Boston Red Sox.  I know this isn’t anything “earth-shattering” as sports networks everywhere seem to have their favorite teams.  I’m also writing a post about a clown.  “What is a clown” you ask?  Great question. 

Deep thoughts specialist Jack Handy says this about clowns: “To me, clowns aren’t funny.  In fact, they’re kind of scary.  I’ve wondered where this started and I think it goes back to the time I went to the circus, and a clown killed my dad.”  Dictionary.com defines a clown as “a comic performer, as in a circus, theatrical production, or the like, who wears an outlandish costume and makeup and entertains by pantomiming common situations or actions in exaggerated or ridiculous fashion, by juggling or tumbling, etc…”  Hmm….  Comic performer?  Outlandish costume?  Yep, I think we’re talking about Manny Ramirez.

Manny is not a scary clown like “It” (they all float down here), a tv clown like Bozo, or a cartoon clown like Krusty.  But Manny stuffs water bottles in his back pocket during the game, sits on the ball after missing an outfield catch, wears a uniform three sizes too big, and high-fives a fan after making a wall-scaling catch.  He is a talented clown, for sure.  He has 2 world series rings, over 500 home-runs, and has a career .312 batting average.  But surprisingly enough, the Red Sox have had it with Manny Ramirez.  After Manny sat out two games recently because of an “injury” the Red Sox received no indication from his MRI that his knees had anything wrong.  And Manny now is indicating that it may be time to move on.  “I’m tired of them, they’re tired of me.  If the Red Sox are a better team without Manny Ramirez they should trade me; I will not object”.  WHAT?  Manny has the most Red Sox homeruns this season.  He is second in RBI and BB’s.  Does Manny have a legitimate complaint, or is he just clownin’?

Go back to before the 2004 season, and you might remember when Manny was placed on waivers by the Red Sox, in an attempt to shed his big contract.  No team bit the hook, and the Red Sox were forced to keep their relationship with Manny.  Manny went on to hit 43 home runs and hit .308 in the 2004 season.  Oh, the Red Sox also won the World Series.  So now, the Red Sox and Manny seem to be clownin’ again.  I find it hard to believe that the Red Sox would ever want to dump Ramirez.  My personal feeling is that Ramirez and the Red Sox brass are bluffing.  Its crazy to think that either side would risk another World Series title.

But then again, if you had to play with this guy, would YOU want to drop him?