Could Manny Still Be Manny?
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By Brooke Robinson (Rangers Correspondent): Follow @bka_9
Most baseball fans have spent the first half of the season watching their favorite teams, as well as getting a good laugh out of the constant YouTube videos coming from Taiwan.
Manny Ramirez, in his short term with the EDA Rhinos, starred in his own version of Mr. Baseball part 2 as a crowd favorite in the Chinese Professional Baseball League.
Ramirez hit 8 Homers, moonwalked to the dugout, and had a hilarious attempt to slide into 2B (and stopped about ten feet short).
But the joke was on Texas Rangers fans on Wednesday, whenever Ramirez signed a minor league contract and was optioned to AAA Round Rock Express.
Manny Ramirez: I’M BACK!
GM Jon Daniels saw a need for a power bat where current DH Lance Berkman was lacking, and decided to give Ramirez a second chance. Keep in mind this was the same team who gave both Josh Hamilton and Milton Bradley their second chances.
In terms of business, this is a very low risk gamble for the Rangers. Ramirez either bats well in Round Rock, and eventually helps out the major league team… Or he doesn’t do much of anything in AAA and is released.
The Rangers are struggling for runs in their current stretch, and could use the extra offense from the Ramirez of 2000-2008.
To go along with the postseason experience level Jon Daniels has put on the team, ManRam might actually be the answer. In 19 Major League seasons, Ramirez batted .285/.394/.933 in postseason play.
In terms of off the field behavior, Ramirez has a long way to go. Texas fans seemed less than thrilled when the signing was announced, even angry at Daniels for once.
Most reporters from Taiwan claimed Ramirez had been a model citizen in his three months there. The most surprising part might be that the 12 Time All Star actually agreed to cut his hair that day, to comply with the team.
He’s back, baseball fans. And at 41 years old, he could still be the real deal.
Could Manny still be Manny?
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Posted on July 5, 2013, in MLB Player Profiles, The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged 1995 world series, 1997 world series, 2008 NLCS, 2009 NLCS, @bka_9 on twitter, boston red sox, brooke robinson, chicago white sox, cleveland indians, david ortiz, eda rhinos, fenway park, jon daniels, josh hamilton, la dodgers, lance berkman, manny ramirez, milton bradley, oakland athletics, philadelphia phillies, Round Rock Express (PCL), scott boras, tampa bay rays, texas rangers, yasiel ouig, yasiel puig. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.