Could Manny Still Be Manny?

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Friday, July.05/2013

Manny Ramirez was last sniffing around the MLB with Oakland last year in the Minors.  Technically, he finished his PED suspension from the year before  - accrued with the Tampa Bay Rays.  Before that, he was with the White Sox, Wait a second??? When was the last time Manny was Manny on the field?

Manny Ramirez was last sniffing around the MLB with Oakland last year in the Minors. Technically, he finished his PED suspension from the year before – accrued with the Tampa Bay Rays. Before that, he was with the White Sox, Wait a second??? When was the last time Manny was Manny on the field?  You have to go all the way back to his LA Dodgers days.  He was exciting that town like someone named Yasiel Puig is now – batting for a 3 slash line of .396/.485/1.232 in 62 Games Played – with 19 HRs and 63 RBI during the 2008 year   Mannywood couldn’t lead the Dodgers past the Phils in back to back years for  the NLCS.  He then resigned in LA, tested positive for PED use, came back – and was traded to Chicago.

By Brooke Robinson (Rangers Correspondent):

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!

Manny was beloved in Boston from the years of 2001 - 2007.  He and David Ortiz provided the best 3 and 4 hitter lineup in the American League.  But what is to make of the PED use.  Can we take Manny seriously at face value for his historical run with the Beantown club?  Even Ortiz has been rumored to be on that lost of 103 players that tested positive during the Players Association agreement with the MLB to allow themselves to be tested - in order to see how rampant drug use was.

Manny was beloved in Boston from the years of 2001 – 2007. He and David Ortiz provided the best 3 and 4 hitter lineup combination in the American League – or baseball for that matter. But what is to make of his PED use? Can we take Manny seriously at face value for his historical run with the Beantown club? Even Ortiz has been rumored to be on that lost of 103 players that tested positive during the Players Association agreement with the MLB to allow themselves to be tested – in order to see how rampant drug use was.

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.

Manny crushed it in his last stint in the playoffs with the Dodgers.  He hit .520 - with 4 HRs and 10 RBI in the 2008 Playoffs for the Dodgers.  In 2009, he wasn't as prolific, but he was still feared.

Manny signed a 2 YR/$45 MIL deal  with the Dodgers for 2009 and 2010. He hit .520 – with 4 HRs and 10 RBI in the 2008 Playoffs for the Dodgers. In 2009, he wasn’t as prolific, but he was still feared.  The team dumped him on the White Sox in 2010 – where he sulked and hit 1 HR and drove in 2 RBI in 69 AB.

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.

Manny could do some damage as a DH in the AL.  He is the veteran of 4 World Series Series - and 23 Post Season Series overall

Manny could do some damage as a DH in the AL. He is the veteran of 4 World Series – and 23 Post Season Series overall.  However, with the Rays in his 5 games before the 100 game suspension – he was only 1 – 17 (.059 BA).

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?

Manny Ramirez in one of his lighter moments in the MLB.  He was caught in the Fenway Park bathroom when the games was supposed to resume between innings.  The Red Sox put up with his antics for years - because the guy could rake.  In 2008, he started to quit on his team to the point where they shipped him to Los Angeles, but Man - Ram went on one of the biggest streaks we have seen in a 2nd half.  This led creedence to the fact he was dogging it for the first 4 months in Boston because of stalled contract negotiations with agent Scott Boras (what a surprise)

Manny Ramirez in one of his lighter moments in the MLB. He was caught in the Fenway Park bathroom when the game was supposed to resume between innings. The Red Sox put up with his antics for years – because the guy could rake. In 2008, he started to quit on his team to the point where they shipped him to Los Angeles, but Man – Ram went on one of the biggest streaks we have seen in a 2nd half. This led credence to the fact he was dogging it for the first 4 months in Boston,  because of stalled contract negotiations with agent Scott Boras (what a surprise). Ramirez has not appeared in the Major Leagues since Apr.6/2011 with Tampa Bay.  After he caught and suspended for 100 games for violating the drug abuse policy for a 2nd time – he cleared out his locker and was half way home before his teammates found out.

*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com or their partners.***

A big thank-you goes out to our ‘Rangers Correspondent’ Brooke Robinson for preparing today’s featured article. Brooke is a junior Sport Management major at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

She is a native of Fort Worth, Texas. Spending time at the Texas Rangers spring training facility in Arizona and seeing all of the prospects are what she loves most about baseball. Feel free to follow Brooke on twitter and talk the game of baseball with her.

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Posted on July 5, 2013, in MLB Player Profiles, The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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