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    Show Manny The Money!

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    It’s just “Manny Being Manny” – I’ve heard that quote used so often over the last few years after a “Manny occurrence”. For those of you who don’t know what a “Manny occurrence” is, just ask his teammates in Cleveland and Boston. Whether it be misplaying an easy fly, not running hard to 1st base after an easy ground ball or fly out, faking an injury to skip games, or complaining that he wasn’t getting paid enough, Manny has had a long list of “Manny occurrences” over his productive 15-year career in the big leagues. Ramirez is coming off of an 8-year, $160 million contract with the Red Sox. At 36, he is looking to get paid in what will likely be his last free agent contract. His shark agent Scott Boras is seeking a 5-6 year offer at a dollar amount close to the $27.5 million per year amount that the New York Yankees are paying Alex Rodriguez. He’ll have plenty of suitors – the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the New York Mets. Will he get what he wants? Not likely. But at the end of the day, Manny is going to get paid this off-season, financial crisis or not.

    Ramirez’s current team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, has already made him an offer. The terms were not disclosed, but Dodgers GM Ned Colletti has said that the offer was very competitive and would put him just below Alex Rodriguez in terms of per year salary.

    Manny Ramirez is one of the most prolific right-handed hitters of all-time. He may even be the best right-handed hitter of our generation. Some career stats – 527 home runs; 1725 RBI’s; 1444 runs scored; a .314 batting average; a .593 slugging percentage; and an unbelievable 1.004 OPS. Ramirez has also played well when it mattered most – in the post-season. He has played in the post-season 10 times – 5 times with the Indians from 1995 through 1999, 4 times with the Red Sox from 2003 through 2007 and 1 time with the Dodgers in 2008. Over those 10 post-seasons, Ramirez has accumulated the most home runs of any player in MLB history – 28. He has driven in 74 runs, scored 64 runs and walked 70 times. Ramirez has a .286 career post-season batting average, a .396 on-base percentage and a .550 slugging percentage. He helped the Red Sox win World Series in 2004 and 2007.

    Do his numbers justify the crazy deal he is about to sign? Without a doubt.

    Does he deserve it? No, because of his lack respect for the game.

    We should know where Manny lands during the next few weeks, and then we’ll be ready to see or hear about the next “Manny occurrence”.

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