What to do with Manny Ramirez?
Posted by Ryan on July 27, 2008
The Boston Red Sox have a problem: Manny Ramirez is a great player, just not a great team player. Lately he’s been verbally and physically confrontational with his team and staff and the management have been equally vocal about Ramirez’s behavior. He even missed Game 1 in their latest series against the New York Yankees, showing up to the game where the Yanks piled on 10-3. It seemed like all the chatter (when A-Rod wasn’t getting hit — not cool by the way) was about Manny and his future. More to come in tonight’s game.
Why not just trade him? Well, he’s pretty good although routinely goes through mid-season meltdowns like clockwork, and other teams are wise to the fact that Manny’s going to act like this where ever he ends up. Some have offered suggestions, but mostly every conversation goes in circles — if he leaves, no one will pay him what the Sox have paid him, so he’s apt to stay. Whatever the outcome, with a tight AL East this season, the early favored BoSox could easily end up in third behind the surprising Tampa Bay Rays and resurgent and lately dominant Yankees.
Pic from the Red Sox Times.