Tagged: Joe Torre

The Dumb and the Restless

arod-4.jpgAfter taking a day off from making headlines, ALEX RODRIGUEZ has finally done something smart. Opting to undergo a minor surgery now, with a promise for a more invasive surgery after the season, Rodriguez is expected to miss only six to nine weeks.

Not only was choosing to have the surgery done now, earlier on in the season, a smart move, Rodriguez also did not publicly comment on the surgery. Dr. Marc Phillipon, the hip specialist responsible for fast-tracking the procedure, did all the talking in an article written MLB.com beat reporter Bryan Hoch.

“The goal here is to allow Alex to rehab rapidly in a safe manner,”
Philippon said. “The approach we’re using is much safer than letting
Alex play the way he is now.”

Rodriguez is expected to spend the first few week in Vail, Colo. to
undergo rehabilitation that is a “hybrid” experiment.

“Because of all the tests, findings, analysis and function of Alex, I
feel it’s in his best interest to have his labrum repaired, remove part
of his impingement at the same time and, therefore, stabilize his
labrum,” Philippon said. “[The procedure will] remove a little bit of
the impingement, and by doing this, we will contain the cyst. The goal
here is to stabilize Alex’s labrum, remove a little bit of the
impingement and allow him to have more freedom of movement in his hip.”

Philippon has performed similar procedures on and treated such
sports stars as golfer Greg Norman and figure skater Tara Lipinski.
Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said, during a press conference call, that Philippon’s expertise gave Rodriguez comfort “that
this was not only a legitimate option, but the best one.”

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With Rodriguez out of action for only a brief period of time, expect to see more of CODY RANSOM, the man chosen to fill Rodriguez’s big, expensive, shoes. Ransom, 33, is a journeyman infielder who has been hitting exceptionally well as a Yankee between his time spent as a back up last year and his Spring Training showing.

Ransom hit .302 with four home runs and eight RBIs in 33 games for the
Yankees last season as a utility man, including three starts at third
base. He has logged just 183 big league at-bats with three organizations.

In 20 at bats of spring training baseball, Ransom is currently batting .300 with six hits, five runs, and a stolen base. Teammate Johnny Damon has been a vocal supporter of Ransom, even claiming him to be the “best athlete on the team.”

In other news, MANNY RAMIREZ has written a book.

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REALLY?

Seriously now ….

REALLY?

He’s a great athlete hitter and all, but I didn’t even know he could read, let along write.

At first I thought it was a hoax. Then I thought maybe it was a Manny themed coloring book.

But this is a real-deal, I-wanna-be-a-bitter-clown-like-Joe-Torre expose’ of his former team.

In a report by MLB.com associate reporter Alden Gonzalez, excerpts from “Becoming Manny” have been released to the press.

In typical fashion, Manny, with the help of a few journalists, chronicle Manny’s Beantown adventures and his eventual forray into Dodgertown USA, and his eventual settling into Mannywood.

One note I really found thought provoking is how Manny claimed to have lost his best buddy Pedro Martinez, who is currently auditioning for a Major League role with an outstanding performance in the World Baseball Classic.

Perhaps we could see Manny and Pedro reunite … under Joe Torre.

I’m sure Torre could lead another all star team to the playoffs and find a way to blow it for them, too.

What a bunch of clowns.

SOURCE CREDITS:

MLB.com – http://www.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090308&content_id=3942546
MLB.com – http://www.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090308&content_id=3945254
MLB.com – http://www.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090305&content_id=3921752
MLB.com – http://www.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090308&content_id=3942784

PHOTOS CREDITS:

http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/images/2009/03/08/XzWmb6zb.jpg – Getty/Uncredited
http://img.fannation.com/upload/si_blog_post_images/25021/arod.jpg – AP/Uncredited
http://www.preschoolcoloringbook.com – Christa Koch (alterations by me)

Manny being Manny … in New York?

Be still my beating heart!

Do my eyes deceive me or are Yankees fans actually insisting on pursuing Manny Ramirez this post season? Surely you jest! There are only about a MILLION reasons why this is a terrible idea. 

Sure, he can play in big city markets with tons of pressure. 

Yes, he is one of baseball’s all time greatest batters.

I’ll even give you that when he tries to play baseball, he actually isn’t all that bad.

But NOT in New York!

Manny is surely a talented player. I can agree with that. But he is not Yankee material. Besides, LA won’t let him slip away. There are very few markets he would be willing to go to and I think that he will want to stay in the NL where he will remain prosperous. Remember, Manny CHOSE to go to LA. He had a no trade clause that only he could lift. He has earned the right to be choosy with where he goes through his performance in Boston as a consistent hitter (though not much else).

He fits the Dodgers. They can, and will, continue to build around him.

Besides, according to Manny in an August 8 interview on the Dodgers website he WANTS to finish his career in LA. “I love it,” Ramirez said after one game with the Dodgers. “I feel at home already. Put the word on me — I want to stay here. The weather is nice, the stadium is beautiful.”

Big market, nice weather, Hollywood atmosphere, media attention, a storied historic baseball club, MannyMania, Joe Torre as his skipper, keep his hair, and stay Manny, being Manny. What more could the 37 year old want, money? 

“I’ve already made $160 million,” he said. “I like it here. I’m looking for peace. I want to stay here. At the end of the season, if the Dodgers want me to end my career here, we’ll sit down and talk. Time will tell.”

“I want peace.” 

If there were anything Manny could bring to the Bronx it would be a sense of fun. The Yankees need to bring more fun to the ballpark. Giambi’s mustache broke some of the tension of New York’s hot summer nights. Remember the night that A-Rod tried out the yellow glasses?

The Yankees need more of that.

But is bringing Manny in the only way to do this?

I hope not. The Yankees get paid top dollar, which is public knowledge, so they are required to produce produce produce. And in recent years they have failed to produce in the only way that the Steinbrenner’s, the guys who sign the paychecks, know how – post season victories.

These guys need to make the game fun again.

But why would the Yanks want to go after another outfielder anyway? Nady is perfect as an everyday player, and I’ve said it time and again that Damon and Abreu are in the top numbers for Yankee offense, consistently. Having that trio as a platooning OF/DH combo will remain deadly.

And how many aging no-trade clause players can the Yankees afford to carry around? 

The plus side to utilizing those three for the corners and a back and forth of Melky Cabrera and Brett Gardner at center field would provide the Yankees with enough depth to cover any unforeseen injuries as well as help two developing players a chance to make a mark and provide youthful enthusiasm.

One thing that is crucial to remember is the Yankees need for defense as much as offense. While Manny may be a consistent hitter, his only defensive consistency is in his inconsistency. Young and speedy cannon arms like Cabrera or Gardner will fill that need more than just another bat. Damon, Nady, and Abreu can supply the much needed swing that Manny could provide, and the Yanks would be forced to make unnecessary cuts if any other outfielders were added.

I don’t hate Manny Ramirez. I respect his talent. I respect what he can do in baseball. I respect how he makes the game fun for himself and those around him. I respect his total disrespect for the Boston Red Sox. I love Manny being Manny.

But I love Manny in another league, in another town, three time zones away.