Posted by: Jeremy | August 31, 2010

Manny sets out to jerk around another franchise

Yeah, Manny Ramirez is a cool guy...

Manny Ramirez is back with the Sox, albeit of a different colour this time around. Ramirez took his female hormone drugs to Chicago today, joining the White Sox after being claimed off waivers earlier in the week. Like their $60 million claim on Alex Rios last August, the Sox are picking up all of Ramirez’s contract, though it’s just the remaining $3.8 million on the two-year, $45 million deal he signed last March.

Even in his Boston days, I was a big Ramirez fan. Then we all found out he was as big of a cheater as Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz. That, of course, after he alienated the Red Sox franchise and was dealt to the Dodgers at the deadline in 2008. He hit .396 with 17 homers in two months to lead Los Angeles to the playoffs before making an ass of himself in contract negotiations and missing 50 games with his steroids suspension in 2009. Ramirez made three trips to the disabled list this season with the Dodgers, playing in only 66 games and hitting just eight home runs. So, note to White Sox fans: Don’t expect your honeymoon in Mannywood to end very nicely. Anything could happen, but don’t go crying to the fine folks of Boston or LA if you get hurt.

The White Sox, by the way, sit four games back of the Twins in the AL Central — definitely attainable, considering Minnesota came back from a deficit about twice that big last September to top the Tigers in the division. The Chicago Manny era starts tonight in Cleveland, with Ramirez on the bench for the second game of a three-game series with the Indians.



  1. For almost 4 million dollars in salary for a month, I just don’t see what the gain is in getting Manny. His career is basically over.

    By the way, great header photo on the blog.

  2. Manny sets out to jerk around another franchise…

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  3. Chances are it won’t amount to anything, but it’s up to Manny to determine. A lot of people thought he was finished when Boston dumped him, so he definitely has some ability to turn it on and off. But yeah, I’m not counting on it this time around…

    Thanks for the comment!

  4. Remember his quote back at contract time??? Something about the price of gas goes up, so does the price for Manny.
    The Chisox have a neatness clause to them, and they even had a barber chair ready near the club-house in Cleveland for his arrival. But today, the dirty mook still keeps the dreads hanging his helmet off his head in a manner of speaking. I think the rental idea is in full effect here on both sides.
    Manny will probably stay in the AL, to pad stats and be only a DH….unless he has a brain cramp and thinks he’s a real player. Toronto is a good spot for his bat, if that’s all that’s offered. Lind can go be First base, replacing the outward bound Overbay.
    Maybe Bautista goes to third, and the Jays’ pick up another outfielder. Then a semi-reliable starter to push Drabeck to compete for the fifth spot…..FORGET LITSCH-BITCH!!!!!!! 18 million go off the books from BJ Ryan, and Doc…. means they got enough to throw money around at a few bullpen guys and a professional hitman to kill Tallet!!!! lol.

  5. If he wants to stay on the field, his best bet is in the AL. I’d be open to him coming to Toronto, mostly because it would mean the team is looking to win next year. Whether or making a push that early is the right decision is up in the air, but I’m down. Maybe I’m just riding high from this season though…

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