Tag:Manny Ramirez
Posted on: October 25, 2010 5:39 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2010 5:39 pm
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Ramirez has hernia surgery

Manny Ramirez Manny Ramirez said he had a hernia operation two weeks ago and the injury had bothered him during the season, he told ESPNDeportes.com's Enrique Rojas .

In a phone interview from his home in Miami, Ramirez told Rojas that he hopes to start training for next season in mid-November.

The free agent DH/outfielder also praised the Blue Jays' hire of John Farrell, and said he'd like to play for Farrell and the Blue Jays.

"He's a manager I'd love to play for," Ramirez told Rojas and translated to English by me in the best of my ability. "Toronto is a team I've liked since they had all those great Dominican players in the 80s."

Ramirez said he feels he has a lot of baseball left in him, but would probably be best as a designated hitter, which I think we can all agree with.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 14, 2010 5:31 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:25 am
 

R.I.P White Sox: Never a dull moment

As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions through all of October. Now: the Chicago White Sox.

There's one thing about these Chicago White Sox, they're never dull. And that was the case again in 2010 as Kenny Williams and Ozzie Guillen had their own reality show and provided more than enough fodder in an ultimately unsuccessful season.

WHAT WENT WRONG

Jake Peavy The vaunted White Sox rotation never quite lived up to its billing -- Jake Peavy (pictured, left) had his search cut in half with injury, and even before that he was medicore, going 7-6 with a 4.63 ERA. Mark Buehrle, John Danks and Gavin Floyd were merely slightly above average.

The team's hole at designated hitter was only magnified by watching their old flame -- the one they dumped -- marry up, as Jim Thome not only hit 25 homers, but he did it for the division-winning Twins. And then there's Manny Ramirez ... but that's an old story.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

The White Sox went on one of the longest hot streaks of the season, a stretch of 25 victories in 30 games to erase Minnesota's 9 1/2-game lead. But after that, the team just couldn't keep it going and saw its own lead in the division disappear.

Paul Konerko (pictured, below) had a fabulous season, hitting .312/.393/.584 with 39 homers and 111 RBI. (If you're talking about Konerko, it's good for him this season came in the final year of his contract.)

HELP ON THE WAY

The White Sox got a glimpse of the future at the end of the season. Brent Morel played 24 games and didn't put up the prettiest numbers at the big league level, but he could be the starting third baseman next season.

More impressive was 2010 first-rounder Chris Sale. The organization expects the left-hander to start. As a reliever -- in an attempt to limit his innings -- Sale showed the potential of a future ace. Fresh out of a small college, he wasn't intimidated by big league hitters, appearing in 21 games and amassing just a 1.93 ERA. He struck out 32 batters in 23 1/3 innings and walked 10 with a WHIP of 1.071.

Paul Konerko EXPECTATIONS FOR 2011

Since winning the World Series in 2005, it's been title or bust for Williams and Guillen. That's not going to change now.

SUGGESTIONS FOR 2011

The biggest question for Williams will be if he can afford to keep Konerko, a White Sox mainstay. Konerko had a huge year and is a free agent, but he'll also be 35 on opening day and will command a big price tag, plus a multiyear contract. If you're going to spend that kind of money, why not give Adam Dunn a shot? Or, heck, go for broke (which they've been known to do) and sign both. The team certainly wouldn't lack power with a Konerko-Dunn tandem.

It'll be easy to let Bobby Jenks go, but who to replace him as the club's closer? I like Matt Thornton, but I'm not so sure Williams/Guillen is ready to lean no the lefty and take him out of the set-up role.

2011 PREDICTION

The Magic 8 Ball tells us to ask again later, there's too much time between now and April to know just what the White Sox will look like. This much is sure, the White Sox will be interesting, even if it's just the manager and general manager.

Check out the rest of the R.I.P. reports here.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 13, 2010 11:31 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:12 pm
 

R.I.P. Dodgers: Divorce drama dominates

As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions through all of October. Today: The Los Angeles Dodgers.

Things looked promising after 2009, when the Dodgers won their second consecutive National League West title and made it two straight trips to the NLCS.

And yet somehow, by the time camp broke in 2010, it was clear that this was a team that was in for a long season. The ongoing divorce of owners Frank and Jamie McCourt had generated sensational headlines and hamstrung the team financially. Without financial flexibility, general manager Ned Colletti was unable to add the pitching the Dodgers needed.

The result was an 80-82 season filled with frustration and distractions, and one of baseball’s proudest franchises is in trouble if the ownership mess isn’t straightened out soon.

WHAT WENT WRONG

Pitching was an issue throughout the season, as there wasn’t enough in the rotation to back up Chad Billingsley and Clayton Kershaw (though Hiroki Kuroda was a nice surprise) and the bullpen caused as many fires as it put out. George Sherrill collapsed, and closer Jonathan Broxton pitched himself out of a job.

Manny Ramirez The offensive picture might have been a lot different if their $20 million slugging outfielder had shown up, figuratively or literally. Instead of vintage Manny Ramirez, they ended up with a post-suspension slap hitter who seemed dedicated to finding ways not to play baseball. He had just 196 at-bats and hit eight homers, not exactly what the Dodgers were hoping for.

Ramirez wasn’t alone as a distraction. Coming off a big season, Matt Kemp saw his batting average drop nearly 50 points, looked lost at times in the outfield after winning a Gold Glove the year before, and was constantly in a beef with someone. He clashed with teammates, coaches and staff.

Russell Martin continued to struggle with his injuries, and Andre Ethier broke his finger in May and never was the same. Rafael Furcal and Vicente Padilla also spent time on the DL.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

Ethier took steps forward despite his finger issue, and Kershaw and Billingsley stepped up. Hong-Chih Kuo was a revelation in relief, and he and rookie Kenley Jansen give the Dodgers some good options at the end of the pen in the future.

Beyond that, good news was pretty tough to find.
 
HELP ON THE WAY

The minor-league ranks were thinned when Colletti, badly misreading his club’s potential, decided the Dodgers were still in contention and shipped out a ton of players in trades for Ted Lilly, Scott Podsednik, Ryan Theriot and Octavio Dotel – none of whom was signed past 2010.

Colletti’s shopping spree didn’t leave the cupboard completely bare. The closest they have to actual help from the minors is probably outfielder Trayvon Robinson, who upped his stock in a big way this season.
 
Frank McCourt EXPECTATIONS FOR 2011

It will depend almost entirely on what happens with the McCourt mess.  The team could be tied up in court and financially hamstrung. Commissioner Bud Selig or the courts could force the McCourts to sell, giving the team a new lease on the future.

SUGGESTIONS FOR 2011

The Dodgers have got some decisions to make.

One is on Matt Kemp. They need to get everybody into a room and work this thing out once and for all, or cut their losses and just admit they can’t get along. He has trade value.

Another is Martin. He’s just not the same player he was a couple of years ago, and now he’s coming off hip surgery and he could make as much as $7 million in arbitration. With the promising A.J. Ellis on board, they might be better off trading Martin before he puts up another .248/.347/.332 and loses all his value.

Word is that Lilly is open to returning, and that would be money well-spent -- they don’t want to enter next season short in the rotation again.

2011 PREDICTION

The McCourts’ drama shows no sign of abating, and even if they put the team on the market tomorrow, it’s unlikely a sale could be completed in time to solidify the Dodgers’ situation in time to help 2011. An unproven, rookie manager, plenty of drama – this doesn’t look like the recipe for immediate success. Tough to see the Dodgers finishing better than third in the division.

Check out the rest of the R.I.P. reports here.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 18, 2010 3:19 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2010 6:59 pm
 

Twins unsure if or when Morneau will return

Justin Morneau Despite being out for over two months, the Twins aren't ready to give up on Justin Morneau returning to the team in time for the postseason.

The problem is, even if Morneau can return, he might not return to his impressive .345/.437/.618 line that had him in the driver's seat for the MVP after 81 games. The 2006 MVP had 18 homers and 56 RBI as well and was on his way to another monster season until suffering a concussion.

"You sit out for two months and all of a sudden you come back and start facing major league pitching right away -- it's not always easy to do," manager Ron Gardenhire told the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune , using Manny Ramirez's comments to apply to Morneau.

Ramirez, who had not delivered an extra-base hit or RBI for the White Sox until his second at-bat Friday (a home run), was talking about the difficulty of producing at the plate after missing two months to injury.

"There's some work ahead for Manny, and if Mornie were to decide he's ready to come out here and do some things, there's a lot of work to be done out here," Gardenhire added.

Morneau was at Target Field on Friday and reported feeling very good, so Gardenhire isn't ready to write off the first baseman's season, while also admitting the team doesn't have much experience in treating concussions or in prolonged absences of a player that returns just in time for the postseason.

"I honestly have no idea where we're at. We haven't had to deal with something like this," Gardenhire relayed. "[Michael] Cuddyer  was as close as we got [in 2008]. Cuddy came back and played Game 163 [the one-game playoff game against the Tigers], when he had the broken foot two years ago. I have no idea. If it happens, we'll figure out something we can do, and if it works out, great."

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: September 16, 2010 6:02 pm
 

Dodgers bench coach doesn't see Torre returning

So, apparently Dodgers bench coach Bob Schaefer felt like talking when he appeared on MLB Network Radio with Jim Bowden and Casey Stern.

Here's what he had to say, according to Bowden's Twitter account :

Bowden Tweet

Some interesting stuff -- it's not exactly Earth-shattering that he doesn't believe Joe Torre will return to the Dodgers next season.

As for his statement about Manny Ramirez, the numbers back him up -- in the first 27 games of 2009, Ramirez hit .348/.492/.641 with six homers and in the 77 after the 50-game suspension, he hit .269/.389/.492 with 13 home runs.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 3, 2010 6:11 pm
Edited on: September 3, 2010 6:13 pm
 

Manny Ramirez apologizes for Boston departure

Manny Ramirez "I think everything was my fault."

Those tend to not be words you see coming out of Manny Ramirez's mouth, but that they did , according to ESPN Boston's Joe McDonald.

Ramirez had long given the Red Sox brass a hard time about Boston, making it clear he wanted out. He requested trades and sat out games he didn't feel like playing in -- and if he was inserted into the game, would clearly not compete. At one point, in 2003, the Red Sox placed him on irrevocable waivers, but no one claimed him and his monstrous salary. While Ramirez would go on to win the 2004 World Series MVP award, he still was a headache -- albeit a headache that delivered two World Series rings.

In 2008, Ramirez was involved in two altercations. In the first, he provoked Kevin Youkilis by telling him to stop complaining about the umpire's handling of the strike zone. Things came to blows in the dugout and the two had to be separated. Later in the season, Ramirez shoved traveling secretary Jack McCormick to the ground after McCormick told Ramirez he could not accommodate his ticket requests for a certain game.

Things continued to deteriorate, with Ramirez making up a fake knee injury. Suspicious, the Red Sox sent him for a MRI but he could not remember which knee hurt, so both knees underwent MRIs and came back clean. That was the final straw for Boston, who was able to trade him to the Dodgers in a three-way deal with the Pirates, netting Jason Bay. The club would go on to lose Game 7 of the 2008 ALCS against the Rays while Ramirez was on fire as a Dodger and led his new team to the playoffs where they fell in the NLDS.

Ramirez just engineered yet another disgraceful exit from town and is now a White Sox, being claimed off waivers by Chicago and playing his first game on Wednesday, roughly 48 hours after officially becoming a White Sox, which was head-scratching in its own right.

But at least some part of Ramirez has grown up, saying he apologized to Youkilis when the two ran into each other with Ramirez and the ChiSox in town for a three-game series Friday.

"When I saw Youkilis I said, ‘Hey, what happened between you and me, I’m sorry," Ramirez said. "That’s my fault."

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: September 1, 2010 5:05 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2010 7:00 pm
 

Manny might face scissors yet

Manny Ramirez has never been one to think the rules apply to him, and it looked like he was taking the same approach with his new team's rule that players wear their hair short. White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf made that decree, manager Ozzie Guillen said he couldn't care less about Ramirez's long dreadlocks, and there's been no indication that Reinsdorf has talked to Ramirez about it directly.

Nevertheless, Ramirez told reporters after his Chicago debut Wednesday that "it seems like everywhere I go, people want to talk about the hair."

When asked about whether he was willing to comply with team policy, Ramirez answered, "Why not?"

Of course, Manny being Manny, tomorrow his thoughts might be completely different. After all, on Tuesday he decided he speaks only Spanish, but on Wednesday his grasp of English apparently returned.

UPDATE: Whoa, this is one of those high-stakes news stories that just keeps evolving! According to the Boston Globe, a "barber to the sports stars" who goes by the moniker Montro will be cutting Ramirez's hair in Boston either Thursday or Friday.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 31, 2010 5:04 pm
 

Manny already being Manny

Manny Ramirez
Manny Ramirez must have had a heck of a flight from L.A. to Cleveland.

For one thing, the trip took away his ability to speak English. When he met with White Sox reporters Tuesday, after joining the team in a waiver claim from the Dodgers, he spoke only in Spanish and and apparently hinted that that would be the case in Chicago.

The Dominican native, who used bench coach Joey Cora as a translator for his introductory remarks, has spoken English with reporters his entire career, and while his English wasn't great it was certainly passable.

The flight also left him so pooped he needed a day off -- he wasn't in the White Sox lineup. Yep, $18.7 million salary, too tired to DH. Welcome to The Manny Experience, Chicago fans.

-- David Andriesen

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