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“If you look at their starting rotation and you look at their ability to close out and hold leads, that’s the real heartbeat of that club,” he said. “They’ve got some guys throwing the ball very well in their rotation. They’ve got a premier closer. And they’ve been holding leads.”
Acquiring Ramirez for prospects is already one of the best trades in Dodgers history.
But if the Dodgers allow these two months to sucker them into signing him to the rich long-term deal he will demand, the trade will be one of their worst.
For the long-term future of the organization, Manny Ramirez is not Mr. Right, he is only Mr. Right Now.
He is a brilliant, Hall of Fame hitter. He is also a 36-year-old man with aching knees who will want the Dodgers to pay him until he is beyond 40.
He has feasted on National League pitching, loved National League ballparks. But because of his fielding problems, he will soon be needing the comfort of an American League designated-hitter role.
. . . He has been the veteran leader both in the clubhouse and on the field, easing tensions, relaxing swings, turning up the music, making winning fun. But what he’s done in 15 minutes can’t change who he’s been for 16 years.
Manny may be a solid baseball citizen while pursuing a new contract, but Manny is still Manny.
He punched a teammate. He knocked over a 64-year-old club employee. He feigned injury to miss two important series. And that was just this season.
Somewhere, we suspect, Curt Schilling is nodding in agreement.