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Manny Ramirez out of Dodgers' lineup yet again

Aug 29, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

This is getting downright weird. Dodgers manager Joe Torre has left outfielder Manny Ramirez out of his starting lineup for a fourth consecutive day, according to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick.The Dodgers have been playing well...

This is getting downright weird.

Dodgers manager Joe Torre has left outfielder Manny Ramirez out of his starting lineup for a fourth consecutive day, according to MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick.

The Dodgers have been playing well recently and Torre hinted to reporters on Friday that he wanted to keep his Manny-less lineup intact because of superstitious thoughts.  But the club lost to the Rockies on Saturday night, and a truly superstitious manager would probably want to mix things up.

Torre has insisted that no one is telling him to leave Manny out of the lineup and, by all accounts, no headway has been made in trade negotiations with the White Sox.

Ramirez is batting .311 with a solid .915 OPS, eight homers and 40 RBI in 196 at-bats this year, but Scott Podsednik is seeing starts in his place because Torre likes the “energy” of a lineup that includes the more fleet of foot outfielder.

  1. Philip P - Aug 29, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    If they are holding him out of the line up to ensure he is healthy come Tuesday for a move to Chicago, it makes some sense. However, if this has nothing to do with keeping him healthy for a trade and they feel they can win without him, they should simply let him go to the White Sox on waivers and save themselves approx. $4 million. Beyond that. keeping him out if the line up is stupid, plain and simple.

  2. TheWizard - Aug 29, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    How much of a dirtball must the guy be to wear out his welcome everywhere he goes in spite of fantastic numbers?

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