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Manny Ramirez told Dodgers he wanted to play in American League

Aug 30, 2010, 8:45 PM EDT

OK, back to the Manny talk. Just for a second anyway.

As you may recall, I wondered out loud Saturday if Dodgers manager Joe Torre actually believed any of his silly excuses for keeping Manny Ramirez out of the lineup for four straight games. We can probably safely say that he didn’t.

Torre confirmed to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times today that Ramirez told him Friday that he wanted to play in the American League. Mystery solved. Interestingly, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said that Ramirez didn’t express a desire to play in the American League until Sunday, but then again, what do you expect him to say?

Ramirez, 38, has already had three stints on the disabled list this season, so a chance to be a designated hitter down the stretch could do wonders as he tries to boost his value headed into free agency this winter. Seems like a no-brainer to me.

  1. beezo - Aug 30, 2010 at 10:09 PM

    I think everybody in the Dodger’s organization knew Manny was heading to Chicago. Torre didn’t even budge from the dugout when Manny was arguing and ejected. If he thought Manny was going to remain with the team, he certainly would have gone out there to prevent his best hitter from getting a suspension. I thought Manny said something much earlier in the season about wanting to play in the AL as well, could be wrong though.

  2. beezo - Aug 30, 2010 at 10:13 PM

    I have a feeling he’s going to tear it up this last month, not having to play the outfield, moving from Dodger Stadium to US Cellular… I’m setting the over/under at 9.5 home runs the rest of the season, your thoughts?

  3. Pisano - Aug 31, 2010 at 12:28 AM

    Does anyone really care what this idiot wants ? It’s all about him . I’m counting the days until he’s out of baseball . It’s a shame he’s made so much money , but if he hadn’t he could have retired from baseball and given his real calling in life a try , that being a janitor in an apartment building in the South Bronx .

  4. Dwight Evans Mustache - Aug 31, 2010 at 6:32 AM

    Yankees may be looking for a DH after this season. Hmmmmmm…

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