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One writer really, really hates Manny Ramirez

Feb 21, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

Manny Ramirez AP

There were all manner of reactions to the Athletics signing Manny Ramirez yesterday, but the one that stood out to me the most was the reaction — across multiple tweets — from Scott Miller of CBS

Miller is not at all pleased with the fact that Ramirez has a job now. And he has already decided how he’s going to cover the story:

Um, OK. I guess it’d be silly to actually go to Phoenix, see how Ramirez is doing with the A’s, how he’s getting on with the players and coaching staff, what he has to say about his past transgressions and future prospects and then write about that. Much more prudent to sharpen knives and be determined to rip everyone now. Saves time, you know.

Miller went on to say that we live in a “twisted world” because Ramirez has a job now while Johnny Damon doesn’t. When it was pointed out to him that Damon likely would have a job now too if he’d accept $500K to play, Miller said that “economics are a large part of the twisted world we live in.” He went on to call the signing “reprehensible” again in a later tweet.

When it was suggested that he was being unfair in judging the story beforehand, Miller said this:

So there it is: a national sportswriter’s coverage of a minor signing by a non-contender is going to be influenced by that writer’s scorned feelings. He gave Ramirez a chance, you see, and his generosity was not rewarded. So it’s time for “sharpening the knives” and “ripping” him and the organization which signed him.

Seems reasonable to me. Oy.

  1. phukyouk - Feb 21, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    It sounds like Manny slept with his wife AND sister at the same time. i’m pretty pissed that Manny is getting special treatment in that he does not have to serve 100 games, BUT i certainly will not lose sleep over it like this guy will.

  2. The Common Man - Feb 21, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    In my interactions with Miller, he seems like a nice guy in general. But frankly, his response to the Manny signing is childish. Grow up, Scott. Baseball players are human beings, not paragons of virtue. Sorry Manny hurt your feelings, but a professional writer and journalist needs to be able to move past such things.

    • paperlions - Feb 21, 2012 at 11:35 AM

      What Miller probably doesn’t realize but should care about….is that smart baseball fans that see his over-the-top reaction will now immediately dismiss anything he has to write about anything. How can you expect accurate, well thought out coverage or opinion pieces from someone that spouts this unprofessional crap?

      I gave Scott Miller a chance, then he pulled this stunt.

      • kellyb9 - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:05 PM

        I agree… I was one of Miller’s last defenders.

      • kajepage - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:24 PM

        Liked him

      • Old Gator - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:46 PM

        Not me. Thought he was a putz from the git-go. You guys have to learn to read people better.

      • cur68 - Feb 21, 2012 at 1:34 PM

        I never heard of the guy before this. Lousy first impression.

    • Walk - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:14 PM

      Well said tcm. I was just going to drop to compliment everyone on post for getting it on the nose then as i hit the middle there were a few posts that were poorly written but i think yours sums up how i felt the best.

  3. yankeesfanlen - Feb 21, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Here’s where we’re at such a miserable part of the baseball year. Sides have been chosen, opinions tossed around and yet til 3/3 no pitchers vs. batters, As you say Craig, there’s nothing going on until there is.

  4. APBA Guy - Feb 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    All part of the Clown Show. The Great and Powerful Beane expected that there would be attention paid, and that attention would include negatives. Doesn’t matter from whom. As long as it’s public comment, more tickets will be sold as a by-product.

    • fatfirstbaseman - Feb 21, 2012 at 11:33 AM

      Totally. That chapter in Moneyball where Beane signs all these players that sportswriters hate, just so non-sportswriters would pay to see a game? My absolute favorite.

  5. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 21, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Sorry to quote directly, but this is from the News Manual: A Professional Resource for Journalists and the Media.

    Impartiality, which is not taking sides on an issue where there is a dispute. Impartiality also includes presenting all sides of an argument fairly, what we call balance.

    Even if you have strong feelings about an issue, you must not use the news to put over your own arguments; you must not try to give extra time or better coverage to people you agree with and less time or worse coverage to those you disagree with.

    For the good journalist, objectivity and impartiality are two sides of the same coin. If you can be objective and control your personal feelings on an issue, you can also be even-handed in your treatment of all sides.

    Although impartiality or bias can enter all areas of journalism, the greatest dangers lie in reporting politics, industrial disputes, religion, race and sport. Any area in which people have very strong feelings can lead to conflict and to bias in reporting the issue.

    The same general principles which govern objectivity can also help you to be impartial. Forget your personal preferences while working on a story, stand back from it and try to look at the issues through the eyes of people both for and against. That may not change your personal opinion that something is wrong, but it will help you to be fair.

    If you do believe very strongly in a particular cause, you must develop two personalities – the You-at-Home and the You-at-Work – and keep them separate. Many journalists in democratic countries support one political party or another. They may vote for a party or even be a member. But to keep a reputation as an unbiased journalist, they should not allow their party loyalty to influence their news judgment. The party supporter must be kept to the You-at-Home; the objective, impartial journalist is the You-at-Work.

    • Jack Marshall - Feb 21, 2012 at 11:46 AM

      Wait…sportswriters are journalists????

      • bigleagues - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:05 PM

        Yeah, and the last great one is about to retire . . . WAY to early.

        Bob Ryan.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:17 PM

        When was the last time Bob Ryan wrote a great article?

  6. El Bravo - Feb 21, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Can’t we just agree that Manny and Miller are both douche bags? Sometimes you just have to state the sky is blue when you look up, ya know?

  7. pisano - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Don’t think Miller owns the franchise for hating Manny, he’s just one of many who would never want to hear his name again. What he did to Boston and the rest of baseball was inexcusable.He turned the Red Sox into a circus and was allowed to do it. I hope he doesn’t makes the team and that will be the end of Manny the moron.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:18 PM

      He turned the Red Sox into a circus and was allowed to do it

      Yes, Boston was a land of unicorns and gumdrops raining from the sky and perpetually rainbows, until that evil man(ny) showed up. Come on…

    • scatterbrian - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      Wait, didn’t that moron and that circus he apparently created end an 86 year drought and win not one but two World Series?

      • pisano - Feb 21, 2012 at 6:07 PM

        Oh how stupid of me, he did it all by himself, he and most of the rest of that team were on the juice, but you’re right Manny the moron did it all by himself, forget the other twenty four players.

  8. deathmonkey41 - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Manny is an azzclown with zero integrity and a questionable work ethic. I don’t really understand why the A’s would sign a guy that walked out on his teammates rather than admit he has spent most of his career cheating, but if it blows up in their face, then they can just cut him, I guess. It is possible that he was going to try to explain away the first of his positive drug tests back in the day, but then David Ortiz stole the “Dominican Milkshake” excuse from him before he could use it.

  9. bigleagues - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    I wonder if Scott Miller also gave Craig a last chance before passing judgement?

    What’s up with the “Follow” not reading “Following”?

    • bigleagues - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:17 PM

      BTW, Craig and others, if you are not Following me on Twitter, please do so.

      I know TheCommonMan is.

      And both of us actually have things to say there that people sometimes actually take note of. And I even have some real semi-famous sports people Following me . . . Chuck Knoblauch, for example. Wait? What? Yeah I know Knobby Follows everyone . . . all right, Jim Duquette then. And there are probably others, but who’s paying attention anyway . . .

      Just FOLLOW me dang nabbit!

  10. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    You know, as hard as I try, I just can’t find it in me to give a crap. If he hits and has a good year, great. If not, oh well. I guess I’m sick of having to despise the game’s greatest hitters of the past 20 years or whatever. Take that as you will.

  11. metalhead65 - Feb 21, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    actually I think it’s great that somebody in the media is going to treat this cheater with more than kid gloves. after all the efforts to rid the game of roids you give a repeat offender another chance then reduce the penalty he has to serve because well he is manny, a name people know. what a joke! don’t do roids kids or face the punishment,ok well do it a second time and watch out! oh wait well unless you are/were a supstar them you do not have to serve the whole thing. but get caught again and boy watch out,cause we will really mean it that time.

    • pisano - Feb 22, 2012 at 12:15 AM

      metalhead65… well said, this effing scumbag cheater keeps getting chances by MLB,what a great example he and MLB are setting for the rest of the players.

  12. patsandsox - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Well sports writers are all such paragons of virtue that they can easily look down at ballplayers.

    Seriously I never heard of this dbag and would never read a thing he writes after this except maybe for laughs. He has zero credibility now.

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