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Manny Ramirez: “a gray-dreadlocked ineffective minor leaguer”

Jun 8, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

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When is Manny Ramirez going to come to Oakland and help that offense? How about the 10th of never?  Here’s Ann Killion:

Ramirez was presented as a changed soul, a man who wanted a second chance and a veteran who could be an important mentor to young players like Yoenis Cespedes.

Instead, he’s just been a gray-dreadlocked ineffective minor leaguer. He has hit just .243 with the River Cats, without any extra base hits and 10 strikeouts in 11 games. He hasn’t played a full game in over week, sidelined by a hamstring injury.

Harsh, but it may very well be true. Baseball doesn’t care if you’re colorful or cool or famous. If you can’t do it anymore, you can’t do it anymore.  And soon it may be to the point where everyone has decided once and for all that Manny can’t do it anymore.

  1. darthicarus - Jun 8, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    If Manny had signed with the Tigers they would trot him out in LF and think that performance is adequate. Heck Ryan Raburn would kill to be hitting .243.

    • ptfu - Jun 8, 2012 at 3:48 PM

      Heh. Nice.

      That said, Manny’s hitting .243 in the minors, not the majors. That average might become rather Raburnian if Manny was in Oakland.

  2. b7p19 - Jun 8, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    I shall shed a tear in my beer tonight for Manny. I’m gonna miss that crazy bastard.

    • marshmallowsnake - Jun 8, 2012 at 2:21 PM

      Someone has to.

  3. deathmonkey41 - Jun 8, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    He might have to break out those female fertility drugs again.

  4. stampofdisapproval - Jun 8, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Here’s the problem: Ann Killion is terrible and I’ll tell ya why. She goes on local TV complaining about how the A’s made this terrible move by bringing in this washed up slugger who is injured and isn’t performing well after eleven games. In the same segment, she proclaims Tim Lincecum has returned to form and heaps praise on the struggling hurler. What she doesn’t say is that the A’s took a minimal risk with Ramirez. He signed a $500,000 deal while Lincecum is floundering and pulling in $18M. I’m not a Ramirez or Lincecum fan but anybody can do the math. Killion is clearly biased. It’s the same thing during football season. Never anything good to say about the Raiders but gushes over Alex Smith after he finally put together a pretty good year. I wouldn’t want her writing for a high school newspaper.

  5. randygnyc - Jun 8, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Good riddance.

    • Old Gator - Jun 9, 2012 at 12:11 AM

      Did I read somewhere that hormones turn your dreadlocks gray?

  6. buffalomafia - Jun 8, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    Everybody sing, nah, nah, nah Nah hey hey hey good bye!

  7. slavetothetrafficlight - Jun 8, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    I’ve never been a fan of Manny, but I wouldn’t say he’s done based on 37 at-bats this year. It’s so easy to believe the myth that Manny could just roll out of bed in the middle of winter and rope line drives all over the yard. Come on, it will take him a couple weeks to get his timing back, and then he’ll be in Oakland and he will be the best hitter they have there.

  8. theolgoaler - Jun 8, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Nobody beats Father Time… nobody, nobody, nobody…

  9. patsandsox - Jun 8, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    No Manny being Manny? What a sad end this would be

  10. jpietrefesa - Jun 8, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    This guy deserves everything he gets. KARMA

    • raysfan1 - Jun 8, 2012 at 8:36 PM

      >$206 MILLION dollars earned in his 20-years of professional baseball and two WS rings. Karma must think Manny being Manny is a very good thing. May Karma treat me equally.

  11. mybrunoblog - Jun 8, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Looks like Ramirez will join the scrap heap that Damon and Matsui will soon be on. Only difference is that most fans dislike Ramiez while the other two guys are universally respected.

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