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Manny: Modern-day holdout

Posted on: February 26, 2009 1:44 pm

At this point, what we're seeing with Manny Ramirez simply is a modern-day holdout.

Remember the classic "holdout"? A guy would be unhappy with his contract so he would stay away from spring training for several days (or weeks)?

Oh, I know Manny doesn't have a contract, so he's not technically a "holdout." But at this point it's essentially the same thing.

Everyone in baseball is expecting him to sign with the Dodgers. It's reached the point where it's barely news. The only way it will be a big story at this point is if he signs with someone other than the Dodgers. The lack of interest across the board is astounding -- and, given his past behavior, deserved.

Ramirez often reported to Boston's camp a few days after he was expected. He's not overly fond of spring training, anyway, and this spring contains an extra week because of the World Baseball Classic. There is no urgency.

It's a holdout, pure and simple. He must make his point that he's not at all happy that the Dodgers and others didn't rush that four- or five-year, $100-million-plus deal toward him.

The most famous holdout in Dodgers history was a double holdout: In 1966, unhappy with their contracts, Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale stayed out of camp together for 32 days. The disagreement finally ended when on March 30 that spring, Koufax signed for $130,000 and Drysdale signed for $105,000.

Unlike Ramirez, both Koufax and Drysdale were property of the Dodgers during their contract spat. Ramirez is a free agent, but one without many landing places.

So the Dodgers continue to wait, and Manny waits. Indications are that it will be over with soon -- agent Scott Boras reportedly suggested a 2010 player option, which is a signal that Ramirez's side is getting close to serious negotiating.

Most likely, this modern-day holdout will be finished soon.

Then everyone can yawn, Manny can go back to being Manny, and the Dodgers can stop answering questions about him.




Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2009 4:27 pm

Manny: Modern-day holdout

Manny is a complete 100% moron wnd Scott Boras is an even bigger one for letting him turn down that kind of money in today's economy. Whatever team is dumb enough to sign him will NEVER win anything meaningful with him in their lineup!

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2009 9:39 pm

Manny: Modern-day holdout

The Dodger fan in my can't wait to getting Manny back on the team but he fits the stereotype jerk athlete. A lot of people are worried about having jobs (including other major leaguers) and he acts like getting a 2 year 45 million dollar contract is a slap in the face. Part of me just wants the Dodgers to tell him to take a hike and let Juan Pierre play left. He may not hit .300 with 40HR's but he'll work hard and do his best. Can we really say the same about Manny?

Since: Feb 3, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2009 8:10 pm

Manny: Modern-day holdout

Right on! I hope Manny sits out the season. spoiled piece of turd that he is



Since: Jul 5, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2009 7:37 pm

Manny: Modern-day holdout


This is just Manny's way of getting out of spring training.  He's going to sign with the Dodgers, just not until he misses as much of February and March as possible.  He's just lazy.  Great hitter, but lazy.

Since: Nov 1, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2009 2:24 pm

Manny: Modern-day holdout

I personally have no problem with the Dodgers letting Manny dangle in the wind.  Hey... we are in a recession, and this cat has alienated himself from most of the teams in MLB.  Why should the Dodgers pay him "Manny Money" when Ramirez isn't exactly loaded with other options.  I say hold strong Dodgers, until Scott Boras gets a taste of his own foul medicine, and Manny eats some crow.

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