Tag:Manny Ramirez
Posted on: June 18, 2010 7:34 pm
Edited on: June 19, 2010 1:06 am

Mixed greeting for Ramirez in Boston

Manny Ramirez Once again on Friday, the rest of the baseball world was held hostage to the self-loathing, self-importance that can only be the world surrounding the Boston Red Sox.

We've all understood the ESPN has solid itself out to the new Evil Empire, turning Baseball Tonight into NES(P)N, but now MLB Network is joining the show.

Even though MLB Network -- which usually does a good job of showing teams other than the Red Sox and Yankees -- was televising Stephen Strasburg's third start, we got a slow music, fuzzy focus on the good times and bad times from Tom Verducci. Verducci, who is usually above such hyperbole, called the Red Sox fans' reaction a "referendum" of Ramirez's 1,083 games with the Red Sox.

And then, with two outs in Washington and a runner on third, we get a cut in to Andre Ethier's at-bat in Boston, just so we could get all of the Manny overreaction. Of course, Either grounded out, so we got another break in when the second inning started in Boston.

So what was the result? Well, about what you'd expect from a crowd of 37,000 or so -- a little bit of everything. There were cheers from people in Red Sox garb, more from those who braved Fenway in Dodger gear, some boos, an aborted "Man-ny" chant, camera phones taking crappy pictures, some guy with a smirk with a sign about steroids who isn't nearly as clever as he thinks he is. In the end, the Boston fans had an opportunity to show why they think they're the center of the baseball universe -- and unfortunately much of the baseball world once again obliged.

And in the anticlimactic moment of the night, Ramirez swung at the first pitch and lined out to center.

Oh, and Roger Clemens is at the game. Be still my heart!

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 17, 2010 6:35 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2010 8:16 pm

New York Times: Ramirez sought exemption for drug

Manny Ramirez Near the time Manny Ramirez was suspended in 2009 for violating MLB's drug program, his representatives informed baseball that they were going to file a request to use a banned banned fertility drug to boost testosterone levels, the New York Times reports .

While Ramirez and his agent, Scott Boras, never filed a request, they considered doing so again in September after Ramirez served his suspension, the Times adds -- but they never did so.

The second time was when Ramirez was struggling at the plate for the Dodgers who were in a race to win the division. The Times says that Dodgers personnel, including general manager Ned Colletti, discussed how Ramirez could be helped and whether or not he would qualify for an exemption for a tesosterone-boosting drug.

That's certainly a damning statement.

Ramirez, along with Dodgers spokesman Josh Rawitch, declined to comment on the story. The information is based on three anonymous sources in baseball.

Medical exemptions pose a problem in sports, as the leagues must balance actual need with the possibility the drugs act as a way to use performance-enhancing drugs with no backlash. Baseball is especially sensitive to the issue after Congress called MLB out in 2008 for allowing players to be granted medical exemptions and use amphetamines. Following the banning of amphetamines, the number of exemptions jumped from 26 to 103. The exemptions have not gone down since the Congress chatising, but growth is limited.

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Edinson Volquez was banned earlier in the 2010 season for using a fertility drug as well. He claims he was using the drug to try to start a family with his wife. He is currently serving the suspension despite being on the 60-day disabled list after Tommy John surgery, a loophole that will likely be closed down the road.

RELATED: Manager Joe Torre said that Manny Ramirez will not play the field in his return to Fenway Park on Friday. Ramirez played left field for the Red Sox from 2001 to July, 2007 before being traded.

UPDATE: The Dodgers deny the report to ESPNLosAngeles.com .

"The Dodgers did not look into any therapeutic use exemptions for Manny Ramirez," Dodgers' spokesman Josh Rawitch told ESPNLosAngeles.com. "We decline any further comment."

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 17, 2010 3:21 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2010 4:08 pm

Torre: Manny to DH at Fenway

Manny Ramirez There won't be any Green Monster bathroom breaks for Manny Ramirez in his return to Fenway Park on Thursday.

Ramirez will likely be the designated hitter in all three Dodgers-Red Sox games, manager Joe Torre toid reporters on Thursday.

"That's my plan going in," Torre said. "I really haven't talked to him about it. I sort of threw it out there to him last night. I think it's probably the best thing just to keep him in the lineup for three games."

Torre said that the potential treatment of fans in the stands didn't impact his decision to DH the slugger, but viewed it as an added bonus.

Looking at it strictly from a baseball decision, DHing Manny is the sensible move. No one's ever going to confuse him for a Gold Glover out in the field. While Ramirez will likely be replaced by Garrett Anderson in the field, who is no defensive whiz himself, any chance to keep Manny off the field is a good thing.

In addition, Manny is not getting any younger. Any chance Torre can get to rest Ramirez and keep his bat in the lineup, he should take. Despite Manny's pedestrian (for him) seven home runs on the year, he's still one of the Dodgers' best hitters and needs to stay fresh all season if LA hopes to make a deep playoff run.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 16, 2010 8:19 pm

Big days ahead for Boston fans

As popular as they are, in this instance the Red Sox know better than to try to compete with the Celtics.

Boston announced that it has moved its Thursday game against the Diamondbacks from 7:10 p.m. local time to 6:10 p.m., letting fans catch the game, or at least most of it, before the Celtics take on the Lakers in the seventh and deciding game of the NBA Finals. The basketball game is slated to start at 9 p.m. Boston time.

The late start is going to leave Boston sports fans groggy, either jubilant or depressed, and feeling an anti-L.A. fervor on Friday, which is bad news for Manny Ramirez. The former Red Sox star will return to Fenway Park that night for the first time since he left for the Dodgers in 2008.

The Los Angeles Times predicts a rough reception for Ramirez, with the troubles late in his Boston tenure overshadowing what he contributed to two world championships. The fact that he's going to show up with "Los Angeles" written in script across his chest, hours after the Celtics had their fate decided in a game against the rival Lakers, can't help.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters he has no idea what to expect when Ramirez takes the field.

"This will be one of the more interesting returns, probably, in the history of the game," Francona said. "It could range anywhere from them throwing a parade to a riot. You just don't know."

-- David Andriesen

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