Eric Kay has posed a challenge to the bloggers of Sportsline. Write an essay on what you would do if you were a baseball GM for a day.
I'm going to go ahead and start with a disclaimer. I don't follow baseball near close enough to have a clue where to start when it came to trying to get the Texas Rangers back to where they were in the '90s. Maybe convincing George W. Bush to buy back the team might be what I'd do. Whatever you think of his presidency, GW has to at least go down as the greatest owner in Texas Rangers' history.
I would not give Manny Ramirez a 6-year guaranteed contract.
No way in hell!
I know, Manny fan. I know. Without ManRam, the Dodgers finish the 2008 season below .500. He carried not only his teammates, not only his coaches, not only his owners, not only his fans but the entire city of Los Angeles on his back and all the way to the NLCS. No argument there. None. What he did when he was with the Dodgers is one of the most impressive baseball feats in MLB history.
But he also quit on a team that was already paying him guaranteed money. Sure, there may have been some things between Sox management and Manny that we don't know. But they were still paying him guaranteed money and at the end of his time there, he had decided that he no longer had to earn it. It's one thing to be paid guaranteed money and then go out and perform badly. Quite another to be paid guaranteed money and then refuse to go out an perform at all!
Look, I'm not a baseball purist. I don't consider the diamond to be the Holy Chapel. I don't consider homerun records to be Sacred Hallowed Ground that can't be tainted by steroids. I don't see much of a difference between pitchers doctoring a ball and hitters doctoring their bodies. I don't mind if Manny stands at home plate and admires a double....as long as he doesn't get thrown out before he gets to second base. If he wants to laugh and high-five fans, I'm all for it.
But don't you dare ever QUITon your team and continue to collect a paycheck. That is the most unforgivable sin in professional sports. And Manny did that to the Red Sox. And admits it! Guess we should at least give him credit for owning up to it?
Yes, Manny carried a team all the way to the NLCS and is capable of doing it again.
He also quit on a team. And he is capable of doing that again as well.
Anyone who gives that man 6 years guaranteed money is a fool. And you know what they say about a fool and his money....