Posts Tagged ‘Manny Ramirez’

For the Mets, It’s A Team Funk

July 8, 2009

Prior to the final out in the top half of the eighth inning last night, Mets third baseman David Wright came streaking across the infield. With the bases loaded and two outs, Wright seized the opportunity to make sure and complete the catch before things got any worse. Earlier in the inning, Dodgers back-up outfielder Juan Pierre, who entered the game after Manny Ramirez was ejected in the fifth inning, had scored on a sacrifice fly to center field. Pierre’s run extended L.A.’s lead to seven zip. Some pitches later, Mets reliever Brian Stokes surrendered a walk with the bases loaded that all but assured the Mets another abysmal defeat.

Factoring in last night’s eight to nothing loss, the Mets inability to score a run has now reached twenty-two innings. Equaling disheartening is that they are currently sitting in fourth place behind the Atlanta Braves with a record that for the time being seems insurmountable at four games under five hundred. Mets manager Jerry Manuel looked somewhat discouraged after the Mets had just completed their ninth loss in their last eleven games.

“We are struggling as a whole,” Manuel said. “When you don’t hit, it makes your team look somewhat lethargic.”

The Mets skipper did however try and keep some semblance of hope by stating that if the Mets could exceed at starting pitching combined with solid defense then it would help level the playing field against the opposition. Unfortunately for the Mets these days those aspects of the game are easier said than done.

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Mets Fans Will Have to Wait Until Next Year for Ramirez

March 5, 2009

Pending an irregular heartbeat, Manny Ramirez will be part of the Los Angeles Dodgers at the start of the regular season. Ramirez agreed in principle to a two year deal worth $45 million. Not only does the contract have a no-trade clause but it also allows him to walk after one year of wearing Dodger blue. A warning to all those Mets fans who had a mini-crush on one of the best, if not, the best hitter in the game today: don’t put those poorly-made Ramirez Mets jerseys and circus-style dreadlocks into the garage just yet. If L.A. hovers around third place throughout the year and fails to make the post-season, Ramirez just might exercise the no-stay clause in his new contract and exit stage left.

Talk about pressure. Dodger manager Joe Torre thought he got all he could handle while defending his highly-controversial expose, “The Yankee Years.” But no coach would feel comfortable in knowing that one of its regulars had the power to leave his team high and dry if and when the mood strikes him.

I can’t imagine Mets manager Jerry Manuel, who preaches that to be the best at the game of baseball is to play as a team, adhering to Manny being Manny. For Jerry, it’s important to not let individual statistics get in the way of your overall performance. On the other hand, GM Omar Minaya now has more than nine months to devise a new angle in convincing Fred Wilpon, the Mets’ CEO that Ramirez would be just another one of Manuel’s “gangstas.” Assuming the Mets sell-out most of their games for the inaugural season at Citi Field, it will be even more the reason to throw everything but the kitchen sink at Ramirez. As for the fans, they would probably jump at the chance to hang outside SNY studios and reinforce their man-love for the enigmatic left-fielder.

What is Scott Boras Talking About?

January 9, 2009

“What you hear and what is reality,” Scott Boras, speaking with WFAN’s Mike Francesa on his mid-day radio show, Mike’d Up, earlier in the week, “or what are printed as offers, in fact, what we consider as offers, may be very different that what you see or hear that is written.”

When most people think of the word, free agent, the first name that comes to mind is Scott Boras. If one was to sit down and list the names of players who share in his representation, it would probably take some time. With access to so many baseball players, general managers, and chief operating officers, you may think of granting Boras a pass when he’s disputing contract information that pops up on someone’s Twitter notes. But when sports writers who work for the New York Times send out detailed reports regarding free agents, you can’t help but take it seriously.

With the current state of the economy not so good, Boras must be extra cautious in projecting the right image to help his players. But for someone on a daily basis who is involved in deals that entail millions if not, hundreds of millions of dollars, that careful planning may be irrelevant.

“The state of the game is still healthy,” Boras said.

Boras knows that in his business, it’s better to stay positive. With respect to one of several lingering free agents, Oliver Perez, who the Mets have professed interest in, the strongest selling point according to Boras is that the young left-hander last season went on to produce quality starts in 13 of his last 17 games.

“There’s a solid market for him,” Boras said, alluding to Perez.

“In free agency, teams come to you, they express interest, and they get back to you. “You then examine where does this pitcher sign, it’s the musical chairs of free agency.”

“The timing of these things is something I cannot predict,” he added.

Boras’ demeanor seems better suited for that of an insurance salesman than a guy who specializes in negotiating multi-million dollar contracts for up-scale athletes. He lets his money-hungry players generate the headlines. For example, he was asked to comment in regards to one his most popular clients, Manny Ramirez.

Prior to last year’s pennant races, Ramirez wanted out of Boston so badly that he publicly demanded a trade. He even went so far as to hold up a homemade sign while sitting in the dugout for the entire baseball world to see that read, “Trade Me.” Most commentators coughed it up as “Manny being Manny.” However, Francesa bluntly replied, “That was pretty ugly”, referring to the Manny Ramirez situation.

On Boras’ end, it instantly went silent. “I don’t know if you want to comment on that,” added Mike. Boras gained his composure and confidently began to speak of how Joe Torre, the manager of the Dodgers, boasted of Ramirez’ leadership qualities and added that he is a “player who can generate self-revenue and take a team on his back.”

Boras relayed that a top priority regarding which franchise is best for his client would come down to a team possessing a good vision of “winning currently.” This was the key breaking point in completing the blockbuster deal for the New York Yankees new first baseman, Mark Teixeira.

As reports continue to re-surface with details of on-going discussions between the New York Mets and veteran right hander Derek Lowe, who is another of Boras’ clients, we will have to trust our instincts as to what is factual and what is circumspect.