Manny Ramirez Looking To Prove He's Still Impact Player
Written by Jim Rednour
Wednesday, 22 December 2010
After 18 seasons of being a “difference maker” for the
Red Sox and Dodgers, Manny Ramirez had a less than “Manny Being Manny” kinda
year in 2010. His trademark smile
and good-natured spirit were less often on display, while his trademark swing
that terrorized teams in both leagues over the past decade was less than awesome.
As it turns out there was a very good reason he had a
un-Manny-like year, he was playing through an undiagnosed sports hernia
injury. Anyone who as tweaked
their groin muscle knows it makes it tough to get out of bed… let alone hit one out of the park.
A deeper look at Manny’s overall performance at the plate
last year shows how a great player adjusts to challenges. While he had only nine homers, he hit a
team leading .311 for the Dodgers before heading to Chi-town… proving he is
still a very cagy hitter who, when placed in the proper position in the lineup
(such as DH), is still very capable of getting on base and driving in runs.
According to his agent Scott Boras, Manny is fully
recovered from his hernia surgery and back into his well-documented winter
workout regiment (see Manny Maxes Out The Off-Season),
so he should be ready to rock in 2011.
Which explains Boras’ claim that “multiple teams” have shown interest in
Ramirez. “Manny is ready to go now,” said Boras in late December. “He's got his full health."
So what does the future hold for Man-Ram? All he’s asking for is a chance to show
that he can still be a contributor for a winning program, and a good
teammate. Ramirez is looking
for a one-year contract from an American League team to be a designated hitter,
The Rays, who reportedly had interest in Ramirez last year, might be the best
landing spot for him. The Rangers may also take a crack at him, if they can't
re-sign Vladimir Guerrero. And
Toronto is looking for a power-hitting DH who can also play some first base. The fact remains that regardless of
where Manny lands in 2011 he is looking forward to continuing his fun-loving
style of play, while adding to his legacy as one of the most game-changing
hitters the MLB has ever seen.