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Rock Mamola

Producer/Host on WSCR 670AM The Score.

 

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Welcome to the final hours of Kenny Williams search to prove a point to Ozzie Guillen.  
 
The search for the power bat that the White Sox have desperately needed all season long at the designated hitter position could almost be over as the White Sox are the odds on favorite to land Manny Ramirez if he indeed clears waivers.  A 38 year old Manny Ramirez who is batting .313 with eight home runs and 40 runs batted in playing in only 60 games this season.  Simply put, this is not "Manny being Manny" of his Boston days and it's not Manny Ramirez of the American League Champion Cleveland Indians days.  
 
This is the Manny Ramirez who was suspended 50 games by MLB for use of a performance enhancing drug, and one who LA Times columnist Bill Plaschke called "a selfish knucklehead of a human being."  
 
Do the White Sox really need Manny-Wood to come to the south side?

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At the trade deadline I was all for Kenny Williams to go out and get a bat instead of an arm, and Williams came really close to doing that with Lance Berkman using his no trade clause to say no to the South Side hitmen.  Manny Ramirez is a different story all together because of the baggage he brings with him.  I know Ozzie Guillen has said in the past that he can manage anyone, but this is a different case.  Here is some reasons why I do not think Manny would be worth the price tag for the stretch run.
 
You cannot deny the overall career numbers of Manny Ramirez (even if he was caught using a banned substance).  A career .313 hitter with over 550 HR's to his credit, you could argue that Manny is the greatest pure hitter of the steroid era.  Manny has enjoyed success on teams that have made postseason runs as well including World Series titles with the Red Sox in 2004 and 2007.  The resume is outstanding looking at stats alone.  
 

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However looking at this season, Manny has not played a full week of games in two whole months and has only two hits since June 30th.  He has been sidelined with a calf injury that our course hampers his swing and his running ability as well.  Granted if Manny were to return to the American League he would not be running all that much, but it is a trait that Ozzie Guillen values in all his players the ability to run the bases.  Manny Ramirez also brings on the ego of a typical superstar of the game.  As Bill Plaschke writes July, 2009:
 
"In the first inning of his first appearance in a left-field corner adorned with the "Mannywood 99" banner and filled with hundreds of loving fans who paid a premium for their proximity, Ramirez acted as if none of it existed. As if his employers had not just compromised their integrity by continuing to name an entire section of seats in honor of a drug cheat.  As if his fans had not just gone against all reason to embrace him in his first home appearance after 50 games on a drug-policy suspension.  As if he didn't owe anybody anything."
 
I am not saying that major league ballplayers should acknowledge fans in the stands, but Manny Ramirez was the only baseball player where a section of seats were sold at a higher price because of the player closest to them.  Manny also wants more job security and a new contract. 

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According to FOXSPORTS.COM Ken Rosenthal, Manny Ramirez could use his full no-trade clause to reject some teams in favor of his preferred choice, or choices.  According to a Rosenthal source, Ramirez wants an one-year contract extension to waive his no-trade clause.  If this is the case, and with Manny Ramirez making a reported $20,000,000 dollars this season (per SI Jon Heyman) with agent Scott Boras right behind his client....there is no way the White Sox can afford to take that risk for the rest of this year and next.  I understand that rumors are rumors (remember Peavy wanting to have his extension guaranteed before being traded to the White Sox), but the idea of Manny taking a pay cut with Scott Boras running the show doesn't make me too excited about the possibility of Manny even being available to the White Sox.
 
Then of course the topic of Manny Ramirez suspension pops up and this is something I find interesting among White Sox fans the past couple of days.  I've noticed from the calls and texts we receive on The Mully And Hanley Morning Show that Sox fans shun former players like Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds, but would love the idea of Manny joining the White Sox.  How can it be both ways White Sox fans?  You cannot simply make an exception for a "drug-cheat" simply because your team needs his bat in the lineup to pump a jolt into the offense. 

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So if in fact the White Sox pick up Manny Ramirez off waivers, no longer can White Sox nation damn the praises of players like Manny Ramirez and other who have either been caught using steroids or been rumored to have used them.  This list includes:
 
Alex Rodriguez
Roger Clemens
Mark McGwire
Barry Bonds
Rafael Palmeiro
David Ortiz
AND ESPECIALLY Sammy Sosa

 
Do the White Sox need Manny Ramirez....no. 

Do the White Sox need to do something to address their DH situation?  Yes, and unfortunately it looks like Manny Ramirez is indeed a move of desperation for something that the White Sox have been discussing internally all season long.  If the White Sox are serious about contending in the American League and making the playoffs, Kenny Williams and Ozzie Guillen need to focus on needs rather than wants. Improving the designated hitter position with a proven entity has been a want for the White Sox front office all season long, but right NOW the need is not at the DH but in the bullpen.  
 
If Kenny Williams is as aggressive as he has been in the past, he must figure out how to get one of the strongest bullpens all season long back working again and fast.
 
Let Manny be Manny somewhere else.
 
-RoCk
 
Rock Mamola is the Associate Producer of The Mully And Hanley Morning Show and co-host of The Joe O And Rock Show on WSCR 670AM The Score.
 
You can follow The Mully And Hanley Morning Show at twitter.com/mullyhanley
 
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patrick said:

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while i am not a fan of PEDs i never get mad players who used them. cheating has been around since competitive sports have been around. i think manny will help, however, lately the issue has been out of the bullpen. the sox might be in a better position today if the 'pen hadn't blown some games over the last week.

ChitownDave said:

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They have nothing to lose, so that's why I don't mind this at all. They will give up a mid-level prospect who won't amount to anything and Manny will at least give them an above-average DH as opposed to Kotsay and Jones. To me it makes all the sense in the world. If he doesn't work out, you are at the same place you were before you got Manny -- 2nd place. If he hits well, maybe he can help the Sox catch the Twins.

Tab said:

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ROCK: I totally agree with you. In fact, I wrote as much... and this debacle should cost someone their job!

http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/daily-chicago-sports-tab/2010/08/acquiring-manny-ramirez-should-cost-someone-with-the-white-sox-their-job.html

tomuban said:

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Bill Plaschke quoted.
come on now.

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