Manny's weekend plans?
posted at 2/21/2007 10:34 PM EST
yes, steve, I am a union guy who has followed the contract and put in nothing more, once or twice. But that was when we were without a contract, and has truly never been done when the job required I put in the extra time to do it to my best. Manny not only has a contract, but a damned good one. And he has shown up at the last minute before, and it has hurt his performance. He doesn't give a rat's a$$ about doing the job to his best. His baserunning and defense prove that repeatedly. He likes to hit, so he does it when he feels like it. He likes cars, so he screws his teammates and team owners (those guys who sign his check) when he feels like it. He acts like a spoiled brat, and he gets away with it. Nobody, including Manny, ever gets away with it once and then says "no more." Getting away with his act only gets a repeat of the act. It's Manny being Manny, and too many of the fans applaud him for it, so we see more and more of it.
It is really time for him to take his act somewhere else. I don't know what the CBA says about the maximum fine that could be imposed on Manny if he shows up late. I doubt it allows much. so any money fines that are handed out will likely have no effect whatsoever on Manny. (So what, his next pay check reads 1,599,000, instead of 1,600,000. What does he care?) Sitting him for a few games might be as big a reward for him as anything. He doesn't really seem all that into playing baseball in a Boston uniform...hitting, yes. Playing ball, no. I just don't see him being hurt by not getting into the starting lineup.
That leaves a trade as our only punishment. But, most of the members of this board are of the opinion that Manny's bat is irreplaceable. Therefore, we just cannot do such a thing. Ortiz will be nothing without Manny's protection.
Well, in two years we will have to deal with this very same problem, regardless. Except that right now we may still have a viable and doable option. If we revive the trade Manny to LA talks, and take the best youngsters LA will offer, pitching and 3b-wise. We could then spin those guys off for Helton and a good chunk of cash towards Helton's salary. We get a very productive bat for the lineup that might very well do as much for the team as Manny's. We save some money. We don't give up any of our own young pitching prospects, and we improve our team defensively. Put WMP in LF and give him his shot. Bat Ortiz 4th, with Helton in front and Drew in back (followed by WMP). Ortiz is still protected.
Obviously, I haven't thought out the entire Colorado deal (does Lowell go, does Youkilis go instead -- one of them is expendable. Does Tavarez go, etc). Anything I propose here would be nothing more than wishful anyway. But my point is that there ARE options out there that would replace Manny's production, and could end up not only improving our overall defense and baserunning abilities, but also, and most importantly, our team morale. I've just got to believe that most of the players are sick of Many being Manny. Just read today's quotes of Ortiz, BEFORE the news broke about Manny 's plans to stay away from his team to be at an AC car show.