I’m a Blue Jays fan?

Going with the ‘Anchorman‘ theme of the last couple posts.  “I’m Ron Burgandy?”.  “I’m telling you Burgandy will read anything you put on that teleprompter!”  Still cracks me up.

I too have a strange desire to believe and recite everything I read!  A piece of news just popped up about the Manny Ramirez contract dispute with the Dodgers.  This blog is not really mean’t to report the news (I’m pretty sure Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated beats me there), so here is a link and a small exerpt from the piece.

DANA POINT, Calif. — The Dodgers’ two year-offer to Manny Ramirez — believed to be for about $45 million — is very unlikely to lead to a quick deal between the sides, or perhaps any deal.

The sides are so far apart that the Blue Jays, Orioles and perhaps the Yankees and other teams likely have moved ahead of the Dodgers in terms of their chances to win the services of the mercurial superstar. Those outside teams aren’t eligible to make offers until Nov. 14, but the Dodgers have thus far failed to get a jump start on the others with a proposal so far below Ramirez’s asking price that Manny is likely thinking more seriously about outside options now.


It looks like ‘Panda Watch‘ is starting to heat up around here!  Manny wants the years, and the Dodgers look unwilling to give it to him.  Scott Boras, ‘the Manster’s’ agent, will get what his client wants.  You can count on that.  If Manny is not signed by November 14th, it looks
pandas copy.jpglike my prediction of him being back with the Dodgers is in trouble.

Depending on the market, I think the Jays are in a good position to make a serious play for Manny post-Nov. 14th.  The Jays desparately needed hitting last year.  This might be our window of opporitunity to get some.  

As far as the clubhouse and ‘on field’ ‘shenanigans’ that come with Manny, they didn’t seem to effect the Dodgers on their late push for the NL West last season.  The Jays have had to suffer with the likes of a disgruntled Shea Hillenbrand, Ted Lilly, and Frank Thomas in the past.  I’m sure that Cito Gaston, a great student of the baseball swing, would respect and welcome the presence of a pure vetern hitter like Manny Ramirez in the clubhouse, especially if he is hitting behind Alex Rios.  



  1. Byrne

    Panda watch is something else.
    I find it hard to advocate for Manny considering we would need to offer him four years or more to keep him around. On the other hand, we need to do something big to transform this team into a playoff threat. I’m tired of being a wildhorse candidate for the playoffs.

  2. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Jeremy …

    Well, as far as I’m concerned, if the Blue Jays, or any other team for that matter, want to sign Manny Ramirez — “Good Luck” !!! … As a Yankees fan, I do not want Manny [at any cost, or number of years] on the New York Yankees !!! … Manny is a very selfish person and player, and is not a good teammate … Just look at how Manny “stopped playing” for the Red Sox … He totally disrespected his teammates, the Red Sox management, and the Boston fans … And, the most shameful of all his “Manny being Manny” act, is the fact that Manny Ramirez has disrespected the whole “Game of Baseball” !!! … In my view, I say, let “Manny Be Manny” anyplace else — but, not with the New York Yankees !!! … By the way, great post, Jeremy … I especially like the picture of the Panda’s !!! … Take care, and enjoy the “Hot Stove League” … Jimmy [27NYY] …


  3. welikeroywelikeroy

    Jimmy, Byrne, thanks for the comments always appreciated!

    Actually the only other team I would like to see Manny go to is the Yankees, although unlike Tex, he doesn’t really fit the Yankee mold, so like you said, it might not be in the Yankees best interest. I just want to see him give it to those Red Sox in any capacity, even as a Yankee.

    I think Manny is misunderstood in a lot of ways. He is a guy that is very complex and hard to understand to begin with. I think that he genuinely loves the game, but takes the game lightly at the same time. This is very unusual compared to most ballplayers. We are not too far from the days when ballplayers/managers got away with a lot more things than they do now. Jimmy, you know that better than most, in how many times the Yankees brought back Billy Martin after all the things he did (lol, imagine Billy Martin with Manny Ramirez thats funny). Ballplayers are held to a much higher standard today, which is a good thing for baseball, but a tough thing to control as well.

    The only thing that is undeniable about Manny, is his hitting. He has been a cornerstone in the middle of the order on Boston for years. Losing him, I’d argue, has made Boston lose some of their edge, that made them so good in the past. They are still a solid club without him, but there was a certain fear about the middle of their order that set them apart, debateable, but I believe it.

    The last two years in Boston naturally evolved into Manny leaving. I think that he does better with a fresh start, as exemplified with the Dodgers last year! Byrne, that is why I believe your comment to be true, a long term deal with Manny might not be any clubs best interest.

  4. gmoneystyles

    Lol, you have to be kidding me. First, where will the money come from for a 5-6 year contract, especially with Ted Rogers on the sick bed. Where will you free up that money? Do you think an AJ type salary per year will help? Not even close!! We have Lind and we have Snider who will do us justice. I cant see how we can afford Manny and for that manner how he would fit in without losing some top high end prospects which is JP’s only sving grace. Your argument is simple and without any reason. get with it I am sorry I had to remember my sign in to MLB in order to comment on your garbage article.

  5. welikeroywelikeroy

    gmoneystyles thanks for commenting it is appreciated!

    I was just responding to Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated, in his article that identified the Jays as being in the running for Manny. As I stated at the beginning of the piece, I do have a tendancy to recite everything I read, lol. Maybe you didn’t get that. You are absolutely right about where the money is coming from? I honestly don’t know either. I wrote “depending on the market” and as you said, I know it is going to take a whole lot of dough to get Manny signing here, as the market for him is probably beyond the Blue Jays means (double the amount given to A.J. Burnett, I realize).

    Also, I don’t think that I really make an arguement throughout the article, it was just a simple statement. I argued that Manny is great player, that could help the Jays beyond belief with their inefficient offense. I just assumed that Manny would be able to DH, as did Heyman, so that would leave room for Snider, Lind.

    I will agree that the logistics of a long term deal with Manny is not a viable option for the team at this time. So I will concede that the Jays are not in a ‘great’ position to make a play for Manny, but in a position nonetheless. I’m just a fan blogger with opinions, so don’t trust me to be an insider into the Jays organization, I don’t work for them. The article wasn’t meant to make a an arguement, but rather make light funny commentary on the hype of a “Panda” being watched by many MLB clubs right now, including the Blue Jays. There has been a lot of talk around the Jays being a dark horse in the Ramirez sweepstakes.

    Once again thank you for commenting. Stay Classy San Diego, I will sign off with (Anchorman theme had to throw it in).

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