Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Mannywood North of the Border?
By Ian Hunter
Some players are fortunate enough to eventually make it there, while others never see the bright lights of their dream destination.
I get the sense that Manny Ramirez grew up dreaming of playing for the Toronto Blue Jays. His favourite player is George Bell, and Manny has had an affliction with the city of Toronto for a long time. Heck, he was even apparently spotted shopping at the Eaton Centre last week.
Now while Manny Ramirez has dreamed of playing for the Blue Jays, the question is are the Blue Jays dreaming of having Manny play for them?
Shortly after the front office made it official and introduced John Farrell as the new manager, Manny being Manny chimed in and said he’d love to play for Farrell and the Blue Jays.
This is nothing new, as over the past several seasons there have been hints that ManRam wants to reside in Toronto. Before he signed his 2-year deal with Los Angeles, many of us drooled at the possibility of having Manny Ramirez in a Blue Jays uniform.
The problem is, that was 2 years ago. Now at 38 years old and in the latter stages of his career, Manny’s skills have diminished to the point where he would have to be relegated to the designated hitter position. Not only that, but with Scott Boras as his agent, you can be certain he’s going to attempt to pry as much money out of the Blue Jays pockets as possible.
Another thing is I don’t think Manny Ramirez is the kind of player that would put the Blue Jays over the top. Manny is not the final piece in the puzzle that would send Toronto to the playoffs for the first time in 17 years. Yes, he would be a great addition to this team and could provide a boost to the on base percentage that the Blue Jays desperately need. However, ManRam is just a temporary solution.
If the price is right and the contract is reasonable, then yes … I’m in favour of bringing Manny Ramirez to Toronto. If Alex Anthopoulos feels ManRam is part of "the plan", then go for it. In the past, the Blue Jays have spent their money in much worse ways.
But this shouldn’t be a vanity signing or anything. Let's not kid ourselves and say Manny Ramirez is going put more fans in the stands in Toronto. So let’s hold off on building the Mannywood North sign for the time being.