Manny Ramirez is Underrated.

    Bill Simmons says so

     Manny Ramirez underrated?  Is that logical?  Manny Ramirez has been glorified for many seasons now, especially after he joined the Red Sox.  People constantly refer to Manny as being one of the greatest right handed hitters of all time.  There is no one, at least that I’ve come across, that doubts his greatness, or that he is a Hall of Famer.  Maybe I am missing the point Bill Simmons.  I know what you are saying, you seem to think that teams that don’t want to pay him $25 million are undervaluing him.  On this market, a 37 year old player should get paid $25 million a season for multiple seasons?  It doesn’t mean that Manny is underrated, it means that Manny is asking for too much, in a time when the economy is struggling, and even baseball teams seem to be feeling the effect. 

     Bill Simmons is actually an entertaining writer.  Bias?  Yes.  Ill-informed at times?  Yes.  But the way he mixes in popular culture with sports is a talent that I respect.  Simmons, ever since Manny was traded, has sided with Manny, rather than with the Red Sox.  I guess he thinks that the Red Sox treated him poorly by not letting him know whether or not they were going to pick up his option.  Simmons, if you think that, then so be it.  But there is no one out there that denies that Manny makes any team better.  But is that “better” worth $75 million over three years, or $50 million over two?  Whatever the figure is, it is very logical for a team to pass on it.  That much money tied up in one player isn’t exactly the best route, especially one that is 37 AND has a history of self-motivation, and is somewhere in the same arena as being a “defensive liability.” 

     I will always appreciate Manny Ramirez as a baseball player.  And I will continue to read Bill Simmons’ sports column because I find them entertaining–although lacking sports logic at times.  But I have to say that Bill is wrong on this subject. 

10 Comments

I agree with you Joe. As great a player as Manny is – at his age and with his antics no team is going to pay him the money he is looking for. He might find himself on the outside looking in if he doesn’t lower his asking price.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com

I just don’t think anyone thinks little of Manny as a BASEBALL PLAYER.

I some what lost my respect for Manny after “forcing” Boston to trade him. Manny is old and acts up and no one wants him because of that.

B0b, http://bostonsports.mlblogs.com/

Manny is MLB’s publicity hog of the year for 08. His time is up and he’ll settle here shortly and we’ll all be happier.

http://cobf.mlblogs.com

Dodgers fans will be thrilled if Manny goes back there. They never saw the antics. Neither did Torre and Mattingly. I still think that’s the best spot for him, but Boras must have other plans.

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

I agree as well. Manny and underrated should not even be used in the same sentence.
– V [ http://flairforthedramatic.mlblogs.com ]

Vanessa. Overrated and Manny shouldn’t be used in the same sentence either though. :)

Jane, the Dodgers do make a lot of sense. As do the Angels.

i just can’t believe that the Mets aren’t in on the Manny sweepstakes…

they can’t seriously think they can get away with tatis or murphy. they have the cash…unless perhaps congress demands that Citibank dissolve it’s 20 mill per year naming rights deal with the mets

They could choose to sign Abreu or Dunn short term, instead, for a much better price, and possibly even one year at this point. Manny would be better, but cost a lot more.

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