Manny Ramirez is Underrated.
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.