Jerry Manuel, who helped out City Harvest at Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen today, would love to have Manny Ramirez in his lineup.
“It’s rare that you get that type of talent. I mean, boom! Right in the middle of the lineup type of guy, and right-handed for us, that would be a big bonus,” Manuel told the Associated Press. “Would you like to have that? Yeah. Would you like to add something else? Yeah. But hey, we have to deal with what we have, and what we have — we feel like we have enough tools to make it into the playoffs.”
Ramirez is a .314 career hitter with 527 home runs and 1,725 RBI. He led the Dodgers to the NL championship series last season after arriving from Boston in a July 31 trade. He batted .396 with 17 homers, 53 RBI and a whopping .743 slugging percentage in 53 games with Los Angeles.
Teams might be scared off by “Manny being Manny,” but Manuel isn’t.
“I don’t have problems with the clubhouse,” said Manuel, . “If you bring in a guy like that who performs on the field, I think we can handle the rest of that stuff. It’s easy to handle when you have that type of performance. I don’t think that’s an issue.”
So do you think Omar Minaya and the front office need to make the call?