Manny Ramirez found Jesus – but did Jesus help Manny find his swing?

5 Mar

There is a part of me that is happy to see Manny Ramirez back in baseball. He’s a cheat for sure, and as much as I hate that, he’s also entertaining as all get out to watch. Manny had one of the sweetest swings I’ve ever seen. Manny can flat out rake. Not enough to even consider drafting him in my fantasy league, but enough that he can provide some value for a team – particularly one like the A’s that needs anything to draw people. Let’s not kid ourselves – the deal is as much PR as wished for production. After a year away from the game though, what can we expect?

Supposedly, Manny is much calmer and quieter. he has formed a strengthened relationship with Jesus. Good for him! If that provides him peace and makes him a better person that is awesome. As Pedro Cerrano once said though, “I like Jesus very much but he no help me hit the curve ball.” I’m hoping Manny won’t need prayer to catch up to the nasty breaking stuff, but lets be honest – his production was sliding with age. He’s missed as many games as he’s played with suspensions, retirement and injuries. His power is not what it used to be. He wasn’t peppering the gaps with line drives. he was more or less a serviceable hitter.

Manny can’t play the outfield too much. He isn’t running well. His arm is said to be a bit off from where it was. He’s been calm though and maybe he’ll be a good mentor. One can only hope so. More than likely, he’ll sell some tickets. Will he be an impact player? Probably not, but he’ll be fun to watch hopefully.

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