Friday, September 12, 2008
Skipping The Light Hyperbolic: John Klima On Manny Ramirez
Manny Ramirez is the worst baseball player I have ever seen.This is actually probably true, though I have no immediate way of proving it; Baseball Prospectus' Rate2 has him as a +110 left fielder, with the attendant issues of small sample size. I don't have John Dewan's plus/minus numbers from his Fielding Bible (something in me rebels against numbers that can't be found online), but I suspect a full season of Manny in left would be pretty atrocious. Ignoring his hyperbole, Klima's large point would seem to stand; the Dodgers need to keep in mind a Manny extension is likely to backfire if it goes for too long, and "too long" is exactly the sort of deal Scott Boras will ask for.
I am not kidding.
A ticket-selling novelty slogan is a great excuse for a player you do not want to settle your fate with his legs, arm, glove or mind.
In other words, this guy is a liability anytime he doesn't have the bat in his hands.
John Unitas and Joe Montana weren't much use ..... unless they were taking a snap as QB, and throwing the ball. Nolan Ryan and Sandy Koufax weren't much use ..... unless on the mound. Micahel Jordan wasn't much use ... unless he had a basketball and Tiger's not much use without a golf club.
You get my drift.... Manny is an outfielder, his chief value is his bat ... and unlike Bonds, he DOES have a couple rings.