That Theo Epstein is really smart

Posted: May 7, 2009 by datechguy in Uncategorized

I must confess I wasn’t a big fan of getting rid of Manny, a first ballot HOF and one of the best hitters in the game. Although a lot of credit goes to Curt Schilling the Sox won two more World Series rings with him than they did with Yaz, Ted, Rice and Lefty Grove combined.

But considering this news I’d say he makes a better choice than me.

David Pinto is all over this. One particular link really is funny as Jose “Whitaker Chambers” Canseco was asked about Manny and drugs last month:

Canseco laughs and offers his theory. A-Rod was exposed only when his name was leaked from a list of 104 major leaguers who in a 2003 test showed up positive for steroids. Because the test was anonymous, those names were not supposed to be made public. But in Canseco’s mind, baseball’s power brokers know who is on it: players he is sure will be seen as toxic if the truth comes out.

He says this, despite the fact that A-Rod isn’t being treated as toxic, nor are other players who were caught up in the steroid scandal but publicly apologized, including Miguel Tejada, starting shortstop for the Houston Astros, and Andy Pettitte, a starting pitcher with the New York Yankees.

Why didn’t Ramirez get a long-term deal? Canseco asks. Why were owners gun-shy about signing arguably the game’s best hitter?

Never mind that Ramirez was asking for a mega-deal at age 36. Or that he was negotiating in a sickly economy, while weighed down by the heavy baggage of a surly reputation. Canseco will have none of it. To Canseco, the drawn-out negotiation, the lack of a long-term deal, the lack of interest all raise red flags, and so he tells the Bovard crowd that Ramirez’s “name is most likely, 90%,” on the list.

Canseco admits later that he has no way of knowing. But it makes sense to him, so he threw it out there — kaboom! — swinging for the fences, still.

Late Saturday, I tracked down Ramirez to tell him what Canseco had said. The immediate response is pure Ramirez: He laughs. Sitting at his locker, he says, “I got no comment, nothing to say about that. What can I say? I don’t even know the guy.”

Now the question comes, Manny is going to lose 7.7 million because of this but without the ‘roids would he have made the millions he already has?

UPDATE: This post got a ton of hits from something called Alpha inventions. I found this post on the subject here. Unfortunately I hit the sack early yesterday so I didn’t catch the hits till this morning but there is a way to test this…

…if you are an actual human coming from Alpha Inventions you can confirm that you are real by picking any one other post, any post at all and clicking on it. If I might suggest pick on from December or January that way it would prove that Alpha inventions is the real thing…

…And of course welcome to the blog take a look around lots to see here.

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