- Monday, February 22, 2010 6:12 AM
- Written By: Colin Ward-Henninger
Major League spring training is a time for players to turn the page on last season and start fresh. It's a time for new teammates to meet and bond for the first time -- a crucial time when chemistry must be created that will last for the entire season.
Surely with those sentiments in mind, Manny Ramirez reported to Los Angeles Dodgers training camp today with promising, encouraging words:
"I know I’m not going to be here next year."
Reporters had the expected reaction and followed up with Manny (from the L.A. Times Dodgers Blog):
So you don’t think you will re-sign with Dodgers?
“I doubt it, I don’t know,” he said. “I’m happy to be here. I’m going to try to enjoy myself.”
Asked what made him think he wouldn’t be in Los Angeles in 2011, Ramirez replied, “I don’t know. I just know that I’m not going to be here.”
Did he see himself moving to the American League?
“I don’t know,” Ramirez said. “We’ll see. Let’s take it a day at a time.”
Way to come out of the gate firing, Manny! I was thinking it would take at least two, three days for our first "Manny being an idiot" story, but he's not wasting any time this year.
Nothing says "I'm motivated and ready to work hard" more than contemplating retirement on your first day of spring training.
And it's not like Manny has to win back the fans and his teammates or anything. It's not like last year he served a 50-game suspension for 'roids, lost his position among the greatest right-handed hitters of all time, and came back from the suspension with a lower batting average than Screech Powers at
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a sorority party.
Goodness gracious. The Dodgers are already coming off one of the worst off-seasons in Major League history, which includes such sterling signings as utility infielder Alfredo Amezaga and early-2000s All-Star Brian Giles. On top of that, they paid $5 million for Vicente Padilla, a notoriously bad clubhouse guy whose buddy shot him in the leg in the off-season.
Stay hot, Dodgers.
Maybe Manny is trying to learn from Tiger Woods' mistakes and "get ahead of the story." If that's the case, at least he's being proactive. Although I must say, announcing plans to leave the team on the first day of spring training might be just a bit too far ahead of the story.