Orioles Links: Manny, Additions, Larish

Here's the latest from Baltimore…

  • “[Manny Ramirez] is looking for a second chance. I think it is a good story, but that’s about all I can say about it right now," said Orioles GM Dan Duquette to Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun. The O's are one of three teams in the mix for Manny, though Connolly says it's unlikely the two sides are far along in process because there's so much baggage.
  • Duquette also told Connolly that he's not necessarily done adding players to the big league roster. “We’re still talking to teams and there are a couple players we are interested in, but at this time of year people generally want to see what their (rosters) look like,” said the GM. “There are a couple unsigned players that might fit for us.”
  • The Orioles signed utility man Jeff Larish according to his Facebook page. MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports (on Twitter) that it's a minor league contract without an invite to Spring Training. Larish, 29, hit .240/.330/.449 for the Phillies' Triple-A affiliate last year before breaking his leg. He's a .224/.308/.380 career hitter in 276 big league plate appearances, though he hasn't appeared in the show since 2010.


31 Responses to Orioles Links: Manny, Additions, Larish Leave a Reply

  1. I don’t think Jeff Larish is the “big bat” signing that Baltimore was looking for this off-season…

    • Larish’s bat will likely be bigger than Manny’s.

    • OhthePossibilities 3 years ago

       I don’t think this lead off post is the “funny comment” that you were looking to make…

  2. JacksTigers 3 years ago

    I think it is a good story…

    A good story? Here’s the story. He did steroids once and got suspended for 50 games. Then he did steroids again and got suspended for 100 games. He then retired, followed by him pulling a Favre and somehow got it reduced to 50 games. Someone get Disney on the phone. That’s ‘Rudy’ material, right there.

    • mwagner26 3 years ago

      Someone finally tells it like it is.  Manny Ramirez is a little baby.

      • Rabbitov 3 years ago

        “Someone finally tells it like it is.”

        What were people saying about Manny before this?

        • vtadave 3 years ago

          lol was thinking the same thing.  Before this post everyone thought Manny was a standup guy who was framed?

      • JacksTigers 3 years ago

        Is he a Hall of Famer? In my mind, there’s no doubt about it. But is this a good story? Of course not.

        • OhthePossibilities 3 years ago

           There’s a difference between a “good” story and a “redeeming” story.  If people are following it, and they will because ultimately, he’s Manny, then yes, technically it is a good story.  “Good” in this case merely means interesting.

          • JacksTigers 3 years ago

            That is obviously not what he was saying. He said that it was a good story. Not an interesting one. There is a HUGE difference between interesting and good.

          • Spencer Miller 3 years ago

            So you think someone who took steroids should get in to the hall of fame but someone who set a record (Pete Rose) Shouldn’t get in because of gambling outside of the game. I’m sorry if Pete can’t get in anyone whose taken steroids shouldn’t even get a chance.

          • JacksTigers 3 years ago

            Where did I say that Pete Rose shouldn’t be in the HOF? I think that he should be.

        • Rabbitov 3 years ago

          Roids = no Hall of Fame

          • JacksTigers 3 years ago

            I disagree. I think that at the begining of the HOF, there should be a note that reads out all of the variables over the years including things like the height of the mound, dead ball era, banning of different pitches, steroids, etc. That would make it so that no one is accused and not put in even though they didn’t do anything. We should not punish guilty people if it affects innocent people in a negative way.

          • Rabbitov 3 years ago

            Actually a pretty interesting approach.

    • PWNdroia 3 years ago

      Don’t forget he was also in the Mitchell Report, so technically he was roiding before he was even caught the first time.

  3. Manny is a joke as far as baseball is concerned now lol

    • not if he has anything left in the tank

      • JacksTigers 3 years ago

        Which he doesn’t.

        • vtadave 3 years ago

          Maybe not, but he did have a .869 OPS in 2010, so maybe he has a little something left.

          • Phillies_Aces35 3 years ago

            He still can get on base but his power is long gone.

          • Jack 3 years ago

            He is done, past done, and his desperate attempts to keep playing, even after he keeps getting caught proves this.

  4. The info I read in a weekly paper mentioned that the Dodgers will still be paying Manny $8 million in 2012.  That just boggles the mind.  And somewhere else I read that the only reason Manny wants to be reinstated is because South America ( not sure where exactly) chose to uphold MLB’s suspension in their leagues, where he apparently was trying to play. So the plan is to un-retire.. take up some other persons roster spot for 50 games (thus serving his suspension) and then retire again from MLB just so he can play in the other league?  Does that story have any truth to it?

  5. “[Manny Ramirez] is looking for a second chance… isn’t more like a 4th chance or maybe a 5th depending on your viewpoint?

    1.) The new Red Sox ownership and management, trying to rid themselves of his massive contract, put Ramirez on irrevocable waivers, thus making him available to any team willing to assume the remainder of his contract. However, all 29 other teams passed on the opportunity to claim Ramirez.

    2.) According to the New York Times, in 2003 Ramirez tested positive for performance enhancing drugs from the “survey” drug test.

    3.) On May 7, 2009, Ramirez was suspended 50 games for violating the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program

    4.) Ramirez reportedly tested positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug in his spring training drug test.

    He failed a drug test 3 times. The Red Sox tried to throw him off the team in 2003 when he was in his prime. Now Dan “The Jerk” Duquette is considering him?
    You know Duquette, its not as if the fans were clammoring for your hire.
    Some wanted Dipoto, others wanted LaCava as for me I wanted Arbuckle and LaMar. Our “Balloon Headed” owner Angelos wound up with you, because you were the only one who wanted to work for “King” Peter. I am fed up, the Orioles are heading for their 15th straight year of losing seasons and all you do is stand around and give propaganda filled interviews!  “There are a couple unsigned players that might fit for us.” Oh Who? Cespedes aka Pie part Duex? Oswalt? Why would he want to play for the O’s? Its not as if Angelos is going to pay him. Johnny Damon? Old and Tired!
    You’re a Jerk Duquette a Grade 1 Triple A Rated Jerk!

  6. alan104 3 years ago

    I just love what he did for the Rays last year. A real class act.

  7. Orsulakfan 3 years ago

    No, actually, the anti-Manny consensus is somewhat new.  When Boston liked him, he was just “Manny being Manny.”  When they turn on him, he becomes all of a sudden a jerk, because the Red Sox are the most holy righteous team in the history of the universe.  So all of a sudden they “realize” that he was a jerk.  Convenient.

    Please no, Orioles.  Forget the morality of the thing, whatever that means, it doesn’t make any sense on a tactical level for a rebuilding club.

    • When Manny was being Manny, he was one of the most feared hitters in baseball (legitimately? who knows), but after a few years, Boston fans got sick of his feeble attempts at being a left fielder, phony injuries, stupid comments to the press, etc. When he was dealt to the Dodgers, most of Red Sox Nation breathed a sigh of relief. When he went on to hit .396 with the Dodgers, Bostonians immediately smelled a rat. 

  8. wakefield4life 3 years ago

    Pulp fiction is a good story.  ManRam is a trainwreck.  There is no player more toxic than Manny (Milton Bradley included).  Taking into account all the faults of Manny’s testing and playing ability, when you threaten violence on a box office will call because you can’t get front row seats hours before the game starts, that should be a good indication.

  9. wakefield4life 3 years ago

    Pulp fiction is a good story.  ManRam is a trainwreck.  There is no player more toxic than Manny (Milton Bradley included).  Taking into account all the faults of Manny’s testing and playing ability, when you threaten violence on a box office will call because you can’t get front row seats hours before the game starts, that should be a good indication.

  10. WillMonson 3 years ago

    Correction: Manny Ramirez is looking for a THIRD chance.

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