The legacy of Manny Ramirez may be one of a goofball that was also one of the greatest hitters of all-time. But as Jon Heyman explains, Manny was a calculating individual that was also extremely selfish…
He is the only player to have failed three drugs tests. He consistently quit on teams. And while he worked hard, it was only on his terms…”Everyone always said what a hard worker Manny is. That is true, but only on his hitting,” one former coach of Ramirez’s said. “Do you think he worked on his defense? No. His baserunning? No. He didn’t work on anything but hitting.”
This seems to contradict what we heard of Manny from this off-season, when we saw a number of stories on how hard Manny was working. But according to Heyman, even those workouts raised a red flag in some circles.
This off-season, Manny moved his workout program to Toronto, and later told people that he wanted to either play for the Blue Jays or the Rays. The Rays seemed like a good match (contender, needed a DH, close to his Miami home), but why Toronto?
Heyman says “a few eyebrows were raised” and Manny’s attachment to Toronto raised “suspicion on the part of some baseball people who know Ramirez.”
Should the Rays have seen the warning signs? We don’t know. Maybe they did see the signs and still thought the gamble was worth the $2 million pricetag.