Why Not Manny Ramirez?

Wow, I almost went through an entire spring training without suggesting that the Mets consider Manny Ramirez. That was a close one!

Thanks to “argonbunnies” for the annual reminder, via this comment:

argonbunnies says:
March 27, 2013 at 11:25 pm

Since none of the OF discussions appear to be active, I’ll say this here:

If we were going to give time to a veteran RH OF who isn’t part of out future, why not Vladimir Guerrero or Manny Ramirez? If the team’s gonna do something dumb, it might as well at least be entertaining.

Arguments for or against? Sound off in the comments.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. TexasGusCC March 28, 2013 at 3:33 pm
    As a “Rusty Staub” like pinch hitter with no position? What did he hit like on the A’s two years ago?
  2. Dan B March 28, 2013 at 5:20 pm
    While the concept, Gus, is accurate, the idea of Rusty Staub, who learned French while in Montreal, owned fine restaurants, and runs many charities being compared to Manny made me throw up in my mouth a little. But still, I get your point.
  3. DaveSchneck March 28, 2013 at 5:25 pm
    Yeah, sure. He can’t play anymore, but we can use some more veteran “presence”. Think of what a great influence Manny would be Valdespin and the other kids*.

    * = sarcasm

  4. argonbunnies March 28, 2013 at 6:19 pm
    Yeah, never mind. Getting Vlad to help instill good plate discipline would be way better.

    Actually, hey, on the subject of patience, Bonds doesn’t turn 49 until late July. Should have another 100 walks in him.

    Just kidding. I don’t think Bonds wants to play. Jose Canseco, on the other hand… that guy’s always desperate for whatever love he can get.

    Can Rickey unretire and be the first inducted Hall of Famer to take the field for us?

    Man, Alderson really missed the boat on his OF options…

    • Joe Janish March 28, 2013 at 9:58 pm
      You know, I’m actively avoiding purchasing Mets tickets this year. BUT, if they put Rickey in LF and Canseco in RF for a game — THAT I’d pay to see. Not joking even a little bit; that would be intriguing entertainment.