Manny Ramirez was acquired by the White Sox on August 30 with a fair amount of hype; it was hoped that his acquisition would help spur a Sox offense to overtake the Twins in the AL Central.â†µâ†µ
It didn't happen, of course; Manny's bat was more or less silent in his 24 games in a White Sox uniform. In 88 plate appearances he hit .261/.420/.319 with almost as many walks (14) as hits (18), one home run and only two RBI.â†µâ†µ
Now, Manny has told the Toronto Sun that he wants to join the Blue Jays because of his respect for their new manager, John Farrell; the two were together with the Red Sox in 2007 and 2008:â†µâ†µ
â€œToronto has made a great acquisition. Farrell is a manager for whom I would like to play, and Toronto is a team Iâ€™ve liked since they had all those Dominican players in the 80â€™s,â€ Ramirez said in a Spanish ESPN interview.â†µâ†µâ†µ
â†µâ€œI still have a lot of baseball left in me. I think that I can still bat if I keep myself healthy, and it is less probable to have an injury playing as the designated hitter,â€ Ramirez said.
Interesting. Manny may not have a lot left, but if he can get back even to the level he played at in 2009, he could help the Blue Jays. Too bad there wasn't anything left to help the Sox.