The Chicago Cubs decided to give Manny Ramirez another shot. Announced yesterday via the Cubs’twitter, they officially introduced Manny Ramirez as a “player-coach” for his or her Triple-A farm team’the Iowa Cubs.’
Cubs president Theo Epstein emphasized that Ramirez, 41, “isn’t and won’t be a fit on the Cubs’major-league roster.”
This statement concerning the signing was surely built to dispel any rumors concerning the Cubs considering an eventual promotion for Ramirez with their major league roster. Whether that decision is a result of his probable limited effectiveness at this stage of his career or his performance enhancing drugged past, it had been required to make.
Epstein continued, “Manny will coach full-time and play part-time in a restricted role that does not take at-bats far from our prospects. If he shows there is still some magic in his bat, perhaps he will see his solution to the major leagues and help another team, but that is not why he’s here. We are thrilled that he wants to work with our young hitters and create a difference.”
Many may disagree with giving Manny another chance and that’s completely warranted. He was suspended in 2009 and 2011 for two separate instances of performance enhancing drugs and his second suspension was severe; a 100-game suspension, (although he only served 50 games after a settlement.)
The MLB’s integrity of the game clearly includes a black eye with the numerous mishaps of the biggest stars being exposed as cheaters. It’s ironic that in the American sport where players make the most money, it even offers probably the most cheaters.
The main reason Manny is getting this opportunity in the very first place is directly linked to Theo Epstein. Manny and Epstein spent 7 seasons together with the Boston Red Sox organization. It’s wise that the overall manager of a person using one team will give that player a “chance” on another.
But in cases like this, what is this “chance”? Epstein says he believes’everyone deserves an additional chance.’ But does this mean Manny deserves an opportunity to give back to the MLB together with his knowledge and expertise with the art of hitting or the privilege to earn millions of dollars as a professional baseball player.
Technically, Epstein mentioned both.
He stated that even though Cubs organization is giving Manny another chance to mentor in the minors, should he catch a person’s eye of some other major league team then he’s all for it. Manny doesn’t deserved to be exiled from baseball completely; it’s not as though he committed a murder.
However, he knowingly and willingly violated a policy after it had been implemented and delineated perfectly clear to him. For that alone, he shouldn’t get another chance in baseball. The MLB needs to become more strict in enforcing substance abuse policies or this matter will consistently creep to the forefront every now and again with some of the league’s biggest stars, (i.e. Ryan Braun.)
It’ll be interesting to observe this entire situation plays out. Ramirez, regardless of his cheating past, still includes a wealth of knowledge on hitting and could definitely pass that on to up-and-coming Iowa Cubs hitters like Arismendy Alcantara, Christian Villanueva, and Javier Baez.
Manny Ramirez had this statement on the specific situation:
“I’m at the stage of my life and career where I actually want to give something back to the game that I enjoy — the game that’s meant so much in my experience and done so much for me and my loved ones,” Ramirez said in the release. “I understand I’m nearing the conclusion of my playing days, but I have a lot of knowledge to pass on to another generation — both how to proceed and what never to do.”
The Cubs are 18-29 with 9.5 games out of first place and sit dead last in the NL Central Division.