Manny Being Manny Could Cost Him Millions

Scott WaggenerContributor IFebruary 3, 2009

Manny Ramirez is the greatest hitter in the game today. He has been since Ken Griffey Jr. went through his injury plagued years in Cincinnati. How many of you going into the playoffs last season thought the Los Angeles Dodgers had a chance to win the National League? I know I did, and the reason was Manny Ramirez. 

The fact is, when Manny is on your team, the sky is the limit. He led the Cleveland Indians to the World Series twice. He led the cursed Boston Red Sox to a title twice. And it looked like he was single-handedly going to win one for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008. 

While last season proved he can make any team a contender, he also proved that he cannot be trusted. 

Half-way through last season, Manny decided he didn't want to play in Boston anymore, so he completely quit on his team and forced them to trade him. 

He got what he wanted. 

Little did he know that the actions everyone calls "Manny being Manny," got him what he wanted that day, but set him up for a big disappointment when his deal ran out with the Dodgers

There may be a team out there willing to give Manny a long-term deal, but he doesn't deserve it. For a club to make that kind of commitment to you,they have to trust that you will fulfill your contract just as they are obligated to.

While Manny played great last year, I don't understand why he thinks he is more valuable today than he was during his prime in Boston. 

He received $20 million in 2004, and his salary has steadily decreased every year since.

Dodgers' club chairman, Frank McCourt, is getting frustrated. The only team to make him an offer so far this offseason is about to pull out of the chase altogether. He knows that he could build his team for the future with the money Manny wants over the next three years.

Outfielders Adam Dunn and Bobby Abreu are still on the market, and pitchers Braden Looper and Randy Wolf are available as well. They could find a replacement in left and fill the hole that Derek Lowe created when he left for Atlanta.

Frank McCourt knows that to be a true contender, he needs Manny. Without him, they are a very nice ball club, but with him they are a serious pennant threat.

McCourt must ask the question: Is he willing to put all that money into an investment that could one day, without warning, completely blow up in his face?

Is Manny so good that he can act this way and still get what he wants. In the end, I believe that we will find out that he is.

And it pisses me off.