Blue Jays 2008 Season Review
Manny Ramirez To The Jays?
Total Pro Sports – If they want to take the shot, then why not? Look what Manny has done for the Doders ever since getting traded to the. After moving to the Dodgers in 53 games Manny hit an astounding .396 average, with 17 home runs and 53 RBI’s.
The best part about all this is that Manny Ramirez mentioned before that he would be interested in playing for the Toronto Blue Jays……..Go Figure!!!!!!
Is it worth $20 million plus a year, you be the judge?
Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi, still hoping to bring back pitcher A.J. Burnett, told FoxSports.com yesterday that there is another high-profile player on his radar: Manny Ramirez.
“Manny is not priority No.1. I can’t even say he’s priority No.2,” Ricciardi was quoted as saying.
“It would really be a long shot for us to bring him to Toronto. He’s on our radar, but maybe not on our radar like some people will report. I don’t see us getting involved in unbelievable, astronomical numbers. We would not go down that path,” Ricciardi added.
Ramirez, who batted .332 with 37 home runs and 121 RBIs for the Red Sox and Dodgers this year, is represented by agent Scott Boras, who is reportedly seeking a five- or six-year deal worth $25 million (U.S.) a season.
TURNAROUND TIME: The Rays have become only the third team to reach the Series immediately following 10 or more consecutive losing seasons.
The 1914 Boston Braves had 11 straight losing seasons before sweeping the Philadelphia A’s, while the 2006 Detroit Tigers had a dozen losing seasons on the go when they got to the Series and lost to the Cardinals.
The Rays topped out at 70 wins over their first 10 seasons.
A BIT OF VARIETY: The last four Series, this one included, have involved eight different teams – the Rays and Phillies, the Red Sox and Rockies, the Cardinals and Tigers and the White Sox and Astros.
RUSTY? Prior to last night, the Phillies last played on Oct.15 – a six-day rest that matches the fourth-longest pre-Series layoff in history.
The Colorado Rockies had an eight-day cooling-off period last season (only the Philadelphia A’s 11-day break in 1910 proved longer) then promptly bowed to the Red Sox in four.
The 2006 Tigers caught a six-day layoff and went out to St. Louis in five.
JAY VS. JAY: The Rays elected to go with the same 11 pitchers and 14 position players that won the ALCS, meaning a Series miss for one-time Toronto rookie of the year Eric Hinske.
Oddly, one-time Blue Jays teammate Gabe Gross probably nosed out Hinske for the final spot.