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Manny Ramirez, now player-coach for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs, encourages prospects to ‘follow the rules’ | cleveland.com

Manny not being Manny.

“Manny gave me as many problems as he gave anyone, probably besides (former Red Sox manager Terry Francona) in his time in Boston. He’s responsible for most of the gray hairs on my head. So it’s not something that we entered into lightly,” Epstein said.

I talked a lot to Manny, and he seemed like a completely different guy… he’s grown for the better. “But people do change. I talked a lot to Manny, and he seemed like a completely different guy… he’s grown for the better. He’s open and honest about all the mistakes he’s made in the past and he wants to fix that by being a positive influence on young players,” he said.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2014 at 08:52 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: cubs, indians, manny ramirez, red sox, terry francona, theo epstein

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   1. You're a clown, RMc! I'm tired of it! Posted: July 04, 2014 at 11:09 AM (#4743166)
He's also hit a homer with Iowa this year, giving him 636 for his career (including minors and Taiwan).
   2. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: July 04, 2014 at 01:39 PM (#4743271)
Main page cuts off headline after "encourages."

"Many Ramirez, now player-coach for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs, encourages prospects not to use hand towels."
   3. McCoy Posted: July 04, 2014 at 02:28 PM (#4743340)
The Cubs are 25-19 since May 16th. Now I'm all for thinking they won't continue to have a winning record this season it has made me curious as to how they are going to build off this for next season should they play like an around average team the rest of the season.

What I mean is that Valbuena, Hammel, and Samardzija might all be gone for next season so how do you build on that? Would it appear that the Cubs would take a step back next year as they bring up the kid? The 2015 team will probably an entirely new set of answers for the OF than the one they have now, a second baseman, a third baseman, and anywhere from 2 to 4 starting pitchers. That doesn't even consider the catching situation. Sure the Cubs have some in house options but can we expect any of them outside of Bryant to outperform the failed answers the Cubs are trotting out there right now in their first year up?
   4. Downtown Bookie Posted: July 04, 2014 at 09:35 PM (#4743704)
I wish Manny all the best at whatever he sets his hand to; but it should be pointed out that it's a lot easier to "encourage" other people to follow the rules than it is to follow them yourself.

DB
   5. Lindor Truffles Posted: July 04, 2014 at 10:55 PM (#4743734)
Hammel and Jeff Salphabet traded to the As, per ESPN.
   6. PASTE, Now with Extra Pitch and Extra Stamina Posted: July 04, 2014 at 11:02 PM (#4743737)
Addison Russell is the headliner going back to the Cubs.
   7. Walt Davis Posted: July 05, 2014 at 12:58 AM (#4743779)
how they are going to build off this for next season

I'll say roughly the same as what I said about this offseason. You can't ask for a better time to start spending money. They've got the stocked system, especially in position prospects. Whatever their draft pick for next year will be, it will be set and very likely protected.

As to who's available, I don't know. Cubs would mainly need pitching and obviously packaging a couple of prospects for Stanton would be swell.

2015 should be painful again in W-L terms but they have no excuse not to start building towards that winner nor even an excuse not to paper over some rotation/position cracks with decent short-term contracts in the dreaded drive for 75.

Per Cots --

2B: Weeks and Zobrist, both with options although a pretty good chance Weeks is set free I'd think.
C: Russell Martin
OF: Melky, Rasmus (an interesting idea), Rios
SP: Scherzer, Shields if looking longer term; standard mix of short-term options

Wow, per Rfield, Rasmus is having a horrible year at -9 which puts him at replacement level overall. He's bounced around before but never been close to this bad. Anyway, he'll only be 28, not obviously over-valued (only making $7 M this year) and his top comp is Chris Young so that's really promising. :-)
   8. McCoy Posted: July 05, 2014 at 09:39 AM (#4743838)
If the Cubs can keep on finding one or two decent starting pitchers they really only need one stud FA to make everything turn around. Granted they have to find the two other SP, have their pen stay good, and have all their positional players develop. So there is that.
   9. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: July 05, 2014 at 03:16 PM (#4744058)
Sure the Cubs have some in house options but can we expect any of them outside of Bryant to outperform the failed answers the Cubs are trotting out there right now in their first year up?


It would be pretty ####### hard for Alcantara to not do any better than Barney has done for the Cubs this year.
   10. Joe Bivens Will Take a Steaming Dump Posted: July 05, 2014 at 06:49 PM (#4744375)
I want the Red Sox to get Rios.

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