Mannywood to return with Manny

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While writers and pundits decry the fact that Manny Ramirez isn’t being made into a total pariah as the result of his drug suspension, the fans are making their thoughts about the man very, very clear:

When Manny Ramirez returns to Dodger Stadium, so does Mannywood.

The fans have spoken, the Dodgers say. They want their “Mannywood”
T-shirts, and their special block of seats adjacent to left field.

When Ramirez was suspended May 7 for violating baseball’s drug
policy, the Dodgers withdrew the Mannywood promotion. He is scheduled
to be reinstated July 3, and the Dodgers plan to reinstate Mannywood on
July 16, in their first home game after his return.

“We decided to reopen Mannywood directly based on our fans’ interest,” Dodgers President Dennis Mannion said.

It’s important to remember that we watch baseball to be entertained.
Manny entertains people, and thank goodness most people appreciate that
that matters way more than the moral of ethics of PEDs, however
interesting a subject it may be.

Report: Pirates sign Felipe Rivero to four-year contract extension

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Pirates will sign reliever Felipe Rivero to a four-year contract extension that includes two club options. The total value of the deal is believed to be $22 million and each club option is worth $10 million.

Rivero, 26, did not come to an agreement with the Pirates to avoid arbitration in his first year of eligibility ahead of last Friday’s deadline. He requested a $2.9 million salary for the 2018 season while the Pirates countered at $2.4 million. This extension will cover all four years of Rivero’s arbitration eligibility and the two club options can cover his first two years of free agency as well.

Rivero was one of baseball’s best relievers last season, finishing with 21 saves, a 1.67 ERA, and an 88/20 K/BB ratio in 75 1/3 innings. The Pirates acquired him from the Nationals along with minor leaguer Taylor Hearn ahead of the 2016 non-waiver trade deadline in the Mark Melancon deal.

Presumably, Rivero’s extension was in the works before he knew anything about the Andrew McCutchen trade. He made a couple of tweets following this afternoon’s news. In one, he used only the “facepalm” emoji. The other was a .gif of The Office character Jim Halpert yelling, “What is going on?”