New Yorkers fail to bring the Manny-hate

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New York fans — who take pride in their passion and hostility, even when it’s misguided — need to take a long look in the mirror today after being shamed in the pages of a Los Angeles newspaper:

Reporting from New York — Manny Ramirez, you’re not in San Diego anymore. Or are you?

The Dodgers’ left fielder sparked some boos Tuesday night during an
abbreviated appearance, but he mostly generated indifference from a
Citi Field crowd that displayed something resembling SoCal cool. The
heckling was especially mild among those seated behind Ramirez in left
field during the 4 1/2 innings he played before being ejected for
scattering his bat, helmet and arm guard on the field after a called
third strike.

“I’ve been in some hostile environments,” Daniel Nussen, a Santa
Monica-born Dodgers fan who now lives in Manhattan, said from his seat
in left field. “This is just like another Mets game.”

The only possible explanations for this are (a) Citi Field has priced
out your typical, obnoxious Mets fan in favor of a bunch of
mild-mannered white collar types; (b) the Mets’ recent struggles have
simply demoralized the fan base, to the point where they can’t get
their dander up over much of anything; or (c) Manny Ramirez isn’t
nearly the villain in the eyes of fans that the press desperately wants
him to be. What say you, Manny?

“I get that support everywhere I go. “The fans have been great to me, especially in L.A. . . . People really like me.”

Makes sense to me. Now, can we finally get over the phony outrage?

Yankees re-sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

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The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.

Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.

Orioles acquire Alec Asher from the Phillies

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The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.

Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.

Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.