OK, back to the Manny talk. Just for a second anyway.
As you may recall, I wondered out loud Saturday if Dodgers manager Joe Torre actually believed any of his silly excuses for keeping Manny Ramirez out of the lineup for four straight games. We can probably safely say that he didn’t.
Torre confirmed to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times today that Ramirez told him Friday that he wanted to play in the American League. Mystery solved. Interestingly, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said that Ramirez didn’t express a desire to play in the American League until Sunday, but then again, what do you expect him to say?
Ramirez, 38, has already had three stints on the disabled list this season, so a chance to be a designated hitter down the stretch could do wonders as he tries to boost his value headed into free agency this winter. Seems like a no-brainer to me.
The Yankees fell behind early to the Orioles on Sunday afternoon, a day after dropping both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader. Their game, as did every other game on Sunday with the exception of the Braves-Cardinals doubleheader, started at 3:05 or 3:10 EDT, a change Major League Baseball recently made to create fairness on the final day of the season.
Girardi is not a fan. Per the Associated Press:
It was cloudy at Camden Yards at 3:05 p.m., but late-afternoon games often make it difficult for batters to see pitches.
Girardi said, “Here’s the thing that bothers me: If it’s a sunny day you’re playing in shadows.”
He added, “If it’s the most important game of the year to get in, I don’t think that’s right.”
Understanding the idea is for every team to play at the same time, Girardi said, “Then play all night games.”
One wonders if MLB had scheduled Sunday’s slate of games for the night, if Girardi would have instead complained about batters losing fly balls in the stadium lights. Furthermore, both teams have to play in the same conditions.
Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was given an opportunity to play a new position in Sunday’s series finale against the Phillies. After the Phillies rallied to take a 6-2 lead in the seventh, the Marlins let Suzuki take the hill in the eighth. And, in news that surprises no one, he was impressive.
Though Suzuki gave up a run on two hits, he flashed a fastball that hit the mid-80’s and a breaking ball with some bite.
Suzuki, who turns 42 years old later this month, is 65 hits of 3,000 in his major league career. The Marlins are interested in bringing him back in 2016.