OK, maybe Manny did quit on the Dodgers


I promise: this will be my last Manny Ramirez post of the day. But it’s a necessary one.

Yesterday I took Ken Rosenthal to task for saying that Manny Ramirez “quit on the Dodgers.” My reason: neither Rosenthal’s nor anyone else’s reports had any evidence that he did quit on them.  I thought it was your typical shoveling of dirt on Manny because he’s made himself a pretty handy dirt receptacle over the years.

But maybe Manny did quit!  Scott Miller of CBS Sports.com reports today that, according to two Dodgers sources, Manny “declined his spot in the starting lineup” on Sunday. Joe Torre won’t confirm it. Guess we have to wait for his next book.

I don’t recant my criticism of Rosenthal’s piece yesterday because, hey, if Kenny knew that Ramirez quit on the Dodgers he maybe could have, you know, reported it rather than just asserted it (and because the Albert Belle comparison is still way off in my mind). But assuming Miller is right here, Manny did quit on the team, and that such a thing needs to be acknowledged.

Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for Red Sox

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No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.

Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.

Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.