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?

Report: Padres interested in Maikel Franco

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The Padres may have some interest in acquiring Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, according to a recent report from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. It seems unlikely that the team would deal their starting third baseman with J.P. Crawford (fractured left hand) sidelined through July; to that end, however, they signed infielder Danny Espinosa as minor league depth on Friday and have reportedly been eying the Rangers’ Adrian Beltre, among other veteran options.

Franco, 25, entered Sunday batting .255/.297/.425 with nine home runs and a .721 OPS in 229 plate appearances this season. While he has yet to live up to the .280+ average, 1.9+ fWAR he posted during his rookie campaign, he’s been a solid 20+ home run producer over the last few years and shown some stability at the hot corner. He’s also under team control for the next three years and could provide some much-needed insurance behind the Padres’ current third base option, 27-year-old Christian Villanueva.

Rosenthal notes that the Phillies could strike a deal for one of San Diego’s relievers, though no one specific has been connected to the team yet — and the club probably wouldn’t be able to finesse a one-for-one deal given the quality of the Padres’ pitchers. The Phillies’ bullpen has looked downright abysmal over the last month, placing 11th-worst in the league with a collective 5.34 ERA and 0.3 fWAR. Their failure to procure a viable reliever beyond Seranthony Dominguez, Victor Arano and Edubray Ramos lends a certain urgency to any potential deal they make over the next few weeks, though the official trade deadline is still over a month away.