Manny Ramirez is one of the best right handed hitters of all time. When the Dodgers acquired Manny in 2008, the city of Los Angeles was very happy with their new left fielder. Manny led the Dodgers to the NLCS, only to loose to the Phillies. He had an amazing second half to the season with the Dodgers. And Dodger Stadium was known as “Mannywood”. Manny was playing great and so were the Dodgers. But in 2009 everything changed. Manny had not resigned with the Dodgers and their was little hope he would return. On March 5th, 2009 he signed a huge 45 million two-year contract. He was back and the Dodgers looked to be contenders in the 2009 season. But on May 7th, 2009 Manny Ramirez was suspended for 50 after failing a test for performance enhancing drugs. “Mannywood” was no longer and most Dodgers fans lost their love for Manny. When he came back he was not the same and will never be the same as he was before.
So Now we ask are selves is Manny worth the 18 million that he will make this season? No, he is not worth it. He is batting .280 with 4 homers and 25 runs batted in. He gets hurt every other week, and takes a day off every day game. That does not seem like a 18 million dollar player to me. It’s more like a 6 million dollar player if he is lucky. Albert Pujols is due to make 14 million in the 2010 season. Were talking the best player in the game, and is getting less money than the Dodgers are paying 38 year-old Manny Ramirez. And you wounder why the Dodgers have no money to get a great pitcher. Manny was a great player five years ago, but now he is a washed up, injury pron, over payed player. He is not worth 18 million dollars not even worth 10. He is a waste and the only thing he does is sells tickets, and make errors in the outfield.