Has Manny Ramirez Done His Financial Homework?

J.C. AyvaziSenior Analyst IFebruary 6, 2009

Putting aside all the bile bubbling over from Bostonians, we know a couple of things about Manny Ramirez:

  1. He is one of the most feared hitters in baseball.
  2. He loves to talk to the media (when he feels like it).
  3. He prepares like a mad dog for his job, working out and studying his opponents.

These last few months has seen none of these items. Since we are in the offseason, the first item can not be considered a surprise. But the other two are interesting to explore.

His famous "Gas is up, and so am I" line was amusing. Since then, there's been a howling silence equal to a lonely stretch on an Antarctica plain from Manny. If there is an athlete who would be in the media saying, "Show me the money," it would be him.

Instead, he has been viciously and effectively muzzled by his agent, Lucifer Boras. One wonders if he is suffering the same fate as The Gimp in Pulp Fiction. Will Manny be permanently scarred from his stay this winter in Lucifer's basement?

Then there is the prep work. Dodger announcer Vin Scully often noted during Manny's couple of months the copious amount of work Manny would do. He was impressed with Manny's gym work at the hotel while on the road. Manny also spent plenty of time watching video on opposing pitchers, often giving advise to the young Dodgers as to how to approach their at bats.

It seems at this point Manny hasn't done the same amount of due diligence when it applies to his fiscal slugging percentage. Maybe he is unaware there are channels other than sports and music.

Dude, check out CNBC, CNN, FOX News, and MSNBC. Granted, they won't all agree on the flavor of the message, but you can parse out a general sense of what's going on with the economy, and it sure ain't shiny.

There are publications like Barrons, Forbes, and a quaint little newspaper called The Wall Street Journal. Someone in your position should be all over them. Remember, information is power, and not just to all fields.

Your agent has his agenda, and it doesn't seem to be in your best interest. Of course, what could you expect from the Prince of Lies? Lucifer convinced you to drop $40 million in options for the next two years. He thought he could get you more.

Of course, that demon wouldn't get paid unless you did drop them, and I know the pitch wasn't that he would get you less. So the Anti-Christ has both reputation and bank riding on the hope to get you more. That hope is dissolving like the Wicked Witch of the West in a hot tub.

Next time the Dodgers make an offer that would put you into the top level of pay, jump all over it like a hanging curve. Otherwise, you could end up with the fiscal equivalent to getting drilled in the ribs while the first base ump says you swung for strike three.