With Manny starting to pick it up in Triple-A Sacramento, his arrival in Oakland could come as soon as next week. When he does arrive, there will be varying expectations put upon him. Some will expect him to put up big numbers in the middle of the lineup, and others will expect nothing but another disappointing season like he had while in Chicago and Tampa Bay.
There are reasons to expect Manny to have success in Oakland, however. Of course, success is open to interpretation, but I think it's fair to say that Manny's tenure in Oakland would be a success simply if the offense as a whole improves with his arrival. Manny clearly isn't the same player he was in years past, but that doesn't mean he still can't have a big impact on Oakland's lineup.
Here are five reasons why Manny can exceed expectations in Oakland.