Manny Ramirez, Greed or Worth?

dennis warrenContributor IMarch 1, 2009

In America today, the economy is struggling to say the least.

Hard working Americans are losing their cars, homes, and jobs. Many of them are getting laid off from jobs that they have had for 20-plus years, and are searching for a way to survive and provide for their families.

But the stars of American sports have not missed a beat.

Between June 1, 2007 and June 8, 2008, Tiger Woods made $115 million in winnings and endorsements, Michael Jordan made $45 million on endorsements alone, and Alex Rodriguez made $26 million in just salary.

Is anyone worth this much money for a sport, or a game?

I think we can agree that the answer is no.

But that's just how it is people. We are used to it now, and as the saying goes "life is not always fair."

But there is a line between unfair, and selfish greed, which brings me to my next name on the long list of over paid athletes: Manny Ramirez.

Ramirez is known as a great hitting slugger, with less than stellar outfield play, and unpredictable antics—including giving a fan a high five after catching a fly ball.

The numbers at the plate are hall of fame caliber. In his career, he has more than 2,300 hits, a career batting average of .314, an on base percentage of .411, a slugging percentage of .593, more than 1,700 RBI's, and 527 home runs.

No one can doubt his tremendous talent at the plate, and he has been well paid for it.

But now, the 36-year-old Ramirez (who turns 37 in May), is trying to cash in like he has never done before.

He is looking for a four year deal worth $100 million. If agreed to, the deal will give him $25 million a year, until the age of 41.

The L.A. Dodgers offered Manny a two-year $45 million contract, with $25 million in the first year, and $20 million in the second year (along with a player option), but "Manny being Manny" pulled another antic and turned it down.

Why you might ask?

Because it was not enough years, or money.

This is the response from a man who has made over $162 million playing a sport...a game.

This is just a selfish act from a greedy man who cares only to add to his riches, when hundreds of millions of people around him are struggling to hang on to their financial lives.