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93.7 Mike FM presents Manny 50 Ways 05.13.09 at 12:58 pm ET
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Check out the Manny Photo Montage accompanying Mike FM’s 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover parody. For more, visit 937mikefm.com

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Manny Headlines Quitters’ Night at Lowell 05.12.09 at 2:40 pm ET
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In the spirit of their longstanding tradition of quirky promotions, the Lowell Spinners — the Red Sox’ Single-A New York-Penn League affiliate — have announced a night meant to “celebrate” former Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez. The team will be “honoring quitters and celebrating excuses” on July 30, one day shy of a year after the trade that sent Ramirez from the Sox to L.A. and that brought Jason Bay to Boston.

Here is the Spinners’ press release:

July 31, 2008 the Boston Red Sox made the decision to trade Manny Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers, bringing an end to the era of ‘€œManny being Manny’€ at Fenway Park. This summer, the Lowell Spinners, Class-A Affiliate of the Red Sox, will celebrate the one-year anniversary of the trade by honoring quitters and celebrating excuses July 30 on ‘€œOne Year Anniversary of the Manny Ramirez Trade.’€

Ramirez, recently suspended for 50 games for a positive test for a performance enhancing substance, was as well known for his antics as his undeniable baseball talent. From well publicized decision to take games off in protest of the way the Red Sox were handling his contract to his occasional lack of hustle, Manny represented how the game should not be played.

July 30 the Spinners will celebrate the anniversary of the trade with several activities throughout the evening. Fans will be asked to help the Spinners compose the Top Five list of quitters, liars and cheaters of All-Time, the Top 5 Manny Moments and the best excuses for their follies.

Additionally, the Spinners are in search of a hypnotist to provide assistance for fans that need a little extra help to quit smoking or other addictive habits.

‘€œMinor League Baseball features guys who play the game the right way, always giving that extra effort to make the big leagues,’€ said Spinners General Manager/Vice President Tim Bawmann. ‘€œManny quit on his team and we are going to celebrate the anniversary of his trade by looking at some of the more notable quitters from Bill Parcells and Bobby Petrino to Roberto Duran and even George Costanza.’€

Throughout the night fans will be asked to sign cardboard cutouts of Manny and Jason Bay, his replacement in left field for the Red Sox, which will be sent to the players following the game. Dreadlocks will also be available for purchase, with the proceeds benefiting Lowell Spinners charities.

Lastly, to remember all of Manny’€™s positive contributions to the Red Sox during his tenure with the team, the Spinners will look to return the favor, by offering to help Ramirez sell his Ritz Towers condominium in Boston to help offset the $7.7 million dollars Ramirez will lose during his suspension.

For more information or ticket availability, visit lowellspinners.com or contact the Box Office at 978-459-1702.

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A National crisis and another A-Rod moment 03.17.09 at 11:22 am ET
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First their TV ratings have a ZERO in front of them.

Then their general manager, not the most reputable man in the game, resigns and could be facing hard time for what amounts to skimming signing bonus money from Latin American players.

And now this. Forget who’s not watching the Washington Nationals or how long Jim Bowden could be behind bars. Thanks to our own Jessica Camerato for bringing this to our attention!

Julian Tavarez, former Red Sox reliever and Manny Ramirez’s best friend insults 600-pound women and J-Lo all in one fell swoop.

Tavarez explained why he signed with the Washington Nationals. Gotta read this to believe it.

Guess you could say some of Manny did rub off on Julian.

From the sublime to the truly ridiculous, what exactly was it that Alex Rodriguez was thinking when he allowed the pictures in this story in the upcoming edition of Details magazine to be taken? And he’s worried about a Madonna song being played.

Dude! Seriously.

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Mannywood for sale 03.05.09 at 11:33 am ET
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Former Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez has cut all ties to the Boston Red Sox and the New England area, except for one last piece of house keeping – his Boston penthouse condo.

Manny recently put his plus condominium on the market for $8.5 million this week.

Michael Doherty of City Life Real Estate, the listing broker for the 37th-floor condominium at the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton, tells the Boston Herald it’s the “most magnificent apartment” in Boston.

In addition to panoramic views of the city, the 4,500-square-foot condo has four bedrooms, six bathrooms and three valet parking spaces.

Ramirez paid $5.8 million for the condo in 2001, and put it on the market for $6.9 million in 2005.

(Source of this story is from the Associated Press)

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No Manny For New York: ‘I’ve got no glue,’ says Cashman 02.04.09 at 9:54 am ET
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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, at a charity event yesterday to promote awareness about prostate cancer, stated definitively that his team would not get involved in the Manny Ramirez sweepstakes. No news flash there–suggestions that Ramirez might land in the Bronx have seldom been heard since New York dropped $180 million on the eight-year deal to secure the services of Mark Teixeira.

But what was particularly noteworthy was the reason underlying Cashman’s declaration of keeping the Bronx a Manny-Free Zone:

“I’ve got no glue,” he told the crowd, as reported by mlb.com.

“When you look at our payroll,” Cashman added in remarks posted by the New York Times, “we’re tapped.”

So the Yankees won’t be dropping $20 million or so to sign Manny Ramirez. But what do such comments imply for 2009, beyond Ramirez?

Obviously, the current Yankees’ blueprint could change as the season evolves. The club could free several million dollars by trading from an outfield surplus (Xavier Nady, Nick Swisher, Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui, Melky Cabrera). Or the Steinbrenner family might decide that there are a few more million dollars sitting in a concession stand in the New Yankee Stadium.

But if the Yankees are indeed at their payroll threshold, then it will be interesting to see what the team is able to do if/when the inevitable injuries creep up. Can the Yankees be players in the mid-summer trade market? Too early to tell, but worth monitoring.

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Economy, Schmelonomy 11.26.08 at 12:33 pm ET
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This isn’t huge news — the Dodgers standing pat on their offer to Manny Ramirez — but it is interesting on a couple of levels. Best part: A baseball owner citing the economy when talking about a contract? 

Citing the unpredictable state of the economy, Dodgers owner Frank McCourt hinted Tuesday that the team would be reluctant to sweeten the two-year contract offer that would have instantly given Manny Ramirez the second-highest annual salary in the game.

He said that the ball was “100 percent” in the court of Ramirez and his agent, Scott Boras, who have not given much of a response to the offer that has since been pulled off the table.

“There’s nothing that’s gotten better in the economy since that time,” McCourt said. “You can interpret that how you like.”

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