Fair or Foul Question of the week

Here is a little curveball for all of you foulliners out there. With the Major League Baseball G.M. meetings set to start November 5th, I’m giving you the chance to play general manager.

Who would you rather have on your team, Manny Ramirez or Alex Rodriguez?

Let’s look at how they match up.

One is a home-run hitting, enigmatic, sometime clubhouse cancer. The other is Manny Ramirez.

Manny has found ways to infuriate me every season. He doesn’t hustle on balls he hits to the infield. He plays the outfield like he’s on roller skates. He needs a chinstrap to keep his batting helmet on. He milks injuries. And he always seems to cause some offseason drama when he decides he would be happier playing somewhere else. But just when I think I am at my wits’ end with Man-Ram, he turns into a modern day Ted Williams and crushes the ball just when the Red Sox need him the most. Manny has proven to be a big-game hitter.

This brings us to Alex Rodriguez. This guy has all the talent in the world and may go down as one of the greatest ball players in Major League history. He can hit the long ball, fields his position well, and has proven to be a base stealing threat. He has won one MVP award and is expected to win another one this year after leading the majors with 54 home runs. But unlike Manny, A-Rod shrinks when he’s on baseball’s biggest stage. Through season after season of putting up great statistics, A-Rod has continued to disappoint when the playoffs start. Not to mention, Alex Rodriguez is a free agent and is expected to command $30 million per season.

So who would you rather have? A guy that will make you pull your hair out all season, then perform brilliantly when it matters? Or a guy that will carry a team all year, only to stink it up in the postseason?

You Decide: Man-Ram or A-Rod

3 Responses to “Fair or Foul Question of the week”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    If it came down to it, I’d choose Mike Lowell………..In all seriousness, I’d take Manny. Not saying I completely don’t want A-Rod, but, here’s my belief on Manny: He doesn’t care what we think of him. Some players want to be liked by the fans and the other players, not Manny, he could care less. What he does care about, is himself. I also think deep down inside, he has character. When it matters, he wants to be the guy up there, he may say this or that, but come down to it, Manny will be Manny in the good way all post season (for the most part) long.

    Dylan “I can’t belive Port Charlotte beat Charlotte” Hamilton

  2. Dave Says:

    I know what you’re saying Dylan. Manny is great in the postseason. But I honestly don’t know if I can go another season, knowing that Manny is going to quit on his team at some point. On the flip side, A-Rod infuriates me as well. He is way to polished, and is infatuated with the way he is perceived in baseball. His whole makeup is fragile, which leads to him choking in the postseason. Now what if the Sox were to have both on the same team?

  3. Anonymous Says:

    now that is a topic, Manny and A-Rod on the same team. Does it self destruct like the yankees did with having too much talents, or does Francona figure it all out? I think the two would go head to head in competition with each other, resulting in nothing but good for Boston, but again, I’m a glass half full type of guy.

    -Dylan ” I wonder how USF was ever ranked 2 with the way they looked against Cinci’ today” Hamilton

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