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December 4, 2011

Duquette on Manny Ramirez

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette laughed as soon as the name Manny Ramirez was brought up to him on Sunday night. He then glanced over his shoulder at manager Buck Showalter.

According to various reports, the slugger has applied for reinstatement but likely would have to serve a 50-game suspension for a failed drug test before he could return to the majors.

As the top executive in Boston, Duquette was the one who signed Ramirez to his massive deal when he was in his prime. So it was an obvious question to ask whether Duquette would have interest now in the 39-year-old slugger.

Duquette really wouldn’t say whether there is or isn’t interest on the Orioles’ end – it’s obviously very early in the process and there are a whole lot of questions that need to be answered. And the Orioles would prefer not to have a DH-only in 2012.

Here is Duquette’s response:

“Manny is always interesting and he’s never predictable, but I don’t know too much about the mechanics of what we would have to do or if we could do it,” Duquette said. “Manny is always a lot of fun to be around and he is very entertaining.”

By the way, according to Fox Sports, Ramirez apparently has hired agents Barry Praver and Scott Shapiro to represent him. The Orioles are plenty familiar with Praver. He represented former Oriole pitcher Sidney Ponson.

Posted by Dan Connolly at 7:40 PM | | Comments (10)


My God, havn't we learned our lesson from the Vlad experiment?

you have GOT to be kidding me...


This guy really has been in a time warp for 10 years. He's also probably considering signing Sammy Sosa. The Orioles continue their pathetic ways.

To even consider putting that dirtbag in an Orioles uniform is unthinkable.

Manny Ramirez coming to Baltimore?


Same agent as Sidney Ponson???


I think I hurt myself laughing ...


The Marlins pick up Reyes which leaves Bonafacio stranded. Sign Emilio Bonafacio now. He is a FA and can steal 50 bases a yr. He is great infielder and he is 22 yr old. If the Orioles don't consider Bonafacio, they are losers and getting Manny Ramirez willreinforce their loser , losing, lost position the Orioles are in now.

I have been an O's fan since 65, through thick and thin. Every year for the past five or six I have threatened to disown them.....but I always come back. If the O's sign Manny I will finally have the sweet relief of being able to cut them, with absolutly no regrets. GAURENTEED

Why is everyone laughing? This is the perfect fit. A fifth place old has been player for a fifth place train wreck of a team. If the O's aren't interested in the free agent market and making that obviously much needed big splash with a major signing then this is their guy. The O's are a joke and so is Manny...perfect fit. Even the Nats are talking to the big FA's. The O's, on the other hand, are just one big joke and should be kicked out of the league for lack of interest in winning anything. I really do believe that owners like Angelos should be heavily fined by the league for not even trying to compete year in and year out. Then eventually, take the team from him.

oh sure, get another washed up has been big name. Why don't we get these guys in their prime??? Don't worry Orilole fans we WILL get Prince Fielder!! In 10 years.....

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.

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