Getting Manny a good move for White Sox -- but not good enough
The Chicago White Sox are a sedate, orderly team, committed to playing baseball properly. To a man their best players are polite and reserved, and many of them are unusually intense. The Sox aren't grandly talented, but they get a lot out of the talent they have.
How the ambulatory circus that is
More likely, to be in a quiet place among quiet people -- the obvious exception, manager
If the Sox had been able to get him a month ago, before they lost four of six to the Minnesota Twins, or even before this weekend, when they lost two of three to the New York Yankees, he might have made a difference. As of now, though, they're 4½ games back in the American League Central. They have at most a one in six shot of winning the division, and Ramirez doesn't do much to change that. The gap is too large, and time is too short.
Ramirez will be playing at designated hitter, a spot lately taken by Quentin,
Still, one win is not 4½, and the team has its other problems.
If the math doesn't quite work, though, the significant point is this: While the Sox's odds are low, they aren't impossible, and going into a month where they'll play the Twins three times and the Boston Red Sox seven, what they needed more than anything was a hitter better than Omar Vizquel. They not only got one, they got a man who, for all the talk of his decline, ranks 13th in the majors in adjusted on-base plus slugging among hitters with as many at-bats as he has.
Coming as soon as it does after the leak of financial documents proving that it really can be more profitable to play to lose than to try to win, it's something to see a team take winning seriously enough to lay a reported $4.5 million worth of chips on that one shot in six.
Chicago is, as the great