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Why the Chicago Cubs Should Call up Manny in September

July 2nd, 2014 at 6:00 AM
By Tim Duxbury

Manny Ramirez from Flickr via Wylio? 2007 Keith Allison, Flickr | CC-BY-SA | via Wylio

Manny Ramirez hit his first home run for the Iowa Cubs on Monday night and is starting to show signs of his former self but that’s not why the Chicago Cubs should promote him in September. The Cubs should bring Manny up as a September call-up because they’ll be bringing up Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Arismendy Alcantara (despite what Theo Epstein says). The Cubs brought Manny in as a player-coach so that he could mentor the team’s young hitting prospects, so wouldn’t it make sense for him to mentor them during the toughest part of their season? Being called up to the big leagues can be a huge shock to a young players system because he finally has his first taste of his childhood dream, he is playing in front of huge crowds, moving to a big city, and all while trying to make a good impression on the coach and GM. If a player is lucky enough to have a mentor in the minor leagues, when he is called up to the show is when he will need him most. Bringing Manny up with these kids is the reason why the Cubs signed him.

Plus, with the way the Cubs outfield has been playing combined with the possibility of being without Nate Schierholtz and Emilio Bonifacio due to deadline trades, they could probably use another body in the outfield. And who wouldn’t want to see Manny patrolling left field at Wrigley Field?

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Manny Ramirez from Flickr via Wylio? 2008 Keith Allison, Flickr | CC-BY-SA | via Wylio

Tags: Arismendy Alcantara, Baseball, Chicago, Chicago Cubs, Emilio Bonifacio, Iowa Cubs, Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Manny Ramirez, MLB, Nate Schierholtz, september call-up, Theo Epstein

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