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Manny Must Root For The Red Sox

Posted by Mike on October 17, 2008

If there is one thing we have learned about Manny Ramirez over the years is that he loves money. So since Manny loves his money, he must root for the Red Sox to win the World Series. According to Sean McAdam in the Boston Herald, the Red Sox players voted to pay Manny a two-thirds share of money for the playoffs. The vote was said to be divided, but in the end Manny will get even more money from the Red Sox that he doesn’t deserve. So the farther that the Red Sox go in the playoffs, the more money that goes into Manny Ramirez’s bank account. He could receive upwards of $300,000 dollars. More from the Herald:

When Red Sox players met last month to determine who would get playoff shares and for how much, Ramirez was voted a two-thirds share, reflecting the fact that Ramirez had spent almost exactly two-thirds of the season with the Sox before he was dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 31.

Only players who had been on the roster from the start of the season until the end of the year were eligible to vote. For players who hadn’t spent the entire year with the club – such as Ramirez – the voting players first determined whether the player in question would get a payout for exact time on the roster, or a larger grant such as a three-quarters share, indicating a larger contribution to the team’s success.

According to a source with direct knowledge of the vote, the vote was divided on Ramirez.

“Some wanted him to be paid days,” the source said referring to the number of days a player spent on the club, which in this case was equal to a two-thirds share, instead of paying Ramirez a more generous share. “It was obviously a somewhat sensitive subject with some guys, but we didn’t spend too much time on it. After the vote, we moved on.”

Last year, a full share for the World Series-champion Red Sox totaled $308,235.75, based on a players’ pool of $18.9 million. The Sox awarded 47 full shares, 14 partial shares and 11 cash awards.

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