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Manny-ball, Lin-ation, and quick hits

Happy Friday, sports fans! With the close of another week, let’s take a look into the world of sports…

Mannyball?
It’s been reported that the Oakland Athletics are close to signing notorious free-agent slugger and dreadlock enthusiast Manny Ramirez to a minor-league deal. For those that may not remember, Ramirez’s latest return to baseball was marred by a positive test for performance enhancing drugs. Rather than serve his league mandated 50 game suspension, Ramirez declined his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays, opting to enter semi-retirement while he looked for a new team.

Some are surprised that A’s manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt’s real life Moneyball counterpart) would be willing to take such a gamble on an aging ball player. Ramirez still needs to serve a 50 game suspension, and likely won’t be ready to play until late May. The Athletics are also entering a ‘rebuilding’ mode, having shed some of their major league talent this offseason in return for prospects. If Oakland is looking to be competitive in the near future, it may not be the best idea to have young talent looking up to a player notorious for lazy play.

All He Does is Lin…

This wouldn’t be a valid sports publication unless we mentioned the meteoric rise of New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin. The Knicks have won seven games in a row since starting the surprise phenom, and now fans are excited to see how the team performs with the re-addition of Amare Stoudemire from bereavement leave and Carmelo Anthony from the disabled list. New York plays the hapless New Orleans Hornets tonight and host the reigning champion Dallas Mavericks on Sunday. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Lin, ‘Melo, and Stat extend their streak to 8 against the Hornets, but it will be interesting to see how they perform against a high caliber squad like the Mavericks.

Being Latino Deportes – Quick Hits

A sad day for Mets fans, as beloved catcher and hall of famer Gary Carter loses his battle with cancer.

UFC welterwieght Diego Sanchez lost his bout against Jake Ellenberger in Nebraska.

Stay tuned next week, as MLB pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training. We’ll be previewing the 2012 season as the teams report to camp…

About Ryan Almodovar

Ryan Almodovar was born in Queens, NY, but was transplanted to Lancaster, PA – the heart of Amish country, at an early age. Growing up in a small city that is completely surrounded by fields has let him develop many interests, including jazz music, songwriting, short stories, and exploring the vast farmlands – simply because there wasn’t too much else to do there. A love of writing, thinking outside the box, and his Puerto Rican culture led him to a bachelor’s degree in Economics with a minor in Spanish from the Millersville University of Pennsylvania. Currently, Ryan is a mild-mannered banker during the day, and though he may claim to fight crime at night, you are most likely to find him relaxing by playing guitar, watching baseball games, or working on a novel that never seems to get finished. You can read more of Ryan’s work at his blog, Awkward and Dangerous.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.

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