The Manny Ramirez experiment in Los Angeles has been a failure. When Manny became a cancer in the Red Sox clubhouse and completely forced his way out of town, it looked like the Dodgers were grabbing a legitimate slugger that could anchor the middle of their lineup and help propel them to the next level. Had he not been busted for steroid use, that could very well have happened.
When I say Manny’s career ended when he was dealt to the Dodgers, I’m not implying the tank was empty. He’s certainly had his fair share of exciting moments while playing in L.A. The phrase “Mannywood” became an instant hit and a sign was plastered in his honor on the left field wall at Dodger Stadium. As a result of the circumstances that have surrounded Ramirez with suspension and injury, the “Mannywood” sign is now being removed. Factor in the struggles the Dodgers have faced as a team this season, and it appears the removal of the sign signals the end of a short era that turned out to be a disappointment in the end.