• Brien Taylor Vs. Manny Ramirez

    Posted by on December 21st, 2008 · Comments (5)

    Kevin Kernan has a great feature today interviewing the scout who found Manny Ramirez for the Indians. A snip:

    The first person in professional baseball to believe in Manny Ramirez was Cleveland Indians scout Joe Delucca, who first saw Ramirez as a 10th grader at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park playing in the Youth Service League.

    Nearly 20 years later, Delucca, 79, said he still believes Manny has what it takes and that he would be a tremendous addition to the Yankees lineup if the Yankees decide to go down that road with the free agent.

    “The first thing I noticed about Manny was his bat speed,” Delucca says from his Long Island home. “He had it as a 10th grader, and he still has it. As a scout, you don’t come across that kind of bat speed much in your lifetime. When you do, your heart goes pitter-patter.”

    Delucca is quick to credit his scouting mentor, Tom Giordano, with any success he has had through the years. Giordano was his boss with the Indians and went to lunch with Delucca, Ramirez and Youth Service coach Mel Zitter when the Indians were thinking of taking Manny with their first pick of the 1991 draft, No. 13 overall. Twins area scout Herb Stein wanted his club to pick Ramirez with the third pick, but his bosses opted to select first baseman David McCarty.

    Of course, as we know, the Yankees had the first overall pick in the 1991 draft and selected Brien Taylor. Since Manny was in the Yankees backyard at the time, you have to assume that they were aware of him. Makes one wonder…how different would things have been in Yankeeland, say, over the last 15 years, if Ramirez had been on the Yankees…

    Comments on Brien Taylor Vs. Manny Ramirez

    1. Raf
      December 21st, 2008 | 10:27 am

      Makes one wonder…how different would things have been in Yankeeland, say, over the last 15 years, if Ramirez had been on the Yankees…
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      Not that the past 15 years were bad or anything :)

      However, how much of the Twins’ fortunes could’ve changed had they drafted Ramirez instead of McCarty? They could’ve had what the Red Sox had all those years…

    2. December 21st, 2008 | 10:35 am

      Nah, the Twins, like the Indians, would have be forced to let Manny walk once he had free agent rights…

    3. Raf
      December 21st, 2008 | 1:55 pm

      Nah, the Twins, like the Indians, would have be forced to let Manny walk once he had free agent rights…
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      But still, they would’ve been together for 3-4 years. Manny would’ve played with Puckett as well. It also would’ve been interesting to see how Ramirez would’ve functioned under Kelly; don’t think we’d ever hear of “Manny being Manny”.

    4. Evan3457
      December 21st, 2008 | 2:56 pm

      Well, the Indians never won a title with Manny.

      The Sox didn’t either, until they added a whole bunch of big pieces, including Ortiz and Schilling, especially.

    5. MJ
      December 21st, 2008 | 7:03 pm

      Well, the Indians never won a title with Manny.
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      No, they didn’t But they got damn close and were a Jose Mesa mistake away from it in 1997.

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