I heard a report this morning on ESPN radio that MLB is investigating whether or not Manny Ramirez and his agent, Scott Boras, colluded against the Red Sox to force a trade out of Boston. For those of you that don't know what collusion is, it is when a group of people collectively decide to make something happen by not doing another thing. For example, some people have speculated that the owners of all of the teams in the major leagues are colluding against Barry Bonds. These people think that the owners collectively wanted to get Barry Bonds out of the major leagues so they made an agreement that no one will sign him.
Now, back to Manny's situation. The reason why this was brought up is that in the final week of Manny's Boston tenure he was clocked running from home to first at just over 5 seconds. That's pretty pathetic of a time. People believe that Manny was "dogging" it so that the Red Sox would get tired of him, trade him away to a team that would allow him to become a free agent at the end of the year, rather than pick up his option.
Do I believe that Manny dogged it the last week of being a Red Sox? Absolutely. Was this the first time that he's done it? No way. Since I've been watching the Red Sox (2004) Manny has always been a guy that plays when he wants to play. If he doesn't feel like it, he won't run hard to first base to try and stop the double play. Manny would never run over the catcher to try and score the winning run.
Manny isn't the first ball player to dog it on the field, nor will he be the last.