Shanoff's Wake-Up Call: Manny Heads West

Today's Calls: Manny Ramirez vs. Jason Bay, Ron Gardenhire vs. Ozzie Guillen, Brandon Webb vs. Anibal Sanchez, Brett Favre vs. Jeff Garcia, Georgia vs. USC-Ohio State winner, Ron-Ron vs. Yao and More. ↵

↵The Opening Pitch: Manny in L.A.? It's like a terrible sitcom spin-off, "Joey" to the Red Sox's "Friends." ↵

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↵But it certainly shakes things up: While other top NL contenders like the Cubs and Brewers went for topline pitchers, the Dodgers acquired one of the best hitters of this generation. ↵

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↵Best of all, Manny's flakiness — never fully appreciated in Boston — will flourish in the hothouse of flakes that is Los Angeles. ↵

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↵Meanwhile, the Red Sox get Jason Bay: And, at least on paper, there isn't much of a drop-off on offense from Ramirez to Bay. ↵

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↵I know the SABR-metrics indicate it's mostly a wash, but I suspect Red Sox Nation will regret the exile of their biggest bat. (Watch for all-star rationalization from RSN as they dutifully follow their media overlords and attempt to spin the move as a great one.) ↵

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↵With Manny heading West, not South, the trade deadline provided a final twist worthy of the super-duper-star name that made it so intriguing. ↵

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↵As for the Pirates, most experts are very bullish on the productive gains for the roster -- all contributors, if not contenders. ↵

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↵Rays stand pat: Should Tampa Bay have given up on a couple top prospects to land Jason Bay for a "win-now" push? ↵

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↵While it would be too bad to see this season's Cinderella effort not yield a trip to the playoffs, they got here by protecting their young. ↵

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↵White Sox trade for Ken Griffey: With the resounding reaction being, "And just where are they thinking he'll play?" ↵(Meanwhile, Ron Gardenhire should be suspended for inciting Twins fans to revolt against the umps during the Twins' 10-6 win Thursday vs. the W-Sox. The flailingly outraged manager routine is funny, but entirely unprofessional.) ↵Cubs sweep Brewers: Like the Angels sweeping the Red Sox at Fenway in late July, this was the "statement series" of the season in its league. ↵Meanwhile, the Angels keep steamrolling their would-be competitors from the AL East, clobbering the Yankees at the Stadium. ↵

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↵More: Sabathia? Harden? Bah: Brandon Webb tops MLB with his 15th W. ... Is Anibal Sanchez the equivalent of a trade-deadline acquisition for the Marlins? ... Not just trading, the Nats simply released players, including Paul Lo Duca. ... Got to love the knuckleball. ↵

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↵Favre Watch: Six latest twists ... ↵

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↵* What about this intellectually insulting Packers offer that Favre stay retired for a $20-million payoff? Would Favre actually accept it? ↵

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↵* Is Favre ready to go to New York? He may not have a choice; today, the Jets seem to be the only team hot for him. Deal imminent? ↵

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↵* Wait, wait: Does Jeff Garcia's mild calf injury open the door for the Bucs to be a late-breaking suitor? ↵

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↵* Still no word from Roger Goodell on reinstatement. It's almost like he is pulling a Brett Favre ... on Brett Favre. How meta of him. ↵

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↵* Amusingly, the Packers are now getting advice from a former White House spin specialist. The Pack’s new strategy is insisting Favre has WMDs. ↵

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↵* Perhaps Ari Fleischer can remind the Packers that trading Favre to the Vikings or Bears WOULD BE UTTERLY INSANE. ↵

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↵Pro Football HOF 2008: With apologies to Dean, Green, Tippett, Zimmerman and especially Thomas (voted in by the Vets), this has been a long time coming for Art Monk. I grew up on the Fun Bunch; steady, quiet performance should matter. ↵

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↵CFB Coaches rank Georgia No. 1. Don't be fooled: Preseason polls matter; just ask any "surprise" team that has to wade from the back of the rankings pack into "at-large" BCS contention. ↵

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↵Worth noting: While UGA had 22 1st-place votes, No. 2 USC and No. 3 Ohio State had 28 between them, indicating that the winner of their September 13 showdown will leapfrog into the No. 1 spot -- and pole position for one of two BCS spots, no matter what Georgia does. ↵

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↵NBA: With Manny off the radar, it's all about Ron-Ron being Ron-Ron. And Artest's "I'm still ghetto" reply to Yao's modest criticism of Artest's past behavior puts Ron back in the spotlight. ↵

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↵USA Oops thumps Turkey: Let's not read too much into it. They have set up these exhibitions to build confidence, not challenge themselves. Again: I'll believe the gold when I see it. ↵

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↵Wie Watch: First-round 73 playing with the guys at Reno. She likely won't make the cut; she should keep at this "men's" game. ↵

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↵The Last Word: Possible hoops recruiting violation at Memphis? I'm shocked, just shocked. ↵

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↵Dan Shanoff writes The Wake-Up Call every weekday morning for SportingNews.com and blogs daily at DanShanoff.com. Got any comments, questions or feedback? Email Dan at shanofftsn-[at]-gmail-[dot]-com. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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