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08:22 AM ET 03.05 | The Yoenis Cespedes show on Sunday had a competing act in Manny Ramirez, but the Cuban outfielder made his thoughts on playing in the major leagues clear. "I'm ready to take the challenge," the Cuban outfielder said through interpreter Juan Navarrete during an introductory news conference. ... Since the A's agreed to terms with Cespedes on a four-year, $36 million deal three weeks ago, indications have been that he will be on the Opening Day roster -- barring major difficulties adjusting to big-league pitching. Sunday, A's general manager Billy Beane said the A's will take it day-by-day, but at one point, Beane grinned and said, "Based on the contract, the sooner the better. We're going to be open-minded."

San Francisco Chronicle

Bob Melvin, Icon Sports Bob Melvin, Icon Sports
March 5, 2012  08:38 AM ET

You'd better be ready if a significant portion of team payroll has been allotted towards you.

March 5, 2012  08:58 AM ET

"Based on the contract, the sooner the better. We're going to be open-minded."

Which is it, open minded or based on the contract. They aren't the same thing.

March 5, 2012  09:15 AM ET

Non-sequitors are the foundation blocks upon which most sports utterances are derived... from the days of Casey and Yogi through today. They were just funnier in the old days.

March 5, 2012  10:30 AM ET

That's not a picture of Bob Melvin.

March 5, 2012  12:57 PM ET

best thing to do? let this player start in the majors, after all the club neither the manager or the player have nothing to lose!!!

March 5, 2012  01:36 PM ET

Yeah,He'll step right off the banana boat successfully hitting MLB pitching / happens all the time.

March 5, 2012  04:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Yeah,He'll step right off the banana boat successfully hitting MLB pitching / happens all the time.

Hey it can happen for guys from overseas- it happened for Ichiro and Mastui. He could be like Matsui- they seem to be similar styles, though Matsui was more refined and established. Guess we'll see.

and oh yeah, don't forget Pedro Cerrano!

March 5, 2012  07:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Yeah,He'll step right off the banana boat successfully hitting MLB pitching / happens all the time.

Were you being sarcastic and accidentally made sense or are you actually aware that a lot of players have some initial success when they first come into the league? They are relative unknowns and with the book not out on them yet they tend to do well until they are able to adjust to his weaknesses. Happens with pitchers and batters alike.

March 5, 2012  08:47 PM ET

Another flash in the pan.

 
March 6, 2012  06:48 AM ET

Already the Guy is being blamed for everything, and he hasn't seen a pitch!!! Go Aaaaaaaaaaaaa's

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