Manny Ramirez has been nearly unstoppable since joining the Los Angeles Dodgers on Aug. 1. Tim McCarver, who will call the National League Championship Series on Fox television, is among those who have noticed.
"It's extraordinary - the dichotomy between what he was in Boston and what he is in Los Angeles," McCarver said, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. "I mean, talk about wearing out your welcome in a town, and it was a long welcome with the Red Sox. But some of the things he did were simply despicable, despicable - like not playing, refusing to play. Forgetting what knee to limp on. And now it's washed, it's gone."
Red Sox:: Curt Schilling could have been ready to pitch in the American League Championship Series, according to his surgeon. Dr. Craig Morgan said that if the team had followed his advice to operate on Schilling's shoulder last winter, the right-hander likely would have been ready for the postseason. Schilling, 41, missed the entire season after having shoulder surgery in June.
Yankees:: Plans for a closing ceremony at Yankee Stadium have been scrapped. The team had discussed organizing an event on the weekend of Nov. 8-9 that would have included remembrances of many of the non-baseball events at the 85-year-old ballpark, such as football and boxing.
Et cetera:: The Cubs exercised pitcher Rich Harden's $7 million option for next year. Chicago acquired the hard-throwing right-hander from Oakland on July 8. ... George Kissell, a former major league coach who had been with the Cardinals' organization since 1940, died Tuesday in Tampa, Fla., after a car accident. He was 88.