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The Hollywood Billiard's Club is ManRam Crazy. LAist/Jimmy Bramlett

So by now everyone knows the big Dodger news today.

Dodger Stadium will be hosting the semi-finals and finals of the World Baseball Classic in 2009!!!

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Oh, and the Manny Ramirez thing.

The Dodgers were part of a three-way trade with the Boston Red Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates to acquire Manny Ramirez. In exchange, the Dodgers will send third baseman Andy LaRoche and former first-round draft pick pitcher Bryan Morris to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates will send leftfielder Jason Bay to Boston in exchange for two prospects. The Red Sox will pay the remainder of Ramirez’s salary for the season.

The 12-time All Star and nine-time Silver Slugger is hitting .299 with and OPS of .927 and an OPS+ of 193. Ramirez's fielding is creative at best, but he does occasionally come up with some good plays.

But his bat is what the Dodgers have needed ever since Adrian Beltre took his fluke 48 home runs in 2004 to Seattle. The Dodgers have had absolutely no power anywhere in their lineup with only Jeff Kent in 2005 hitting more than 20 homers in a season. And this season no batter is projected to hit 20 homers.

As for Manny being Manny, remember this is a contract year for him so he is playing to impress. All of the garbage he's pulled this season was borne out of frustration with his treatment by the Red Sox. Year after year his name is always in the mix for players being dangled, and it just got to him this season. Now that he will be with the Dodgers who so desperately need him, don't expect any more shenanigans to disrupt the ballclub.

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The cost of this trade is up for debate. The Red Sox is picking up the tab for Ramirez's salary, and for better or for worse neither Andy LaRoche nor Bryan Morris were in the Dodgers' future plans. It really does hurt to lose LaRoche, and if he was used properly he probably would have made an impact with the team.

In the end, the Dodgers got what they needed and will look to do damage in the postseason. And Ned Colletti's seat has just cooled down a couple of degrees.