MILWAUKEE _ Paul Kinzer, the agent for third baseman Aramis Ramirez, today lashed out at TV analyst Bob Brenly, who called Ramirez a “numbers gatherer” last month on a local radio show.
Ramirez is a free agent, and he won’t be back with the Cubs, but Kinzer said there was no problem between Ramirez and the Cubs. Brenly, who often criticized Ramirez during telecasts, made his radio comments on WMVP in Chicago.
“For a broadcaster to come out and say that, I think it was very low class, especially when a guy’s a free agent,” Kinzer said Monday afternoon as the GM meetings got set to kick off. “I mean, we didn’t come out and say a word about it, but that bothered Aramis, and it bothered me a lot, because if he (Brenly) has something to say to him, he should have just (come) and said it to his face when he was a Cub, not when he hits free agency and then come out like that.
“You can talk to Jim Hendry and Lou Piniella and Dusty Baker, and if this guy wasn’t a producer, and if he was as bad as what he (Brenly) said and not a clutch hitter, they don’t give Silver Sluggers out to punch-and-judy hitters. I don’t know why, if there was a personal attack or what, but if he had a personal problem with him, he should have come to Aramis or I instead of trying to destroy him in the media. Aramis isn’t that type of guy. That bothered me a lot.”
More to come later.