How do you solve a problem like Ramirez?
BY Mike Hofman
Prima donnas -- can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em.
Or can you?
The Boston Red Sox have placed star outfielder Manny Ramirez on Major League Baseball's irrevocable waivers, according to reports. That means that any team (including the Sox's archrival, the New York Yankees) can pick Ramirez up if they are willing to pay his nine-digit salary -- the second highest in the MLB. The Sox made this unusual move in spite of the fact that Manny is consistently one of the best hitters in the league. Problem is, he's a big time prima donna. And the Sox, who are in the process of hiring a new manager , would rather have a goofy, good-natured player on the roster than a superstar with a bad work ethic.
If you were Manny's boss, would you fire him? Are stars with bad attitudes truly dangerous to an organization's well-being? And how common is the problem -- is it one every boss wished he or she had? Those of you who are indeed (un-?)lucky enough to have a Manny in your life should check out "Fire Me, I Dare You!" a 1997 cover story by Peter Carbonara, which looks at how managers can try to get control over self-satisfied star performers.
Last updated: Oct 30, 2003
MIKE HOFMAN was previously editor of Inc.com and a deputy editor at Inc. magazine, which he joined in 1996. The site was nominated for a National Magazine Award for Digital Media in 2010, and was named the best business website by Folio Magazine. In 2006, Hofman was part of a team of writers nominated for a Webby Award for best business blog. He lives in New York City. @mikehofman