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Portrait of Manny Ramirez

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
24 9774 .312 .411 .585 .326 76.3
Birth Date5-30-1972
Height6' 0"
Weight225 lbs
Age46 years, 1 months, 21 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1993 CLE 21 22 55 53 5 9 1 0 2 16 2 8 0 0 0 5 0 0 .170 .200 .302 .160 -6.0 -0.1 -0.6
1994 CLE 22 91 336 290 51 78 22 0 17 151 42 72 0 4 0 60 4 2 .269 .357 .521 .289 17.4 0.4 1.7
1995 CLE 23 137 571 484 85 149 26 1 31 270 75 112 5 5 2 107 6 6 .308 .402 .558 .320 48.3 -6.9 4.0
1996 CLE 24 152 647 550 94 170 45 3 33 320 85 104 3 9 0 112 8 5 .309 .399 .582 .319 48.0 7.6 5.3
1997 CLE 25 150 651 561 99 184 40 0 26 302 79 115 7 4 0 88 2 3 .328 .415 .538 .324 54.4 -5.5 4.8
1998 CLE 26 150 663 571 108 168 35 2 45 342 76 121 6 10 0 145 5 3 .294 .377 .599 .316 49.0 7.4 5.5
1999 CLE 27 147 640 522 131 174 34 3 44 346 96 131 13 9 0 165 2 4 .333 .442 .663 .341 74.4 5.5 7.5
2000 CLE 28 118 532 439 92 154 34 2 38 306 86 117 3 4 0 122 1 1 .351 .457 .697 .358 66.9 -16.7 4.7
2001 BOS 29 142 620 529 93 162 33 2 41 322 81 147 8 2 0 125 0 1 .306 .405 .609 .331 53.9 0.2 5.3
2002 BOS 30 120 518 436 84 152 31 0 33 282 73 85 8 1 0 107 0 0 .349 .450 .647 .361 58.2 -2.0 5.7
2003 BOS 31 154 679 569 117 185 36 1 37 334 97 94 8 5 0 104 3 1 .325 .427 .587 .325 59.9 -0.6 5.9
2004 BOS 32 152 663 568 108 175 44 0 43 348 82 124 6 7 0 130 2 4 .308 .397 .613 .312 47.9 -14.2 3.3
2005 BOS 33 152 650 554 112 162 30 1 45 329 80 119 10 6 0 144 1 0 .292 .388 .594 .322 55.0 -12.1 4.3
2006 BOS 34 130 558 449 79 144 27 1 35 278 100 102 1 8 0 102 0 1 .321 .439 .619 .338 57.4 -14.2 4.2
2007 BOS 35 133 569 483 84 143 33 1 20 238 71 92 7 8 0 88 0 0 .296 .388 .493 .294 33.2 -12.7 2.0
2008 BOS 36 100 425 365 66 109 22 1 20 193 52 86 8 0 0 68 1 0 .299 .398 .529 .305 25.3 4.2 3.0
2008 LAN 36 53 229 187 36 74 14 0 17 139 35 38 3 4 0 53 2 0 .396 .489 .743 .425 43.6 -0.3 4.3
2009 LAN 37 104 431 352 62 102 24 2 19 187 71 81 7 1 0 63 0 1 .290 .418 .531 .336 41.0 -7.7 3.4
2010 CHA 38 24 88 69 6 18 1 0 1 22 14 23 5 0 0 2 0 0 .261 .420 .319 .259 0.5 0.0 0.0
2010 LAN 38 66 232 196 32 61 15 0 8 100 32 38 1 3 0 40 1 1 .311 .405 .510 .337 20.6 -0.0 2.2
2011 TBA 39 5 17 17 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 .059 .059 .059 .081 -2.7 0.0 -0.3
Career230297748244154425745472055548261329181310990218313833.312.411.585.326846.3-67.976.3

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1991 BNC Rk 59 258 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .329 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 KIN A+ 81 344 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .332 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 CLE MLB 22 55 .160 .266 .331 .408 .261 .163 101 -5.9 1.6 -1 -0.1 -0.7 -6.0 -0.6 -6.0 -0.6
1993 CAN AA 89 396 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .386 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 CHR AAA 40 177 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 CLE MLB 91 336 .289 .276 .347 .445 .270 .298 101 10.9 10.2 -3.9 0.4 0.2 17.4 1.7 17.4 1.7
1995 CLE MLB 137 571 .320 .271 .344 .428 .267 .341 98 38 17.1 -6.5 -6.9 -0.3 48.3 4.0 48.3 4.0
1996 CLE MLB 152 647 .319 .278 .348 .447 .270 .325 100 43.8 20.0 -7.5 7.6 -8.3 48.0 5.3 48.0 5.3
1997 CLE MLB 150 651 .324 .277 .344 .437 .270 .373 96 45.8 17.9 -7.3 -5.5 -2.1 54.4 4.8 54.4 4.8
1998 CLE MLB 150 663 .316 .269 .334 .428 .264 .296 102 40.7 18.1 -7.4 7.4 -2.4 49.0 5.5 49.0 5.5
1999 CLE MLB 147 640 .341 .272 .342 .433 .262 .365 104 61 17.9 -7.4 5.5 3.0 74.4 7.5 74.4 7.5
2000 CLE MLB 118 532 .358 .277 .347 .445 .265 .403 97 61.7 15.1 -7.1 -16.7 -2.8 66.9 4.7 66.9 4.7
2000 AKR AA 0 4 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 BUF AAA 0 17 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .286 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 BOS MLB 142 620 .331 .268 .330 .428 .262 .353 96 48.2 17.0 -8.9 0.2 -2.4 53.9 5.3 53.9 5.3
2002 BOS MLB 120 518 .361 .271 .338 .435 .269 .373 98 56 13.9 -6.2 -2.0 -5.4 58.2 5.7 58.2 5.7
2002 PAW AAA 11 39 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .100 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 BOS MLB 154 679 .325 .269 .333 .431 .265 .334 105 47.9 18.5 -6.2 -0.6 -0.4 59.9 5.9 59.9 5.9
2004 BOS MLB 152 663 .312 .269 .336 .432 .260 .324 111 38.4 19.7 -5.6 -14.2 -4.6 47.9 3.3 47.9 3.3
2005 BOS MLB 152 650 .322 .263 .328 .420 .261 .295 106 42.7 18.7 -4.5 -12.1 -1.9 55.0 4.3 55.0 4.3
2006 BOS MLB 130 558 .338 .274 .336 .432 .257 .341 106 48.9 16.8 -4.2 -14.2 -4.0 57.4 4.2 57.4 4.2
2007 BOS MLB 133 569 .294 .272 .337 .426 .265 .325 102 21.7 16.9 -4.6 -12.7 -0.8 33.2 2.0 33.2 2.0
2008 BOS MLB 100 425 .305 .265 .330 .419 .260 .344 107 20.5 12.3 -4.5 4.2 -3.0 25.3 3.0 25.3 3.0
2008 LAN MLB 53 229 .425 .272 .338 .436 .271 .419 93 40.5 6.6 -1.6 -0.3 -2.0 43.6 4.3 43.6 4.3
2009 LAN MLB 104 431 .336 .257 .326 .405 .260 .328 89 34.9 12.4 -2.9 -7.7 -3.4 41.0 3.4 41.0 3.4
2009 SBR A+ 3 9 .476 .284 .381 .447 .292 1.000 91 2.1 0.3 -0.1 0.0 -0.3 1.9 0.2 1.9 0.2
2009 ABQ AAA 2 4 .140 .215 .319 .289 .242 .000 115 -0.5 0.1 0 -0.1 0.3 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0
2010 CHA MLB 24 88 .259 .253 .316 .391 .245 .378 112 -0.1 2.4 -1.5 0.0 -0.3 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.0
2010 LAN MLB 66 232 .337 .256 .321 .404 .264 .346 90 18.2 6.4 -1.7 -0.0 -2.2 20.6 2.2 20.6 2.2
2010 SBR A+ 8 22 .122 .291 .348 .460 .273 .250 89 -3.3 0.6 -0.3 0.0 0.4 -2.6 -0.3 -2.6 -0.3
2011 TBA MLB 5 17 .081 .264 .328 .431 .270 .077 93 -3 0.5 -0.3 0.0 0.2 -2.7 -0.3 -2.7 -0.3
2012 SAC AAA 17 69 .228 .279 .346 .426 .269 .404 96 -2.5 2.1 -1.3 0.0 0.5 -1.2 -0.1 -1.2 -0.1
2012 AGU Wnt 25 111 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .321 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 ROU AAA 30 119 .251 .258 .325 .394 .262 .275 89 -1.2 3.4 -2.2 0.0 -1.6 -1.6 -0.2 -1.6 -0.2
2014 IOW AAA 24 77 .236 .268 .334 .406 .258 .310 98 -2.1 2.3 -1.2 -0.4 -0.5 -1.4 -0.2 -1.4 -0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1991 BNC Rk 258 44 70 11 4 19 63 34 41 7 8 .326 .431 .679 .353 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 KIN A+ 344 52 81 18 4 13 63 45 74 1 3 .278 .381 .502 .223 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 CHR AAA 177 38 46 12 0 14 36 27 35 1 1 .317 .431 .690 .372 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 CAN AA 396 67 117 32 0 17 79 45 68 2 2 .340 .419 .581 .241 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 CLE MLB 55 5 9 1 0 2 5 2 8 0 0 .170 .200 .302 .132 .160 -6.0 -0.1 -0.6
1994 CLE MLB 336 51 78 22 0 17 60 42 72 4 2 .269 .357 .521 .252 .289 17.4 0.4 1.7
1995 CLE MLB 571 85 149 26 1 31 107 75 112 6 6 .308 .402 .558 .250 .320 48.3 -6.9 4.0
1996 CLE MLB 647 94 170 45 3 33 112 85 104 8 5 .309 .399 .582 .273 .319 48.0 7.6 5.3
1997 CLE MLB 651 99 184 40 0 26 88 79 115 2 3 .328 .415 .538 .210 .324 54.4 -5.5 4.8
1998 CLE MLB 663 108 168 35 2 45 145 76 121 5 3 .294 .377 .599 .305 .316 49.0 7.4 5.5
1999 CLE MLB 640 131 174 34 3 44 165 96 131 2 4 .333 .442 .663 .330 .341 74.4 5.5 7.5
2000 AKR AA 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 2 1 0 0 .500 .750 2.000 1.500 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 BUF AAA 17 5 5 1 0 3 7 6 1 0 0 .455 .647 1.364 .909 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 CLE MLB 532 92 154 34 2 38 122 86 117 1 1 .351 .457 .697 .346 .358 66.9 -16.7 4.7
2001 BOS MLB 620 93 162 33 2 41 125 81 147 0 1 .306 .405 .609 .302 .331 53.9 0.2 5.3
2002 BOS MLB 518 84 152 31 0 33 107 73 85 0 0 .349 .450 .647 .298 .361 58.2 -2.0 5.7
2002 PAW AAA 39 2 3 1 0 1 2 8 9 0 0 .100 .308 .233 .133 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 BOS MLB 679 117 185 36 1 37 104 97 94 3 1 .325 .427 .587 .262 .325 59.9 -0.6 5.9
2004 BOS MLB 663 108 175 44 0 43 130 82 124 2 4 .308 .397 .613 .305 .312 47.9 -14.2 3.3
2005 BOS MLB 650 112 162 30 1 45 144 80 119 1 0 .292 .388 .594 .301 .322 55.0 -12.1 4.3
2006 BOS MLB 558 79 144 27 1 35 102 100 102 0 1 .321 .439 .619 .298 .338 57.4 -14.2 4.2
2007 BOS MLB 569 84 143 33 1 20 88 71 92 0 0 .296 .388 .493 .197 .294 33.2 -12.7 2.0
2008 LAN MLB 229 36 74 14 0 17 53 35 38 2 0 .396 .489 .743 .348 .425 43.6 -0.3 4.3
2008 BOS MLB 425 66 109 22 1 20 68 52 86 1 0 .299 .398 .529 .230 .305 25.3 4.2 3.0
2009 LAN MLB 431 62 102 24 2 19 63 71 81 0 1 .290 .418 .531 .241 .336 41.0 -7.7 3.4
2009 SBR A+ 9 2 3 0 0 1 1 2 4 0 0 .429 .556 .857 .429 .476 1.9 0.0 0.2
2009 ABQ AAA 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .000 .250 .000 .000 .140 -0.2 -0.1 -0.0
2010 SBR A+ 22 1 2 0 0 0 1 3 11 0 0 .105 .227 .105 .000 .122 -2.6 0.0 -0.3
2010 LAN MLB 232 32 61 15 0 8 40 32 38 1 1 .311 .405 .510 .199 .337 20.6 -0.0 2.2
2010 CHA MLB 88 6 18 1 0 1 2 14 23 0 0 .261 .420 .319 .058 .259 0.5 0.0 0.0
2011 TBA MLB 17 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 .059 .059 .059 .000 .081 -2.7 0.0 -0.3
2012 SAC AAA 69 8 19 3 0 0 14 5 17 0 0 .302 .348 .349 .048 .228 -1.2 0.0 -0.1
2012 AGU Wnt 111 14 29 2 0 4 17 11 18 0 0 .293 .360 .434 .141 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 ROU AAA 119 7 28 3 0 3 13 10 14 0 0 .259 .328 .370 .111 .251 -1.6 0.0 -0.2
2014 IOW AAA 77 6 16 2 0 3 10 5 27 0 0 .222 .273 .375 .153 .236 -1.4 -0.4 -0.2

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2008 2372 0.4460 0.4553 0.7824 0.6881 0.2679 0.8654 0.6108 0.2176 1013 0.002683
2009 1655 0.4792 0.4151 0.7831 0.6003 0.2448 0.8193 0.7014 0.2169 779 0.000846
2010 1262 0.4810 0.4255 0.7989 0.6013 0.2626 0.8685 0.6512 0.2011 618 -0.009079
2011 59 0.3390 0.4746 0.7500 0.5000 0.4615 0.8000 0.7222 0.2500 25 -0.000281
Career53480.46340.4360.78620.63840.26160.85110.64960.2138836.4757-0.0007

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-08-23 - Minors - - - Not Disclosed -
2014-07-24 2014-08-07 Minors 14 0 - Not Disclosed -
2012-05-19 2012-05-28 DTD 9 8 - Wrist Soreness - -
2012-03-06 2012-03-10 Camp 4 0 - Back Stiffness - -
2010-10-14 2010-10-14 Off 0 0 Bilateral Surgery Sports Hernia 2010-10-14
2010-09-07 2010-09-07 DTD 0 0 Left Wrist Contusion HBP -
2010-07-17 2010-08-21 15-DL 35 33 Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2010-06-30 2010-07-15 15-DL 15 11 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2010-05-20 2010-05-21 DTD 1 1 Soreness -
2010-05-19 2010-05-19 DTD 0 0 Left Foot Soreness -
2010-04-23 2010-05-08 15-DL 15 14 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2010-04-17 2010-04-18 DTD 1 1 Right Lower Leg Tightness Calf -
2009-09-28 2009-09-29 DTD 1 1 Left Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2009-07-26 2009-07-27 DTD 1 1 Left Hand Contusion -
2009-07-21 2009-07-21 DTD 0 0 Left Hand Contusion -
2009-05-03 2009-05-04 DTD 1 1 Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2009-03-14 2009-03-23 Camp 9 0 Left Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2009-03-12 2009-03-13 Camp 1 0 Left Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2008-07-23 2008-07-25 DTD 2 1 Right Knee Soreness -
2007-08-29 2007-09-25 DTD 27 24 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2002-05-14 2002-06-25 15-DL 42 38 Left Fingers Fracture Index Finger Sliding -
2001-09-29 2001-10-07 DTD 8 9 Left Wrist Soreness -
2001-08-20 2001-08-28 DTD 8 7 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2000-05-30 2000-07-12 15-DL 43 39 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
1992-07-05 1992-09-05 Minors 62 0 Left Wrist Contusion Severe Hamate Contusion -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2010 LAN $20,000,000
2009 LAN $25,000,000
2008 BOS $22,000,000
2007 BOS $20,000,000
2006 BOS $21,000,000
2005 BOS $22,000,000
2004 BOS $22,500,000
2003 BOS $20,000,000
2002 BOS $17,500,000
2001 BOS $15,000,000
2000 CLE $4,250,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
13 yrPrevious$209,250,000
13 yrTotal$209,250,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
17 y 42 dAlex Esteban1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 5/25/14 (minor-league contract as player-coach).
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Texas as a free agent 7/3/13 (minor-league contract). Released by Texas 8/13/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by Oakland as a free agent 2/20/12 (minor-league contract). Salary of $0.5M in majors. Released by Oakland (by request) 6/15/12.
  • 1 year/$2.02M (2011). Signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent 1/22/11. Retired 3/8/11 after positive PED test. Filed for reinstatement 12/5/11.
  • 2 years/$45M (2009-10). Re-signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 3/4/09. 09:$25M, 10:$20M player option. $30M deferred without interest: 2009: $10M in season, $15M pd in 3 installments of $5M 6/30 2010-12. 2010: $5M in season, $15M paid in installments of $3,333,333 6/30 2011-12 and $8,333,333 6/30/13. Full no-trade clause. Ramirez exercised 2010 option 11/6/09.
  • 8 years/$160M (2001-08), plus 2009-10 club option. $16M signing bonus paid over 5 years. 01:$13M, 02:$15.5M, 03:$18M, 04:$20.5M, 05:$20M, 06:$19M, 07:$18M, 08:$20M, 09:$20M club option, 10:$20M club option. $3M deferred in 2011. $4M annually deferred 2002-08. Performance bonuses. Award bonuses, including $75,000 for All-Star, $75,000 for 4th in 2005 MVP vote. $1M assignment bonus if traded. Acquired by LA Dodgers in trade from Boston 7/31/08.
  • 4 years/$10.1M (1996-99), plus 2000 club option. Signed extension with Cleveland. 96:$1.1M, 97:$2M, 98:$2.85M, 99:$4.1M, 00:$4.25M club option. Cleveland exercised option 11/99.
  • Previously represented by Scott Boras, Greg Genske and Jeff Moorad.
  • Drafted by Cleveland 1991 (1-13) (George Washington HS, New York).

2018 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2015 When Ramirez joined the Cubs' Triple-A team as a player/coach in July, Theo Epstein made it clear to him that while he'd get sporadic playing time, he was there primarily to pass along his vast hitting knowledge to the team's precocious prospects, and he had zero chance of being called up. By all accounts Ramirez's coaching was a rousing success, enriching three of the Cubs' best prospects—Kris Bryant, Javier Baez and Jorge Soler. While Ramirez proved that he may have a future in coaching (get in your time machine, find yourself 10 years ago, and show them this comment; beware of heart attacks!), he's never wavered from his desire to return to a big-league lineup. The quirky 43-year-old hasn't made an active roster since 2011, but has flatly stated that will change this season. Being realistic is boring, so let's just wish him luck.
2014 Unfortunately for legendary batsman Manny Ramirez, "Manny being Manny" these days means a month-long stint in Triple-A with a mid-.300s slugging percentage.
2012 Everyone's favorite idiot showed a new level of stupidity by violating baseball’s performance-enhancing drug policy for the second time. Manny's bay area retreat lasted only slightly longer than the Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba as Ramirez retired rather than sit out 100 games. We would have written a goodbye to Manny in this slot, except that MLB reinstated Ramirez from the voluntary retirement list in December, and reduced his suspension to 50 games in the sports equivalent of "time served." Will a PED-free, 39-year-old Manny with a 50-game suspension yet to serve be tempting to any big-league GM?
2011 If you were wondering when "Manny being Manny" was going to be reduced to a reality TV parody of itself, his Mannyness' 2010 season could certainly get you thinking. He delivered career-low isolated power and home-run-per-fly-ball marks despite getting to spend a good chunk of the season in one of the most righty-friendly parks on the planet. That said, he was also less than 100 percent all year, so it's hard to say the Sox got the contents listed on the packaging: Manny dealt with calf and hamstring issues for most of the year before requiring an off-season hernia repair. Speculating over whether he can go back to being a bopper and less a figure of sports infotainment depends on the assumptions that he will be healthy and go someplace where he'll feel excited about playing. Both are possible, and his fielding isn't quite so awful that he should only DH from here on out; there's just the question of whether the 39-year-old risks injury doing anything more than what he's always done best: putting runs on the board.
2010 Despite the lovefest Ramirez inspired in Mannywood in late 2008, the Dodgers played hardball during his free agency, waiting out Scott Boras, the tepid economy, and the market's glut of corner outfielders into early March before signing Ramirez to a two-year, $45 million deal with an opt-out clause prior to year two. Ramirez resumed his torrid pace once the season opened, batting .348/.492/.641 through May 6, but the honeymoon ended when he was handed a 50-game suspension for a prescription for a female fertility drug often used to mask steroids. Greeted with open arms by most Dodger fans upon returning, Ramirez continued to terrorize pitchers, but his performance took a significant downturn after a Homer Bailey fastball hit his left wrist on July 21. Manny hit just .255/.380/.448 the rest of the way, his strikeout rate increased from 15 percent of plate appearances to 21 percent, and his BABIP dropped from .369 to .302. That dip, along with a leak implicating him as one of the players on the 2004 survey testing list, chilled the market for his services and led to his choosing not to opt out. Unless he can recapture some of his initial magic, expect reports of his act wearing thin to abound.
2009 A villain in Beantown, a hero in Tinseltown, Ramirez was the game’s most controversial player in 2008. His efforts to get the Red Sox to exercise the first of his two $20 million options generated a firestorm of accusations from teammates, club officials, and some of the industry’s most powerful writers that he faked injuries and ultimately quit on his team, as though he were some mutant cross between Derek Bell and the second coming of Hal Chase—never mind the fact that he hit .347/.473/.587 in July as this drama unfolded. The Manny Show came to LA and provided a much-needed jolt to a flagging Dodger offense whose scoring rose from 4.17 runs per game to 4.63, helping them blow past the Diamondbacks to win the West. Facing pitchers who had more idea how to split the atom than to pitch to him, Ramirez used the whole field much more than in his Fenway days, doing absurd things like flirting with .400 and bashing towering opposite-field homers in Petco. Despite his production, the reports of his pre-trade antics, Team Boras’ aggressive negotiating stance and the slow economy combined to suppress the market for his services. At this writing, he's still adrift, "Manny being Manny" costing him millions in lost contract offers.
2008 So much attention is paid to the silly things Ramirez does that it's hard both to keep them in context and to properly identify the ones that actually hurt the team. In the postseason, he made some very smart plays on the bases, then got thrown out at home because he was too busy playing with his helmet while running. What's fundamental is that he is in decline and, given his negative defensive value, could have a limited amount of time left in his Hall of Fame career.
2007 Babe Ruth (.366), Ted Williams (.364), Barry Bonds (.356), Lou Gehrig (.345), Albert Pujols (.343), Frank Thomas (.342), Mickey Mantle (.341), Rogers Hornsby (.335), Mark McGwire (.335). Those are the top nine hitters in major league baseball history according to Equivalent Average. Number ten is Manny Ramirez (.334). For all the bitching about his indifference in the field and the legitimacy of the patellar tendonitis that limited him to 33 PA over the season`s final six weeks, he`s still as good a hitter as any team could possibly hope for, and his role of protecting David Ortiz in the lineup is part of what enables Big Papi`s heroics. Still, the annual `Trade Manny` melodrama began during his absence from the lineup, and continued unabated through the Winter Meetings. With `only` $40 million due him over the next two years and a ton of new money being tossed around, chances are better than ever that he finally leaves Beantown, but Sox fans tired of Manny Being Manny should be careful what they wish for.
2006 Yawn. The usual mid-season soap opera marred Ramirez`s typical Hall of Fame offensive season. Ramirez started slowly, but his problems were almost solely due to his uncharacteristic inability to hit left-handed pitchers. He was hitting just .163/.290/.314 in 86 at bats at the All-Star break against southpaws, before rebounding to hit .316/.433/.759 against them in the second half (for the season he was .236/.358/.527). He has been passed by David Ortiz in the hearts of Red Sox Nation, but Ramirez remains unsurpassed among AL hitters.
2005 Halfway through the guaranteed portion of Ramirez's contract, he's still putting up some of the best offensive numbers in the league, $160 million contract or not. His OBP dipped below .400 for the first time since 1998, but in a season where he whacked 43 home runs and 87 extra-base hits, that's really nitpicking. His defense is what it is, though with Fenway's limited real estate in left and Jesus in center, there's no better outfield spot in which to put a lousy defender. Expect more of the same in 2005.
2004 Although his contract is a quaint reminder of an age gone by, Manny's production has not ebbed. He took some heat in New England for driving in "only" 104 runs, though critics conveniently ignored Grady Little's stacking of the team's three worst OBPs at the top of the lineup. Little was given a lot of credit for his "handling" of Ramirez, but Manny had the same year he always has. Ramirez's manager should count on an annual off-the-field incident, like last September's "head cold," and an occasional jog down to first base on a ground ball. He should also be able to count on someone who shows up early to look at film, works hard on his defense takes hours of extra batting practice, and is one of the top 10 hitters in baseball every year.
2003 Manny missed five weeks with a broken left index finger, struggled in his rehab assignment, then hit 14–63 with averages of .222/.329/.302 in the three weeks following his return. Despite this handicap, he finished the season as one of the team’s top offensive performers. If he can stay healthy for an entire season, expect 45 HR and a bid for the league MVP. While he is frequently criticized by the Boston media for his baserunning mishaps, he’s a true student of hitting and works as hard as anybody on this art.
2002 After an MVP-level start to the season, Ramirez tailed off badly after May and never found his groove again. Nagging hamstring problems cropped up, and various reports indicated that he was upset by the discord and malaise in the clubhouse. A winning season would likely cure that very quickly, and there’s no reason to expect Manny not to return to his early-2001 form. The Sox will need him to do so if they expect to catch the Yanks.
2001 Manny Ramirez became the Indians’ slugging version of what Lenny Dykstra was to the Phillies in the early ’90s: without him, they’re a pretty crummy team. Now that he’s in Boston, do you want to bet he’ll have a bigger impact on the 2001 playoff picture than Alex Rodriguez? He may not fix the Red Sox’s problems against left-handed pitching by himself; even with one of the best lefty-killers around, the Tribe finished last season with an even worse record than did the Sox against southpaws. Replacing 120 games of Manny Ramirez with 120 games of Ellis Burks will cost the Indians a good 40 runs.
2000 Ramirez is the player who gets picked on as the front man for Mike Hargrove’s hands-off management style and the sloppiness it came to represent. That’s similar to the things that used to be said about Davey Johnson and Darryl Strawberry in the 1980s. It’s mostly another case of “tear down the star” for fun and headlines. Ramirez is one of the game’s best hitters in his prime, and he’s underrated in the field. The big question is whether new owner Larry Dolan will pay top dollar to keep him, because if there’s someone the Indians ought to be paying, it isn’t an Alomar or Jim Thome, it’s Ramirez.
1998 You already know he can hit. Just keep in mind he’s only 26, even though he’s had four seasons in the majors. Fully capable of an MVP season at the plate, with defense that is just bad enough to get more attention than it deserves. May never get the recognition his production warrants.
1997 For whatever reason, Ramirez gets belittled in the press for imagined weight problems, which one way or another haven’t affected his hitting. Like Canseco or Strawberry, he also gets put down on defense far more than his actual skill justifies. Ramirez has an excellent throwing arm and enough range to survive; he’s hardly a Sierra or Nieves in right field. One of Manny’s best accomplishments this past season was his major improvement against right-handers.
1996  In one of the biggest bargains of the off-season, Manny signed a 4-year contract, with a club option for a fifth, for "just" $10 million. A fabulous package, hitting for average and power while taking the walks. Absolutely destroys left-handed pitching (.358/.448/.612 over two seasons).

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2017-02-06 23:00:00 (link to chat)Yo Wilson. It seems a smart move is to draft low minor SS. Heading into this season some early targets on my list are Miguelangel Sierra and Fernando Tatis Jr. I am not sure how to interpret their performances from last year and what to expect. Care to hit us with some knowledge on these players to make a informed decision?
(David from Not Sure)
Sierra is a kid we got great internals on during list-making. I wouldn't get too caught up in the Appy HR total, as he was appropriately exposed as Not Manny Ramirez in the NYPL. But he's got the goods to develop into a real good SS, with a stick to be valuable at the position. Tatis is veeeery likely a 3B, and he's already shown a bunch of aggressive swing-and-miss, but there's a quality fantasy bat in here somewhere. Always bet on big-league bloodlines when in doubt, and take a last-round flyer if your league goes 175-200 deep - maaaybe 150 if you're feeling salty? (Wilson Karaman)
2015-04-06 15:15:00 (link to chat)A left-fielder other than Hanley catches that double by Howard, yeah?
(Pushka from O. )
Maybe? It looked like Hanley got a fair jump on it, but he's not out there for his defense. That said, the guy was a shortstop as recently as last year. He's not unathletic. I think he'll be fine out there. Hey, if Manny Ramirez could do it... (Matthew Kory)
2015-02-04 19:00:00 (link to chat)Manny Ramirez racked up an amazing -276 runs on defense. Would you take vogelbach or manny as a ninth inning defensive replacement?
(brentdaily from Colorado)
Adam Dunn, probably. (Jordan Gorosh)
2015-02-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who would you rather put in LF as a 9th inning defensive replacement - Manny Ramirez (2nd worst all-time by DEF score) or Dan Vogelbach? I can't get enough of Manny's defensive highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCdp-pSA8kc
(brentdaily from colorado)
Me. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-05-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Doug, Garin Cecchini is tearing up A+ this year and with Middlebrooks and possibly Bogaerts in front of him at 3B do you see him making a move to the OF ?
(Bob from Boston)
Given his questionable defense and the aforementioned players ahead of Cecchini on the depth chart, I would say that a move to the OF or 1B could very well be in his future. Cecchini may not have the range for the OF - of course LF in Fenway is small enough to make Manny Ramirez acceptable - and with Napoli only signed for one year and not much else in the pipeline at the cold corner, I could ultimately see Cecchini at 1B.

On the jukebox: Ennio Morricone, "Ecstasy of Gold" (Doug Thorburn)
2012-10-16 14:00:00 (link to chat)I'm in the college football hall of fame, and woulda made Canton, but I bet on the '62 title game, and got busted. Just say no to gambling, Webster! Q: Would you vote for Manny Ramirez for the HOF, or do his PED violations effectively disqualify him, Ben?
(Alex Karras from Football Valhalla At Ya)
I won't have a real vote for another nine years, but if he's still on the ballot in 2021 or so, and they haven't kicked me out of the BBWAA yet, I believe I'll vote for him. (Ben Lindbergh)
2012-06-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)From the Indians in 90s, who on their roster had the most value?
(Paul from DC)
Offhand I'd guess Jim Thome was the most valuable during their run, followed by Albert Belle, who didn't stay for all of it, and Manny Ramirez, who was limited by his defense (not that Thome wasn't). I don't have the means to run a query at the moment to confirm this, but I'll see if I can get to something like that soon. (Jay Jaffe)
2012-05-31 14:00:00 (link to chat)A question and a statement requiring a response: 1) Just how many cats do you have? 2) Equate each to a baseball player.
(mattymatty2000 from Portland, OR)
I have three cats. The oldest is Joey From the Bronx. The middle one is Tami Taylor. The youngest is Archer. (Not named after the TV show, though I do love the TV show. Named after Lew Archer. Her unofficial first name is Louise.)

Joey is Manny Ramirez, who grew up for some time in Washington Heights (we were living in Inwood when we got Joey). He used to be really good at what he did (murdering creatures smaller than him), and he might have some things left in the tank, but he's mostly a mascot now.

Tami is Lance Berkman -- slow, round, and goofy, but a surprisingly effective cat for all of that.

Archer is Billy Hamilton, young, full of vigor and cockiness. (Jason Wojciechowski)
2012-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)I heard on an Astros podcast a few weeks ago that the team had Wilton Lopez throw pitches from the mound while blindfolded to try to get him to focus on his mechanics. Is this awesome or crazy? Best weird training/coaching story you've heard?
(Bill from Amsterdam)
A little of both.

No training story is popping to mind, but I do recall a Manny Ramirez preparation story. The legend goes like this: Ramirez's team was playing Roy Halladay. He told everyone that Halladay was going to throw him a curve, and when that happened, Manny was going to blast it. Two at-bats come and go, no curves, no hits. Third at-bat, Ramirez gets his curve and crushes it.

Tangibly related: Ken Ravizza had a ton of weird, funny little tricks he used with the Cal Fullerton baseball team. Read about those here. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-04-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Good chat. Over the last 15 - 20 years, who are some of your favorite players to go to the ballpark and see play and why?
(Jerome from T Hills)
Some of them are obvious - warts and all, I'm thrilled that I've gotten to see Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez as often as I have over the years - both have provided some incredible moments. Mariano Rivera, of course. I'm lucky to have seen Tim Raines and Rickey Henderson relatively late in their careers. Ken Griffey Jr., Edgar Martinez, Jay Buhner and Randy Johnson were pretty special because the Mariners were a favorite before I came to New York, and a common point of reference for me and my brother. Manny Ramirez, when he was still an Indian, was a lot of fun. Jim Thome was a beast who seemed to homer every time he came to town.

Going further back, I'm thrilled I got to see Fernando Valenzuela pitch in person, even if it was only spring training. Likewise for seeing Reggie Jackson in spring training - both were huge parts of my childhood and adolesence. My first regular season major league game was Roger Clemens vs. Nolan Ryan in 1989 (read about it in today's column). That was incredibly special in retrospect because Ryan always meant a great deal to me.

I'm sure I've forgotten somebody, but that's a good start. (Jay Jaffe)
2012-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Players like Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon will/may miss chunks of the season but for different reasons. Which older players with either reduced roles or other circumstances limiting games played are worth gambling on this season?
(Tony035 from Toronto, ON)
Juan Pierre is interesting in Philadelphia, at least for the first couple months of the year for cheap steals. Tim Hudson might miss a month of the year, but he'll be good when he's healthy, and he came pretty cheap in LABR this weekend ($7). A.J. Burnett same deal ($3), but I like him in the NL and PNC Park. (Derek Carty)
2012-02-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jay: Is there any way Manny Ramirez has anything left? I remember a piece from some years ago, I think by Bill James, that pointed out that truly great hitters often have a single rebound year in them after they appear cooked. Willie McCovey comes to mind; Cal Ripken hit .340 after he started taking days off. I don't understand the A's wanting Ramirez, and am hoping you or someone -- anyone -- can shed light on it.
(oira79 from San Francisco)
I think it's possible - let's not forget that the power drought at the end of Ramirez's 2010 season came after he'd served three DL stints for leg issues and needed sports hernia surgery. That said, his age, the layoff, and the miserable hitting environment of the Oakland Mausoleum are working against him, so don't expect too much.

As to what the A's see in it, that's not hard - he'll sell a few tickets, and if he gets hot, he'll hit his way out of town sometime between July 31 and August 31 while giving the A's some small return on their investment. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-01-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)who is the 1 FA who has surprised you in terms of not yet finding a home for 2011?
(frank from vegas)
It was Jim Thome. At this point I would say Manny Ramirez. Not because I expect him to be fantastic, but because from almost day one of free agency, he and Scott Boras basically said "Will work for food", and there are plenty of teams who could use a DH willing to post a .400 OBP on the cheap. (Marc Normandin)
2010-11-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Victor Martinez, Dan Uggla, Manny Ramirez, etc have all been linked to Toronto. What sort of delightful alternate reality have I slipped into unknowingly? Not since the days of Cone, Morris, Winfield, and Stewart have I been able to feel something other than dread or stark fear of the winter meetings as a Blue Jays fan. I could get used to this.
(Will from Mactaquac)
Exciting, isn't it? All of those guys would be in line for a power boost at Rogers Centre (who wouldn't, really), and if a couple of them end up there, the Jays would have some serious third-place buzz going, at the very least.

You know when you boil eggs for too long, lose track of time, and end up with milky egg white all over everything? That just happened to me. And yes, despite how this may sound, I'm actually talking about boiling eggs. (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-11-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)What will Jocketty do to keep Baker from inserting Gomes in the everyday lineup in 2011?
(thomas from Columbus)
I wonder if the Reds would sign Manny Ramirez. I don't know why that thought came to me the other day, but it did. No, Ramirez doesn't provide a defensive upgrade or anything, but short of Jocketty naming himself manager and forcing a platoon with Nix, there would have to be some type of big splash to prevent Gomes from playing very frequently. (Eric Seidman)
2010-10-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Rumor is the Red Sox open up the vault for Crawford. Does that make sense, as the Monster means he has that much less room to cover LF, with his top-flight defense thus being less valuable in Boston than elsewhere?
(DrManhattan from NYC)
The Red Sox won't sign him for seven years, which seems to be the number everyone is repeating. They will be in on Jayson Werth though, since he can be signed for five years in what will probably turn out out to be the 2011 equivalent of a J.D. Drew contract.

It is an easy left field to play in the sense that there is less room to cover, but you still have 81 road games to play, and just as important as his speed and range are his defensive instincts. I would expect him to be able to cut off a lot of shallow outfield singles and turn them into outs if he played in Fenway. There are ways to use the lack of area to cover to your advantage with his skillset--even Manny Ramirez used to be able to rob people of singles or hold them to them. (Marc Normandin)
2010-08-24 14:30:00 (link to chat)As a Twins fan, the thought of the White Sox obtaining Manny Ramirez is a bit worrisome. What kind of impact, if any, would you see him making for the White Sox down the stretch?
(StatFreak101 from Wisconsin)
The current White Sox DH crew is a pretty motley lot--Manny's current and projected rates rates would be a major improvement over some combination of Quentin, Kotsay, Teahen, et al. Over the course of a month, that upgrade isn't nearly enough to make up a 4.5 game deficit on its own, though. (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is my potential franchise player tag still there or has that ship sailed away?
(Delmon Young from Minny)
I still get a kick out of the Manny Ramirez comps from a guy who had no plate patience or strike zone recognition. Never been a huge fan, and I think the upside is above-average player, not superstar. (Marc Normandin)
2010-03-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will, can you settle - or at least address a question for me. A steroid-obsessed yahoo I know is convinced that Carlos Beltran's knee problems are related to/caused by steroid usage. Avoiding my pointing out, for example, Andre Dawson's knee issues as being rather parallel to Beltran's as a type of player having said problems, he insists that steroids are the cause of the injuries. I suppose my question is twofold, one being perhaps unanswerable. 1) Can steroids be reasonably linked to the kinds of health issues Beltran has had the last few years, and 2) Has Beltran ever been linked to persistent steroid usage? Many thanks for your time.
(gilgamesh from NYC)
1) No, but reason and steroids seldom go together. I'd agree with the Dawson comp.
2) Beltran has never failed a steroid test to my knowledge. Then again, neither had Manny Ramirez until he did. (Will Carroll)
2009-10-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Colletti's extension?
(David from Sonoma State University, CA)
You know how some players have their best years right as they're about to become free agents? That's what happened with Colletti - he had a fantastic year. No new dumb contracts, great plays towards the end of the winter to get bargains on Randy Wolf, Orlando Hudson and Manny Ramirez (who exercised his player option and will return, according to the tweets I've received today), and smart in-season acquisitions that helped the team reach the NLCS at minimal future cost (though Josh Bell does make me wince a little). Hell, even Juan Pierre made him look good by playing well during Manny's absence.

The Dodgers have now made the postseason in three of Colletti's four years, and while that certainly owes something to his predecessor, Paul DePodesta, and his underlings, Logan White, Kim Ng and DeJon Watson, it's very tough to kick a guy out the door when he's at the helm of a team with that recent track record.

Which doesn't mean he doesn't scare the bejesus out of me as a Dodger fan at times, but I guess I'd rather hear him say he's not trading the Dodgers core youngsters for an ace (as he did last week) than floating the idea of trading a Kershaw or a Kemp (as he did last winter). (Jay Jaffe)
2009-09-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Nats fans were really pleased to see Nyjer Morgan respond to the trade from the Pirates. Do you expect a full recovery from his broken hand and similar numbers (albeit not .350avg over the whole year) with the Nats next season?
(Kdub34 from Washington)
He'll recover from the hand, but then he'll go back to being Nyjer Morgan. He's a great guy to interview or have in the clubhouse because of his positive outlook and genuine happiness to be where he is, but on a good team he's a fourth OF. If you have a guy like JD Drew or Josh Hamilton (or Manny Ramirez, for defensive reasons) then Morgan's not a bad fit. (Will Carroll)
2009-09-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Josh Willingham- Fluke or legit? His numbers are among the top 3 OF in all of baseball.
(Jacob from Kentucky)
I don't see it. Even if you limit the proposition to just left fielders, he's fourth behind Adam Dunn, Manny Ramirez, and Ryan Braun. His performance at this specific level is fluky, but he'll be a good contributor for the next several seasons. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-09-14 16:30:00 (link to chat)What are the chances that Charlie Manuel deep-sixes the Phils chances by insisting that Lidge is the closer in the post season? Surely someone in the front office will ask him to stop, right?
(mattymatty from Phillly, PA)
He did pull him out of the closer role in favor of Madson recently, though Lidge did get one of the two saves in the doubleheader yesterday. Manuel clearly doesn't have the confidence in his ability to turn it around that he did earlier this year, but I think he still wants him to succeed terribly. If he was willing to yank him in the 9th inning against the Nationals, I have to imagine he's not going put him out there against Manny Ramirez if he's not showing improvement. Eric Seidman's article the other week doesn't make it sound all that likely he will. (Matt Swartz)
2009-08-19 14:00:00 (link to chat)Good afternoon Jay ... thanks for the chat. Has the cloud of PEDs tarnished or thrown into the question the relevance of election to the HOF? (and yes, I know the exclusion of African-Americans prior to 1947 tarnished the HOF already) Jeter is a HOFer, yes? A-Rod, in the wake of his "confession"? Damon?
(dianagramr from Cubehenge)
Hi Diana. I think the question of PEDs and the Hall of Fame is an open one that will take at least a decade to tell us anything even remotely conclusive. As hard as it may be to envision the players outed as steroid users via one means or another actually getting in, I have a much harder time envisioning the Hall's relevance without guys like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez.

As for Jeter, he's a lock; this year puts him over the line as far as JAWS is concerned, and he's got the kind of resume writers will love. Damon's going to have to get somewhere on his push for 3,000 hits to have much traction; he's got just two All-Star appearances and scores well below average on the Hall of Fame Monitor and HOF Standards metrics. A-Rod will get there eventually, I think, particularly if he keeps to this new STFU PR strategy. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-06-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's the Athlete's Passport?
(P Bu from St. Louis)
Oh -- good question. The AP is a document that shows the date of each test and the result. WADA uses it with most Olympic athletes and it has to be presented at some tournaments to show "good standing." Baseball could do the same thing with a document or even a website. Wouldn't it have been better to have the Inquirer ask "hey, some blogger says you might have done steroids" and have Ibanez pull out a document that said "Ibanez, tested 3/23 clean, 5/10 clean" etc. Heck, just put up the negative results on MLB.com. I don't see a valid argument that a negative(clean) test would be an invasion of privacy. How about this -- instead of the crappy PSA's baseball has now, why not have Albert Pujols stand up on camera and show the fifteen or so negative tests he's taken. (Yes, you could say that Manny Ramirez also has a lot of negatives and that one positive ...) (Will Carroll)
2009-06-03 15:00:00 (link to chat)Can anyone beat the Dodgers in the NL West?
(Jake from LA)
I'll never say never as to whether somebody could beat them out, but they looked like the class of the division at the outset of the year, and even with the major blow of losing Manny Ramirez for a third of the season they've widened the gap. The NL West flag is theirs to lose. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-06-03 15:00:00 (link to chat)Not a team related question, but one regarding individual players. How do you see these players ranking over the next five years: Lance Berkman, Vladimir Guerrero, Alfonso Soriano, Carlos Lee, Manny Ramirez. Thanks.
(Krams706 from Boston)
Wow, you named four 33-year-olds and a 37-year-old, and you want to know what their next five years look like? Sell now, because they're not going to be getting better, and in many cases -- I'm thinking Vlad and Lee, particularly -- I think the decline will be precipitous due to injuries and conditioning. If I had to pick one to own five years from now it would probably be Soriano because of his body type. PECOTA appears to agree, though it also puts in a good word for Berkman. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-05-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Uh, is "kidney procedure" the new slang for superdupersteroids, or did Joe Mauer just decide to stop messing around and become Mike Piazza?
(Dan Pawson from Boston, MA)
I traded him in Tout.

No, really it's just the normal small-sample variations you'll see in any two week period for almost any player. Juan Pierre is tearing it up in Manny Ramirez's absence, but it doesn't make him a great player. Mauer *is* a great player and he's on one of those runs that you just sit back and enjoy. (Will Carroll)
2009-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Interesting you mention Manny Ramirez and the Beatles in the same sentence. Does the performance enhancement of other entertainers color your view of PED use in sports?
(ashitaka from long beach, ca)
That's a really, really difficult question, if I even understand it. Does that mean, do I think less of John Lennon because songs like "I Am the Walrus," "She Said, She Said," and "Across the Universe" were written under the influence of LSD? I'm always disappointed when my heroes are not as perfect as I want them to be (as perfect as I am! Ha!), and since I strongly disapprove of drug use, I always hate to learn that a favorite artist is a user. Still, the art is the art is the art and we should evaluate it based on what it is, I guess, and not where it came from. I guess it's a little different in sports because we want our athletes to be on a level playing field, however mythical the concept, whereas there's no level playing field in creativity... I feel like I could toy with this forever and still be as incoherent as I have been to this point, so I'm going to just move on. (Steven Goldman)
2009-03-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)You know when missing Manny hit me? When the playoffs got under way, he hit a bomb off a reliever against the Cubs. The pitch was either a curve or a change, middle of the plate, but too low, almost at his ankles. And he just leaned over and golfed it over the wall. Like it was nothing. Remember when he high fived the fan in the stands last year before gunning a guy down at first?
(Rob from Brighton)
Hey there Rob, what's happening? I'm glad I'm not the only Boston fan who misses the guy. Manny Ramirez is my favorite player in baseball. I don't care if he's a selfish jerk like some people say, or that he's a space case, or that the dude can't field to save his life, there is no one more fun to watch at the plate. I miss having him in Boston, and it's even worse that he went to the Dodgers (remember, my other favorite team is the Padres. He may as well have signed in New York).

I want someone to sign him, and now, even if it's Los Angeles again. (Marc Normandin)
2009-02-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of Seattle's decision to sign Josh Fields relative to the option of just taking the pick in the upcoming draft?
(Jay J. from Tacoma, WA)
I understand the heat the move has taken with Mariners fans, but I don't really mind the move. As I noted above, a lot of the college pitchers that will be available around pick 21 are future relievers themselves, and Fields is probably better than the lot of them (except maybe Volz). Also, as I saw Dave Cameron note, there's a real possibility that Fields starts in West Tenn, dominates, and ends up contributing for Seattle this season. It's not a terrible move given this draft, although I am a bit confused why in a baseball economy that has Manny Ramirez unsigned on February 17, a college senior managed to get over slot money with no discernible leverage. (Bryan Smith)
2009-02-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Would it be reasonable for a small market team to sign Manny Ramirez with the sole intention of flipping him for a bunch of prospects at the deadline? Maybe he will sell some tickets for a few months and could result in a nice return.
(brian from brooklyn)
The risk there is that Ramirez has never really played for a bad team in a small market, and if you're signing him to trade him, you have to hope that doing so doesn't have a negative effect on his performance.

Remember, too, that Ramirez isn't finding suitors when all it will cost to sign him is money. Is there any guarantee teams will pay talent for two months of him at the deadline?

I wouldn't do it. I'd sign him because he'd make my team better, but I would not do so *intending* to make a deadline deal. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-02-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Let's play a hypothetical; if Manny Ramirez doesn't get a contract he wants and retires (I know, just play along) where would it rank in bizarre career endings in American sports history? Has a player of Manny's caliber ever retired in such circumstances?
(Joe from Tewksbury, MA)
I'm not entirely sure how to frame the answer. Will Clark comes to mind. Barry Bonds. Michael Jordan's first two walkaways, maybe. Barry Sanders. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-01-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jay, do you ever recall an off-season when so many veteran players were unsigned by this point? It's one thing when you are talking about Junior Griffey who has little value left, and a guy like Manny or to a lesser degree Abreu, who while in decline, can still provide...something.
(AlexBelth from Bronx, NY)
My man Alex! I think you'd have to go back to the collusion era (1985-1987 offseasons) to find so many big names out there who remain unsigned. While I'm not suggesting anything so nefarious is afoot, it wouldn't surprise me in the least if a decade from now somebody unearths evidence to the contrary there.

Doubling this up with another good question you've asked ("Has your analytical work been more difficult this year with all these free agents still out there in limbo?") I think the offseason climate created by the economy and the slow pace of player movement has provided one of the more daunting challenges I've ever faced in this industry. Teams like the Brewers and Dodgers (both of whom I cover in BP09) still haven't come close to completing their offseason work with regards to replacing big guns like CC Sabathia and Manny Ramirez, making any legitimate assessment of their 2009 chances very difficult. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-01-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Where does a player like Adam Dunn land in this mess of a marketplace? I can't think of any good fits off the top of my head (maybe Anaheim?) where his skillset meshes well with the team's needs and likely tolerances...
(Aaron from YYZ)
It's difficult to believe that a 29-year-old who's reached 40 homers in each of hte last five seasons won't find a home eventually. Slotted at first base, he'd be a decent play for the Nationals, who could undoubtedly use his thump. I've argued before (http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/web/COM1148908/index.htm) that he would make good sense for the Dodgers in the event they don't re-sign Manny Ramirez, since they haven't had a player top 20 homers since Jeff Kent in 2005. Though he lacks Manny's charisma, even moving into the least hitter-friendly park of his career he'd be an imposing middle-of-the-order presence, and he's hardly a major step down from Manny defensively. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-11-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Should the Dodgers re-sign Manny Ramirez?
(laynef from Texas)
If they can get him to sign a two-year deal? Sure. Even 3/75 works for me. I don't know what you do with $27 million of fourth outfielder next year, but deal with the problem later. (If signing Ramirez is going to lead to a Kemp or Ethier trade, however, do NOT sign him. The combination of moves would be a net negative.) (Joe Sheehan)
2008-10-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)I think the problem with the deadball era is that it's a completely different game. Offensive and defensive have ebbed and flowed throughout the years but different factors thereof still had similar relative values. It's hard to make sense of an era where scoring was way down, averages were way up, power meant triples, everyone stole at a 50% clip and usage and equipment changes since mean contemporary pitching is almost irrelevant as a comparison point. The sixties are a distant, distant second place in the whole "no rational frame of reference" game. And I say this as someone whose loved the era ever since you recommended Crazy 08 and The Glory of Their Times to me at the Boston book signing!
(jackalltogether from Boston)
Glad you took me up on those books. There are some really good ones. I also like "The Pitch that Killed," about Ray Chapman and Carl Mays... For me, history, even baseball history, is all about people and their high and low moments, their heroism, their villainy, the fact that they succeeded and failed just like you and me. The challenge as a writer is to bring them to life as people, not just stats. That's what I try to do, though it's sometimes a little difficult in the context of a 1500-word column. Also, even though all the differences you point out are true, a lot of the team-building and strategic problems are relateable. If I ask you to choose between PH A and PH B in a World Series game, and describe the strengths and weaknesses of each, we can second-guess along whether we're talking about Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker or Manny Ramirez and Jason Bay. (Steven Goldman)
2008-10-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker vs. Manny Ramirez and Jason Bay? The Analogy Police have reported you to Joe
(jackalltogether from Boston)
That was totally random, of course. You really can't go wrong, can you? Bay is the one that doesn't belong, I guess. (Steven Goldman)
2008-10-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Brien Taylor? Never heard that story, please tell.
(carp1626 from Warrensburg)
Taylor was the #1 overall pick in the 1991 draft, a high school southpaw with great stuff taken by the Yankees. He went ahead of Dmitri Young (#4), Manny Ramirez (#13), Cliff Floyd (#14), Shawn Green (#16), and several other future major leaguers. As with many hard-throwing young lefties, he struggled with control, but he was definitely projectable, reaching AA at 21. Unfortunately, that winter he got into a bar fight and was thrown down on his pitching arm. He missed a full year recovering, and when he came back he just had nothing left.

...You know what's interesting about that? I never thought about this before, but the Yankees left Taylor throw a million pitches at 20 and 21 (160 innings each year with tons of walks and strikeouts). I wonder if his arm would have fallen off even without the bar fight. (Steven Goldman)
2008-10-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Given the contracts that they would be looking to sign would you rather sign Pat Burrell or Manny Ramirez this offseason?
(Brian from brooklyn)
Manny Ramirez, and I love Pat Burrell as much as the next fan of his. I don't expect Manny to slug .700 forever, but there's not an NL team that can't use someone that can tear apart inferior pitching like he can. (Marc Normandin)
2008-10-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)Given what the difference in salary will be, would you rather sign Manny Ramirez of Pat Burrell (if you were the Mets)?
(Brian from brooklyn)
Probably Ramirez. It's close. I think I'd spend the marginal dollars for the extra 40 points of BA and the other stuff that comes with it, and the likelihood of a slower downslope. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-09-23 13:30:00 (link to chat)Hi Joe, thanks for the chat. If you had a vote, would Manny Ramirez crack your top 10 for the NL MVP?
(jtrichey from Indianapolis)
Without looking, I'll say "no." There are so many players having strong seasons in the NL that I can't see Ramirez, with negative defensive value, beating out 10 of them in full-season value. I mean, wouldn't you have to put Andre Ethier--who's matched Ramirez's performance at the plate since the trade, runs circles around him defensively and was there all year--ahead of Ramirez? (Joe Sheehan)
2008-09-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can Andre Ethier get a little more attention for what he's been doing, please?
(Odie from Portland)
Ethier has been tearing it up, no doubt, and I've been seeing quite a lot of his exploits lately. .390/.455/.820 over the past month, and .500/.582/.957 over the past two-ish weeks batting in front of Manny Ramirez. You had to know that the only way the whole Juan Pierre debacle could be put to rest was if Ethier went white-hot, and luckily, Little Peanuthead has one start since August 20. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-08-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)Manny Ramirez in a Joe Torre clubhouse? That should be interesting... ...Or does Joe not care anymore?
(Nick Stone from New York, NY)
Hey Nick! I think it will be fine so long as Manny's in the lineup instead of Pierre... He got what he asked for, so it's put-up-and-shut-up time for him. And let's face it, the only time Torre's really appeared to have had a problem tamping down on what was going on in the clubhouse was circa 2006 with regards to Alex Rodriguez, who's still bigger and more radioactive than Manny is right now. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Here's a fantasy question for you if you're interested. I'd much appreciate it. Someone in my league just traded Ryan Howard, Justin Verlander, Josh Beckett, Curtis Granderson and Manny Ramirez for Cliff Lee, Ervin Santana, Carlos Gomez, Torii Hunter, Erik Bedard and Garrett Atkins. A lot of people are screaming veto, and I have to agree. The trade doesn't have any 'needs-based' or 'long-term' mitigating factors, either. As an important aside, the team getting the first set of players is in third while the other guy is near the bottom. Would you exercise a veto on this deal? Thanks!
(havens from bristol, CT)
Are we assuming good faith in this deal? Often a league has someone in it who is the Randy Smith of fantasy GMs and just gets suckered by everybody. I think that guy is fair game -- if he wears diapers, he shouldn't have been allowed in the league in the first place. I'm not for exercising the veto except in really apparent cases of dumping... You know, there was a parallel case in actual baseball, where for awhile Bowie Kuhn was negating trades just because he didn't like the players involved. He was actually sitting there and passing judgment on what the GMs were doing. Imagine if Bud Selig came in and said "Mets, you're overpaying for Johan Santana. No deal." That kind of thing was happening, and the more obvious opposite case as well, where he would have said, "Twins, Carlos Gomez isn't good enough. You need to hold out for a better position player or no deal." Like much of Kuhn's reign it was pathetic and unintentionally comical. (Steven Goldman)
2008-05-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Brian Bannister said after being pounded in Texas last night (paraphrasing): I'm a fly ball pitcher who pitches to contact in with the wind blowing out, I'm the last pitching in baseball we wanted on the mound tonight. His intelligence is well-known by now, but isn't it still refreshing for a major leaguer, in one quote, to reference park factors and accurately assess his own abilities and shortcomings?
(BL from Bozeman, MT)
That's a fantastic comment. It'll never catch on, but I love hearing baseball players talk about baseball, instead of interpersonal relations, or spouting cliches, or what have you. Maybe they don't all have much to say, but wouldn't you love to talk about hitting mechanics with Barry Bonds or Manny Ramirez, or pitch selection with Pedro Martinez, or footwork with Jeff Kent? There's a lot of baseball out there to be covered in the gaps between this controversy and the next one. We're working on it. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-03-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)Christina: Travis Hafner, Kent Hrbek awaiting or just an injury plagued 07 and return to mashing? On the same note, who do you like the best this year of Manny Ramirez, Justin Morneau, or Travis Hafner? Thanks CK. Love your work.
(sriramk1027 from Palo ALto)
I'm not a Pronk believer, I'm sad to say. A short career arc for a guy who got a late start shouldn't have surprised everyone as much as it did.

From that trio, I'll pick Morneau, because I figure he'll regain ground lost last season while batting in the middle of a stronger overall Twins lineup. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-03-18 17:00:00 (link to chat)Jim, What does your crystal ball see in 2008 for Manny, Abreu and Andruw Jones ? Thanks.
(joe from mich)
I think Manny Ramirez will have a better year in 2008 than he did last year. I think Abreu will be about the same, perhaps a little worse, as he is getting into the decline phase of his career, and I think Jones will look better on paper but that we have seen the best he has to offer. Jones should hit more homers because Dodger Stadium treats folks that way, but the extra weight is troubling. All of these players are in the 2008 Prospectus Matchups Contest I'm currently running, which leads me to this next question.... (Jim Baker)
2008-03-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Manny Ramirez - contract year rebound or continued decline? I have to believe that, if he has another year like last year, neither the Red Sox nor anyone else will give him $20 MM a year going forward.
(Sully from Los Angeles)
I see it this way...if Manny does what he did last year, the Sox will probably be able to re-sign him for less money than he is making now after declining his option. If not, the Sox have to look elsewhere. As for whether he'll decline or not, I think we're done seeing the monster Manny campaigns, but he has spent a lot of time keeping in shape this winter in order to stave off the effects of aging. It would be interesting to see just how effective that can be, since normally he just works on his technique rather than physique.

I'm not sure he'll rebound, but I'll vote for stasis. (Marc Normandin)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableJake (California): How can I find statistics on multiple-home run games? I would like to find out who had the most multiple-home run games over the past few years.

That's a job for the awesome Baseball-Reference.com Play Index, which is well worth the subscription price if you lie awake at nights wondering such things.

Here's a list of multi-homer games since 2000: http://bbref.com/pi/shareit/b2ezk

Alex Rodriguez leads with 42 of them since then, followed by Manny Ramirez at 36 and Vlad Guerrero at 35. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-10-15 17:00:002009 NLCS Game One (Phillies/Dodgers)Belliard really does look like a miniature Manny Ramirez. (Eric Seidman)
2008-10-10 13:30:00Friday LCSCaray: "This is part of their offensive [plan] without Manny Ramirez."

Yeah, they had to adjust, going from a left fielder slugging .529 to one slugging .527.

I want a job where I can just make things up and have no one question me. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff Games108. Nice unintentional symbolism. I'm happy to see Lou didn't hang Zambrano out there. Seeing him go from 91 to 95 gave every indication that Zambrano was reaching back, the time he's most likely to get injured. Part of that is adrenaline as he faces Manny Ramirez, but credit to Lou for getting him out. I'd have rather seen him pulled for a pinch, but not that big a difference. (Will Carroll)
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff Games"SaberTJ (Cleveland): What kind of record could we have expected from the Dodgers if Furcal was healthy all season? This offense looks impressive. "

They were 18-12 when he went down, IIRC. So I think 90 wins was within reach, although I don't think they trade for Manny Ramirez in that universe. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff GamesEveryone go to Unfiltered right now. Eric Seidman's findings on Manny Ramirez are pretty cool. (Will Carroll)
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff GamesSteven,

Sure, but I actually REMEMBER Floyd coming up.

Ah, the Eastern League in 1993.

Cliff Floyd: .329/.412/.600 in 101 games with 26 HR and 31 SB
Manny Ramirez: .340/.416/.581 in 89 games (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff GamesSteven,

Floyd always makes me kind of sad. He's one of the ultimate 'what if' goes in terms of health. Back in the early 90s, the great debate over who was the best prospect in baseball revolved around him or Manny Ramirez. (Kevin Goldstein)
 

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