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Manny Ramirez

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Welcome back Manny???

  • May 11, 2009
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Since former Red Sox General Manager Dan Duquette made his deal with the devil by signing Manny Ramirez to an 8 year, $160 million contact back in 2000 Red Sox fans have seen it all.   True, he was extremely instrumental in helping the Red Sox win their first World Championship in 86 years back in 2004.  And there can be no denying that he was also a major part of the 2007 World Championship team as well.  But as most Red Sox fans will readily admit this success came at a very high price.  When Manny Ramirez was dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers just minutes before the trade deadline last July 31st most Red Sox fans breathed a huge sigh of relief.  For most of seven and a half seasons Manny had been a handful for the manager, his teammates and for the fans as well.   But this time Manny Ramirez had worn out his welcome.  Most Red Sox fans opined that it was more important to jettison Manny than to win another championship.  People take their baseball very seriously around here and most of us had grown quite tired of Manny's act.
In his time here in Boston Manny demanded to be traded at least 4 or 5 times.  In a game in Philadelphia on Labor Day 2003 he refused to pinch-hit when called upon by manager Grady Little.  During a rehab assignment at AAA Pawtucket Manny actually left the clubhouse in the middle of a game without telling anyone to go have his hair cut at a local salon!  It was just Manny being Manny they said.  Several times during his stint here Manny showed up late for spring training.  There was always some lame excuse but he wasn't fooling many of us.   Several times during the course of the season Manny would demand a day off.   Manager Terry Francona usually obliged his tempremental star but one could not help but notice that it was usually on a day when Manny was slated to face a pitcher he had a particularly difficult time with.  For most of us the final straw came when Manny shoved Red Sox traveling secretary Jack McCormick to the ground when McCormick could not fulfill Manny's last minute request for 16 tickets to that nights game.  Shortly thereafter Manny was asked to pinch-hit in a crucial situation late in a game and he took 3 called strikes.  Most fans, sportswriters and many of his teammates believe he did it deliberately.  The situation had become untenable.
So now Manny is a Los Angeles Dodger.  He sure put fannies in the seats last August and September and was credited with reviving interest in this fabled franchise.  Here In 2009 Manny Ramirez was off to a reasonably good start.   Meanwhile, his Dodger teammates came out of the gate like gangbusters and had opened up an impressive lead in the N.L. West.  But all that changed on Friday May 8 when Manny was suspended for failing a drug test.  You know, as much as I came to despise Manny and all of his antics I really did not think that he was a cheater.  Recent developments seem to indicate otherwise.  For the rest of his career Manny Ramirez will be viewed as damaged goods by just about everyone.   His election to Baseball's Hall of Fame now appears to be in serious jeopardy.  I am glad it is the Dodgers who have to deal with this stuff and not the Red Sox.   Jason Bay has been such a breath of fresh air!   We here in New England have had our fill of Manny.   And oh, by the way, the other day I heard a report on the radio that the Dodgers are encouraging their fans to travel to San Diego for the July 3rd game with the Padres to "WELCOME MANNY BACK".  You have got to be kidding me!   
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May 12, 2009
Great review Paul. Excellent work. I'd be interested in your take on Mark Mcguire. He seems to still get lambasted more than any other steroid user for his decision not to lie in front of Congress, but it seems to me he may be the only baseball star of the past 15 years who wasn't an out and out liar. Not to mention the fact that compared to guys like ARod, Clemens and Manny, he was a model citizen.
May 11, 2009
great review Paul... i guess you can say this is just Drifter being Drifter. I'm really bummed with this Manny news. I'm a lifelong dodger fan, but with all the ownership changes, escalating ticket prices, and lack of post season excitement recently, it's been kind of a bummer... even seems like Angel fans, @PeccatorImpius, have had more to be excited about. Manny brought some great energy back to the Dodgers, however his late signing this year even caused me to pass on my season tickets for the first time in MANY years, but now this. I agree, it's really a crying shame.
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Quick Tip by . April 11, 2011
Ramirez tarnished his own image plenty during his active years, but when he announced his retirement immediately following an announcement by MLB that he would be investigated for PEDs, his star sank just a bit more in my mind.
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Manual "Manny" Aristides Ramirez was born May 30, 1972 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Raised a short distance from Yankee Stadium, Ramirez attended George Washington High School in Washington Heights, a neighborhood in New York City. While attending the school, he was named All-City in 1989, 1990 and 1991 and was the New York City Public Schools High School Player of the Year in 1991.

Recruited to join the Majors out of high school, Ramirez, soon proved to be one of the best hitters in league. He played with the Cleveland Indians from 1993-2000 and the Boston Red Sox in 2001 (where he helped the Red Sox end an 86-year losing streak to become World Champions in a four-game World Series sweep against the St. Louis Cardinals in 2004). He was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008.

Manny is a Major league baseball left fielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He has been well recognized for his dynamic offensive abilities, as a nine-time silver slugger and one of twenty five people to have hit over 500 career home runs. He currently holds the active player record for 20 career grand slams. Ramirez' authorized biography, titled "Becoming Manny: Inside the Life of Baseball's Most Enigmatic Slugger" was released on March 10, 2009.

Among active players in 2008, Ramirez ranked third in RBIs (1,672), fifth in home runs (510), sixth in on-base percentage (.409) and seventh in batting average (.312). Ramirez and his wife, Juliana, have their off-season home in ...

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Position: LF
Rookie Year: 1993
Birth Date: May 30, 1972
Birth Place: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 200
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