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Manny Ramirez

Ramirez at bat
Los Angeles Dodgers — No. 99
Left fielder
Born: May 30, 1972 (1972-05-30) (age 37)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
September 2, 1993 for the Cleveland Indians
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Batting average     .313
Home runs     546
Runs batted in     1,788
Hits     2,494
Career highlights and awards

Manuel "Manny" Aristides Ramírez Onelcida (born May 30, 1972, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) is a Dominican-American Major League Baseball left fielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers. A nine-time Silver Slugger, and one of 25 people to have hit over 500 career home runs, he is well recognized for his strong offensive abilities. His 21 career grand slams are the most by any active player, and the second-most all-time, behind Lou Gehrig's 23. His 28 career postseason home runs are also the most by any player in MLB history. For the past 11 years, Ramirez has been a fixture in the All-Star Game, and is a 12-time All-Star.

Ramirez was allegedly among a group of 104 major league players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs during 2003 survey testing.[1] In 2009, Ramirez was suspended 50 games for violating Major League Baseball's Performance Enhancing Drug policy for taking human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), a women's fertility drug typically used by steroid users to restart their body's natural testosterone production as they come off a steroid cycle.[2]



High school

Growing up in Washington Heights, New York City, New York, Ramirez attended George Washington High School, New York, graduating at the age of 19 years old. He was a 3-time All-City selection in baseball and as a high school senior was named New York City Public School Player of the Year in 1991, while batting .615 with 14 home runs in 22 games. He was inducted into the New York City Public School Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.

Minor leagues

The Cleveland Indians selected Ramirez with the 13th pick of the 1991 draft and assigned to the Rookie-level Burlington Indians for his professional debut. He was named the Appalachian League MVP and was selected by Baseball America as short-season Player of the Year while slugging 19 homers and driving in 63 runs in 59 games, while leading the league in slugging and total bases.

With the Single-A Kinston Indians in 1992, Ramirez battled injuries but still hit .278 with 13 homers and 63 RBI in 81 games and was named as the No.3 Prospect and the "Most Exciting Player in the Carolina League" by Baseball America.

In 1993, Ramirez was named "Minor League Player of the Year" by Baseball America while combining to hit .333 with 31 homers and 115 RBI in 129 games with the Double-A Canton-Akron Indians and Triple-A Charlotte Knights.

Cleveland Indians

Ramirez made his major league debut on September 2, 1993 against the Minnesota Twins, going hitless in four at-bats as the designated hitter. The following day against the New York Yankees he went 3 for 4 with 2 home runs and a double. His first career homer was against Mélido Pérez.

In his first full season in the majors, Ramirez finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting after batting .269 with 17 homers and 60 RBI in 91 games. He was selected to his first All-Star Game in 1995 and won his first career Silver Slugger Award following the season. In December 1995, Ramirez agreed to a $10.15 million, four-year contract.[3]

From 1993 to 2000, he had 236 home runs and 804 RBI in 967 games for the Cleveland Indians, including a career-high 45 home runs in 1998, and a career-high 165 RBI in 1999, when he hit .333 with 44 homers and scored a career-high 131 runs. On September 30, 1999 Ramirez set the Indians' single-season record for RBIs at 164, beating Hal Trosky's 1936 record of 162.[4] He finished the season with 165 RBI in 1999 were the highest total by any player since Jimmie Foxx (1938). During his time in Cleveland, he played in two World Series: 1995 and 1997.

Boston Red Sox


In December 2000, Ramirez signed an eight-year, $160 million deal with the Boston Red Sox, with $20 million options for 2009 and 2010, pushing the total value of the contract to $200 million for 10 years. [5] Ramirez immediately delivered for the Red Sox, hitting .408 in April. His final season stats were a .306 batting average with 41 home runs and 125 RBI. On June 23, Ramirez hit two monstrous home runs against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park, with the second one hitting the very top of the light tower in left field. The length of the home run was officially listed at 501 feet[6], just short of Ted Williams' record of 502 feet.[7]

Manny only played in 120 games in 2002, due to a hamstring injury that put him on the DL for more than a month from mid-May to the end of June. Despite this, Ramirez won the American League batting title, hitting .349, and his .647 slugging percentage was second in the league behind Jim Thome's .677. Ramirez hit his 300th career home run on August 26 against the Angels' Ramon Ortiz. It was the first of two home runs of the night for Ramirez, as he went 5-for-5 overall.

In the summer of 2003, Ramirez missed several games with pharyngitis. When it became public that he was spotted in a bar (in the same hotel where Ramirez lives) with a close friend, Yankees infielder Enrique Wilson when Ramirez was supposedly too ill to play in the Yankees series, Boston manager Grady Little benched him for one game. Despite his strong play in the 2003 postseason, the Red Sox lost to the Yankees in a seven game showdown in the ALCS. The new Red Sox ownership and management, trying to rid themselves of his massive contract, put Ramirez on irrevocable waivers, thus making him available to any team willing to assume the remainder of his contract. However, all 29 other teams passed on the opportunity to claim Ramirez.

2004 season

Ramirez at Red Sox victory parade

In 2004, Ramirez led the American League in home runs (43), slugging percentage (.613) and OPS (1.009); he finished third in RBI (130), sixth in on base percentage (.397), eighth in walks (82), tenth in runs (108), and posted a .308 batting average.

In addition, Ramirez and David Ortiz became the first pair of American League teammates to hit 40 home runs, have 100 RBI, and bat .300 since the Yankees' Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in 1931. Together they hit back-to-back home runs six times, tying the major league single-season mark set by the Detroit Tigers' Hank Greenberg and Rudy York and later matched by the Chicago White Sox's Frank Thomas and Magglio Ordóñez.

In the 2004 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Ramirez hit a two-run home run off Roger Clemens in the top of the first inning, giving his teammates a 3–0 lead. Ramirez, Derek Jeter (with a single), Ichiro Suzuki (with a double) and Iván Rodríguez (with a triple) became the first All-Star quartet to hit for the cycle during the same inning. His season was capped off by being named the MVP of the World Series as the Red Sox won their first title since 1918.


On May 15, Ramirez hit his 400th home run off Gil Meche of the Seattle Mariners. Ramirez is one of only 45 MLB players in the 400 home run club. On July 5, Ramirez hit his 20th career grand slam — and his third of the season — off Chris Young of the Texas Rangers. Off the field, this season was one of much conflict for Ramirez. Persistent trade rumors (generally involving the New York Mets) dogged him all season. After the Red Sox were eliminated in the first round of that year's playoffs by the eventual World Series champion Chicago White Sox, Ramirez once again expressed a wish to be traded. This included a threat to not show up for spring training if his latest demand was not met by Red Sox GM Theo Epstein. Toward this end, in December 2005, Ramirez put his Ritz-Carlton condominium up for sale.

Trade rumors circulated with Ramirez possibly going to the Baltimore Orioles or Mets, but no deal was reached. By January 5, 2006, Ramirez changed his mind, stating to ESPN Deportes he was dropping the demand. His agents, in turn, insisted their client was still open to a trade.[8]

On June 10, Ramirez became the 31st player in history to hit 450 home runs, with a solo shot off Francisco Cordero of the Texas Rangers. Three weeks later, on July 1, he collected his 2000th hit. The remainder of the season was feast or famine for Ramirez: beginning in mid-July, he had a 28-game hitting streak, including 12 multi-hit games, 8 HR, and 28 RBI, but then missed 28 games from mid-August on with soreness in his right knee.


Manny Ramirez warming up before a game in 2007.

On April 22, Ramirez was the first of four Red Sox batters to homer in consecutive at bats in a game against the Yankees, tying a league record. All of the home runs were against Chase Wright.[9] On April 29, Ramirez became the fifth player to hit 50 career home runs against the New York Yankees.

Ramirez had a well below average year, finishing with a .296 batting average, 20 home runs, and 88 runs batted in. His season was cut short when he strained his left oblique in late August during a New York Yankees series, but he did return to the lineup for the final home stand of the season. In 2007, he had the highest fielding percentage, .990, among left fielders in the American League,[10] tied for second in the Major League; he was ranked 6th highest in range factor of all AL left fielders, 1.72,[11] 16th in both leagues, but had the lowest zone rating of Major League left fielders with 100+ games: .713. [12] He made two errors during the 2007 season in left field,[13] and tied for 5th overall in the Majors in assists from left field.[13]

In the postseason, Ramirez hit a walk-off 3-run home run in Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. In the fourth inning of the series' final game, Ramirez combined with teammate David Ortiz to hit back-to-back home runs off pitcher Jered Weaver. This home run tied him with Bernie Williams for first place all-time in postseason home runs.[14] On October 13, Ramirez hit his 23rd postseason home run, passing Bernie Williams for the most all-time.

He helped the Red Sox to reach and win the 2007 World Series, where they swept the Colorado Rockies. In the 2007 postseason, Ramirez batted .348 with 4 home runs and 16 RBI.

On May 31, 2008, Ramirez hit his 500th home run, against Baltimore Orioles pitcher Chad Bradford at Camden Yards in the 7th inning on the first pitch, becoming the 24th player in MLB history to do so. He joined two other Red Sox players, Jimmie Foxx and Ted Williams in this exclusive home run club.

On June 5, during a game at Fenway against the Tampa Bay Rays, an altercation between Manny Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis resulted from Ramirez objecting to what he believed was excessive - and chronic - complaining about the strike zone by Youkilis in the dugout, as well as the first baseman's penchant for throwing equipment after at-bats. Before the fifth inning - and after the Red Sox-Rays punching session - Ramirez was caught on NESN cameras slapping Youkilis. Ramirez and Youkilis exchanged words and had to be separated by teammates, coaches, and training staff. Youkilis headed out to the field still barking at Ramirez, while Ramirez was escorted into the tunnel leading to the clubhouse by bench coach Brad Mills and trainer Paul Lessard. According to three sources, Ramirez had provoked Youkilis telling him to "cut that [expletive] out."[15] Later in the season, during the series with the Houston Astros, Ramirez had a physical altercation with Red Sox traveling secretary Jack McCormick. The two were arguing over Ramirez's large game-day request for 16 tickets to the game in Houston, when Ramirez reportedly pushed McCormick to the ground after saying "Just do your job." The two were quickly separated and Ramirez later apologized for his behavior.[16][17] The matter was dealt with internally and Ramirez was fined.

On July 25, after sitting out one game against the Seattle Mariners with a sore knee, Ramirez was originally slated to start against the Yankees. Several minutes before the game, however, he informed manager Terry Francona, through a bench coach, that he would not be playing. During this series against the Yankees Ramirez was directed to an area hospital for an MRI on both knees, the results showed no damage.[18] When back in action, Ramirez frequently did not run out ground balls. Assuming that this was due to his displeasure about his contract situation, many Red Sox fans and reporters, including Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe, called for Ramirez to be traded.

Los Angeles Dodgers

A "Mannywood" banner in Downtown Los Angeles.
Manny Ramirez at Dodger Stadium when the Dodgers clinched the NL West, September 25, 2008

On July 31, 2008, Manny was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a three-way deal, in which he was almost traded to the Florida Marlins. The Boston Red Sox acquired outfielder Jason Bay and minor league infielder Josh Wilson,[19] and the Pittsburgh Pirates got infielder Andy LaRoche, and pitching prospect Bryan Morris from the Dodgers, and outfielder Brandon Moss and pitcher Craig Hansen from the Red Sox.[20]

Ramirez has always worn uniform number 24, but the Dodgers have retired that number in honor of Hall-of-Fame manager Walter Alston. Ramirez countered the Dodgers' suggestion of 28 by suggesting 34, but no Dodger has worn that number since Fernando Valenzuela. Ramirez finally accepted number 99, but the next day asked for 28, the Dodgers' original suggestion. However, the Dodgers' marketing department had already begun producing merchandise with number 99, so Ramirez stuck with that number.

Ramirez was named the National League Player of the Month for August 2008. He hit .415 (44-for-106) with seven doubles, nine home runs, 25 RBI and 21 runs scored during the month. He finished the season with the Dodgers hitting a .396 batting average, 17 home runs, and 53 RBI.[21]

Ramirez finished the season with 37 home runs and 121 runs batted in. Among all major leaguers, he finished 3rd in batting average, 2nd in slugging percentage, and 3rd in OPS. WIth Ramirez in the line-up, the Dodgers won the National League West, then swept the Chicago Cubs in a division series before losing the National League Championship Series to the eventual World Series winner Philadelphia Phillies in five games. During the playoffs, Manny hit .520 with 4 home runs, 2 doubles, 11 walks and 10 RBI.

Ramirez was fourth in the voting for the 2008 NL MVP award, with 138 points, behind Albert Pujols, Ryan Howard, and Ryan Braun.[2]

After the Dodgers lost in the playoffs, Manny was asked about his future. "Gas is up, and so am I", was his reply, indicating that he expected to be valued highly in the free agent market. After long and contentious negotiations that dragged into the start of spring training, Ramirez signed a two-year $45 million contract with Los Angeles on March 4.[22]


On May 7, 2009, Ramirez was suspended 50 games for violating Major League Baseball's Performance Enhancing Drug policy.[23] In the announcement provided by Major League Baseball, Ramirez was suspended for an unspecified violation of section 8.G.2 of the joint drug agreement. Shortly after his suspension was announced, Ramirez stated that he had seen a physician who unknowingly prescribed medication that is banned under the MLB drug policy. After consulting with the MLBPA Players' Association, Ramirez waived his right to challenge the suspension.[24] According to an ESPN report, the drug used by Ramirez is human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), a women's fertility drug typically used by steroid users to restart their body's natural testosterone production as they come off a steroid cycle. It is similar to Clomid, the drug Barry Bonds, Jason Giambi and others used as clients of BALCO.[25]

During his suspension, Ramirez was allowed to workout at the Dodgers' facilities and he trained with Dodger coach Manny Mota.[26] To get back into shape he was allowed a short rehab stint in the minor leagues.[27] Ranirez played two games with the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes, where his appearance led to record crowds for the Isotopes. [28] He played several games with the Single-A Inland Empire 66ers, homering in his first at-bat with the 66ers. [29] Ramirez returned from his suspension and reclaimed his starting role with the Dodgers on July 3 against the San Diego Padres.[30]

On July 21, Ramirez hit his 537th career home run, passing Mickey Mantle for 15th place on the all-time home run list.[31]

On July 30, The New York Times reported that Ramirez tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs during Major League Baseball's 2003 survey testing.[1] Ramirez, a member of the Boston Red Sox at the time, was among 104 major league players to test positive.[1]

Personal life

Originally from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in 1985, Ramirez joined his parents who relocated from the Dominican Republic to Washington Heights, a predominantly Dominican neighborhood in New York City. He played outfield for George Washington High School from 1989–1991.[32]

In 2004, Ramirez missed a Red Sox game to become an American citizen.[33] He entered the next game running onto the field to a standing ovation while carrying a small American flag held in his hand. He planted the flag in the left outfield corner of the field, in the shadow of the Green Monster, where it remained for the entire game.

Ramirez has three sons: Manuelito "Manny" Ramirez (b. 1995) from a previous relationship; Manny Ramirez, Jr. (b. 2003), and Lucas Ramirez (b. February 2006) with his current wife Juliana. In the off-season, the family lives in Weston, Florida.


Manny Ramirez asks the first base umpire if he went around on a swing.

Many stories depict Ramirez as a carefree individual whose concentration is dedicated solely to playing baseball. One story took place in his early years with the Cleveland Indians in June 1994. As teammates were gathered in the Indians clubhouse watching news of the O.J. Simpson Bronco chase, Ramirez asked what was going on. A player responded, "they are chasing O.J.", to which Ramirez responded in disbelief, "What did Chad do?" (in reference to their current teammate Chad Ogea).[34]

Ramirez has been described as a prima donna[35] and has periodically displayed a lack of enthusiasm and/or concentration, with mental lapses in both the outfield or running the bases. These incidents are typically described as "Manny Moments" or "Manny Being Manny." The first known documented usage[36] of the phrase "Manny Being Manny" is attributed to then-Indians manager Mike Hargrove, quoted in a 1995 Newsday article.[37]

Off the field

  • In 2007, Ramirez requested and received permission from the Red Sox to arrive late to spring training for family reasons. It was later revealed that during his absence Ramirez was scheduled to appear at the Atlantic City Classic car auction.[38] It is unclear whether the appearance was scheduled before or after the family situation. Ramirez chose not to attend the auction.[39] A remodeled car that Ramirez had put up for bidding at the auction did not generate a high enough bid to be sold.[40]
  • Ramirez missed the White House reception for the Red Sox 2007 World Series championship. President George W. Bush quipped: "I'm sorry [Ortiz'] running mate, Manny Ramirez, isn't here. I guess his grandmother died again. Just kidding. Tell Manny I didn't mean it."[41]

Career statistical highlights

  • Led League
    • American League batting crown (2002, .349)[42]
    • Led AL in home runs (2004, 43)[42]
    • Led AL in RBI (1999, 165)[42]
    • 3-time led AL in slugging percentage (1999–2000, 2004)[42]
    • 3-time led AL in OPS (1999–2000, 2004)[42]
    • 3-time led AL in on base percentage (2002–03, 2006)[42]
    • Twice led AL in intentional walks (2001, 2003)[42]
  • League Top-Ten
    • 8-time Top 10 AL in total bases (1996–99, 2001,2003–05)[42]
    • 8-time Top 10 AL MVP (1998–2005)[42]
    • 9-time Top 10 AL in home runs (1998–2006)[42]
    • 8-time Top 10 AL in RBI (1995, 1998, 1999–2001, 2004, 2005)[42]
    • 5-time Top 10 AL hitters (1997, 1999–2000, 2003, 2006)
    • 6-time Top 10 AL in times on base (1997, 1999, 2003–05)[42]
  • Honors
  • Postseason
    • 2-Time World Series Champion (Boston, 2004, 2007)
    • Tied with Pete Rose for longest LCS hitting streak (15) [45]
  • Other
  • Career rankings among active players and on the All-Time lists (as of the end of the 2009 season)
    • 546 home runs - 4th and 15th
    • 21 grand slams - 1st and 2nd (to Lou Gehrig)
    • 1788 RBI - 4th and 23rd
    • .313 batting average - 7th and 78th (tie)
    • .410 on base percentage - 7th and 36th
    • .591 slugging average - 3rd and 8th
    • 1.001 OPS - 4th and 10th
    • 1025 extra base hits - 4th (tie) and 24th (tie)
    • 212 intentional walks - 3rd and 10th[48]
    • 28 postseason home runs - 1st
    • 74 postseason RBI - 1st

Sponsorship and endorsement deals

See also


  1. ^ a b c Schmidt, Michael (2009-07-30). "Ortiz and Ramirez Said to Be on 2003 Doping List". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-07-30.  
  2. ^ New York Times, July 30, 2009
  3. ^ Chass, Murray (December 8, 1995). "Yankees Take a Gamble By Yielding on McDowell". The New York Times. Retrieved January 13, 2010.  
  4. ^ Associated Press (October 1, 1999). "One out of two gives Yankees AL East title". Google News Archive Search. The Free Lance–Star.,86143&dq=manny-ramirez+hal-trosky&hl=en. Retrieved January 13, 2010.  
  5. ^ "Inside Manny's Ramirez's contract". USA Today. 2000-12-12. Retrieved 2009-01-15.  
  6. ^ Manny Ramirez Chronology. Accessed July 31, 2008. "On June 23 he hits a 501 foot home run, second-longest by a Red Sox player in Fenway Park's history (Ted Williams hit a 502-foot shot in 1946).
  7. ^ "Ted Williams, Fenway Park, June 9, 1946", HitTracker Online. Accessed July 31, 2008. "On June 9, 1946, Ted Williams hit a Fred Hutchinson pitch further than anyone has ever seen one hit at Fenway Park. The ball flew off his bat to right field, and flew, and flew, finally landing on the straw hat of a startled fan in the 37th row of the right field bleachers, which was painted red some years later to commemorate the event."
  8. ^ Newman, Mark (2006-01-03). "Hot Stove: Miggy-Manny talks heat up". Hot Stove Report ( Retrieved 2006-08-10.  
  9. ^ "BoSox hit four straight home runs, sweep Yankees". April 22, 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-28.  
  10. ^ "MLB Player Fielding Stats: 2007"
  11. ^
  12. ^ ESPN - MLB Baseball Fielding Statistics and League Leaders - Major League Baseball
  13. ^ a b ESPN - MLB Baseball Fielding Statistics and League Leaders - Major League Baseball
  14. ^ Career Batting Postseason Leaders -
  15. ^ FanNation | Truth&Rumors | MLB
  16. ^ Sean McAdam (2008-06-30). "Manny Ramirez apologizes after shoving Sox' traveling secretary". Providence Journal. Retrieved 2008-06-30.  
  17. ^ - Your expert source for MLB Baseball stats, scores, standings, blogs and fantasy news from MLB Baseball columnists
  18. ^ Roger Rubin, New York Daily News July 26, 2008, Suddenly, Manny Ramirez's knee OK against Yankees at Fenway
  19. ^ Robert Lee (2008-08-03). "Shortstop Wilson goes to PawSox as part of Manny-for-Bay deal". Providence Journal. Retrieved 2008-08-04.  
  20. ^ Heyman, Jon (2008-07-31). "Manny traded to Dodgers, Bay headed to Boston". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2008-07-31.  
  21. ^ [1]
  22. ^ Dodgers, Manny sign two-year deal
  23. ^ Bill Shaikin and Dylan Hernandez, Manny Ramirez will be suspended 50 games for positive drug test, Los Angeles Times, May 7, 2009.
  24. ^ "Manny to serve 50-game suspension". ESPN. Retrieved 2009-05-07.  
  25. ^ "Sources: Ramirez used fertility drug". ESPN. Retrieved 2009-05-07.  
  26. ^ Manny finding his rhythm in workouts
  27. ^ Manny to begin Minors stint on Tuesday
  28. ^
  29. ^ Manny homers in first at-bat in Class
  30. ^ Though hitless, Manny injects spark into LA
  31. ^ Manny passes Mantle on home run list
  32. ^ Berkow, Ira. "BASEBALL; For Manny Ramirez, To Play Is the Thing", The New York Times, September 3, 1993. Accessed June 11, 2008.
  33. ^ "Ramirez leaves a team to join a nation". The Boston Globe. 2004-05-11. Retrieved 2008-06-13.  
  34. ^ Kubatko, Roch (2005-12-14). "Kenny Lofton?". Roch around the clock. The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2006-08-10.  
  35. ^ Editorial (2008-07-31). "Manny Behaving Badly". Hartford Courant.,0,6841517.story. Retrieved 2008-07-31. "He is a great player, but he comes across as an unwitting prima donna, an out-of-control child who always wants more."  
  36. ^ Mike Hume (2008-10-15). "A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE PHRASE "MANNY BEING MANNY"". ESPN The Magazine. ESPN. Retrieved 2008-10-18. "...according to the Lexis Nexis search engine...The very first usage of the phrase in print was attributed to then-Indians manager Mike Hargrove in a 1995 Newsday story."  
  37. ^ Jon Heyman (1995-05-16). "BASEBALL HOMECOMING". Newsday. p. A.60.  
  38. ^ ESPN - Manny had scheduled personal appearance - MLB
  39. ^ Manny Ramirez : - Manny Ramirez Biography from
  40. ^ The Sporting Scene: Waiting for Manny: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker
  41. ^ Bender, B. "Bush roasts, toasts champions" February 27, 2008.
  42. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Manny Ramirez Statistics". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved 2008-09-08.  
  43. ^ "World Series MVP".  
  44. ^ Sanchez, Jesse (2005-10-26). "Latino Legends team announced: Clemente, Carew, Manny, Pedro, Pujols among 12 honorees". Retrieved 2008-08-01.  
  45. ^ "Ramirez had his LCS-hitting streak end at 15 games".  
  46. ^ "Players with 20-game hitting streaks, one season".  
  47. ^ "Five hundred!".  
  48. ^ Baseball Reference
  49. ^ "MVP Baseball 2005". Retrieved 2007-07-28.  

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Manny Ramírez
LA Dodgers
Born: May 30, 1972 (1972-05-30) (age 38)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
September 2, 1993 for the Cleveland Indians
Career statistics
(through June 6, 2008)
Batting average    .313
Home runs    505
Runs batted in    1,651
Career highlights and awards
  • 9x Silver Slugger Award winner (1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006)
  • 11x All-Star selection (1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)
  • 2x World Series champion (2004, 2007)
  • Led AL in batting average in 2002
  • Led AL in home runs in 2004
  • Led AL in runs batted in in 1999
  • Manuel Aristides "Manny" Ramírez Onelcida (born May 30, 1972 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) is an American Major League Baseball player. The Boston Red Sox recently traded Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Jason Bay on July 31, 2008. He is a nine-time Silver Slugger and one of twenty-four people to have hit over 500 career home runs. He is well recognized for his strong offensive abilities. Ramirez has the most career grand slams of any active baseball player, and has led the American League is three key batting measures: batting average, home runs and runs batted in. For the past ten years, Ramírez has been a fixture in the Midsummer Classic, and is an eleven-time All-Star. In 2004, he was named the Most Valuable Player of the World Series after helping the Red Sox win their first World Series championship in over 85 years.


    Statistics of Ramirez as of June 6, 2008:

    1993 CLE2253591025028.170.200.302
    1994 CLE912905178220176044272.269.357.521
    1995 CLE1374848514926131107675112.308.402.558
    1996 CLE1525509417045333112885104.309.399.582
    1997 CLE150561991844002688279115.328.415.538
    1998 CLE15057110816835245145576121.294.377.599
    1999 CLE14752213117434344165296131.333.442.663
    2000 CLE1184399215434238122186117.351.457.697
    2001 BOS1425299316233241125081147.306.405.609
    2002 BOS120436841523103310707385.349.450.647
    2003 BOS1545691171853613710439794.325.427.587
    2004 BOS15256810817544043130282124.308.397.613
    2005 BOS15255411216230145144180119.292.388.594
    2006 BOS13044979144271351020100102.321.439.619
    2007 BOS13348384143331208807192.296.388.493
    2008 BOS592263968141144712652.301.380.544
    Total 16 years2,0097,2841,3812,277485185031,649351,1511,595.313.409.591

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