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Manny Ramirez by the numbers

Apr 8, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

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Forgetting all of the other stuff for a moment, let’s marvel at just how good of a hitter Manny Ramirez was over the course of 19 major league seasons.

– Ramirez finishes his career with a .312/.411/.585 line.  He ranks 87th all-time in average, 32nd in on-base percentage and ninth in slugging percentage.  His .996 career OPS ranks ninth all-time:

1. Babe Ruth – 1.164
2. Ted Williams – 1.116
3. Lou Gehrig – 1.080
4. Barry Bonds – 1.051
5. Albert Pujols – 1.048
6. Jimmie Foxx – 1.038
7. Hank Greenberg – 1.017
8. Rogers Hornsby – 1.010
9. Ramirez – .996
10. Mark McGwire – .982

– 14th all-time with 555 homers.
– 18th all-time with 1,831 RBI
– 24th all-time with 547 doubles
– 26th all-time with 4,826 total bases
– 56th all-time with 1,544 runs scored
– 82nd all-time with 2,574 hits
– 11th all-time with 216 intentional walks
– 13th all-time with 14.9 AB/HR

– Ramirez is 42nd all-time in times on base, compared to just 131st in outs made.

– Ramirez had four 40-homer seasons, leading the AL in 2004 with 43 homers.

– His 165-RBI campaign in 1999 gives him the highest total anyone has amassed since Jimmie Foxx drove in 175 runs for the Red Sox in 1938.

– Ramirez led the AL in OPS in 1999, 2000 and 2004 and finished second on three other occasions. From 1999-2004, he never finished with an OPS under 1.000.

– He led the AL in OBP in 2002, 2003 and 2006.

– Ramirez hit 21 grand slams, which ranks second in MLB history behind Gehrig’s 23.

– Joined with David Ortiz in finishing with a .300 average, 40 homers and 100 RBI in 2004, making them the first pair of teammates to do so since Ruth and Gehrig in 1931.

– Hit .295/.394/.544 in 111 postseason games, playing for two World Series winners with the Red Sox in 2004 and 2007. In 2004, he was the World Series MVP.

– Ranks first all-time with 29 postseason homers, seven more than Bernie Williams. He’s second to Williams with 78 RBI.

  1. jbartlett79 - Apr 8, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    It’s also worth noting that, since he bats right-handed, he’s among the best RHB to ever play the game. Much of the list above are left-handed batters, and LHB have the platoon advantage much more often than RHB.

    To wit: Ruth, Williams, Gehrig, and Bonds (1 through 4 on that OPS list) were all left-handed batters.

    This also means, of course, that Albert Pujols might finish his career as the best RHB of all time… at least by this particular metric.

    • florida76 - Apr 8, 2011 at 8:31 PM

      Impressive numbers, but we don’t know how much of those stats are real. Ditto for Bonds, it’s part of the price these guys have to pay for cheating. And if someday Pujols is found to have cheated(hopefully not), his career will be tainted as well.

      Even if Manny didn’t cheat and all his numbers were real, I wouldn’t have put him in the same league with a Ted Williams, as an all time great. Lack of passion for the game, and turned into a cancer when he didn’t get his way. Even his failure to promptly notify the Rays about this latest situation pretty much sums up his entire career.

      • paperlions - Apr 8, 2011 at 10:34 PM

        We also know that “these guys” had to compete against pitchers that used steroids, that at least as many pitchers as hitters used steroids, and that steroids have a larger measurable positive effect on pitcher performance than on hitter performance.

      • prionogenic - Apr 8, 2011 at 11:36 PM

        Some people forget that Ted Williams spent 3 years in the military in his prime, the 3 years after he posted: .356/36HR/137RBI! With those 3 years he lost in service of our country he could’ve hit another 100-120 homers and beat Ruth’s record.

      • Lukehart80 - Apr 9, 2011 at 1:29 AM

        Williams actually missed closer to five seasons due to military service, but adding 120 HR to his totals wouldn’t have allowed him to break Ruth’s record.

      • paperlions - Apr 9, 2011 at 9:42 AM

        Oh come on, no one forgets that Williams lost all that time in military service. Even if someone wanted to forget it, they couldn’t thanks to the courtesy of constant reminders.

      • The Baseball Idiot - Apr 9, 2011 at 5:19 PM

        How are the stats not real? You just read them at the top of the page. Did you think he was rolling dice and making them up?

        They’re real, because that’s what he actually did. How more real do you need it?

  2. rjones58 - Apr 8, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    Thank goodness he is gone. Baseball does not need him or is attitude. All of what ever records he may have are tainted. Baseball is Much BETTER with him.

    • Ari Collins - Apr 8, 2011 at 9:26 PM

      Agree with your last sentence, anyway.

  3. rjones58 - Apr 8, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    WithOUT him…..sorry

  4. rossesmithii - Apr 8, 2011 at 10:43 PM

    Hope he wrote this kind of article about Bonds and his hitting, just to be consistence.

  5. klbader - Apr 8, 2011 at 11:29 PM

    I think he also has the most PED-related suspensions in baseball history as well.

  6. Jack Marshall - Apr 9, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Williams lost nearly 5 years to two wars, not three.

  7. melikefootball - Apr 9, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Lets marvel on how he cheated and felt he was above all to do it again.. Not to smart to get caught and now we want to look at what a great pure hitter he was. What about being a PURE ball player without help of drugs to give you a leg up on the other players. Please lets not make hime more than what he was…A CHEATER!!!! He now sits on the same bench as Bonds.

    • florida76 - Apr 9, 2011 at 1:27 PM

      Exactly, and we can’t use moral relativism here by suggesting because some pitchers were cheating everything is pretty much a wash. Two wrongs simply don’t make a right, no matter how you look at it. Manny’s numbers are tainted, along with other cheaters like Bonds, both players got what they deserved.

  8. macjacmccoy - Apr 9, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    The fact that he risked getting caught again after getting caught the first times tells you he thought he would get away with it. No way he does if he knows he wont get away with it. So just because he didnt get caught in those 4-5 year between when they really started testing and getting caught doesnt mean he wasnt using. He probably was but wasnt getting caught which probably gave him the idea that he could get away with it this time.

    So for everyone who is argueing he wasnt a creation of steroids bc of those 4 years and the production he had during them really has no reason to believe that he wasnt using steroids then either. Drug tests arent unbeatable especially with the kind of resources these players have at there disposal. It can be as easy as having someone give you a warning when you are going to be tested and then stop using. Also steroids arent the kind of drug that only works when your on them. You keep about a 3rd of your gains even when you stop using. So even if he wasnt using them during that 4 year period (which is a big if) that doesnt mean his production wasnt being great assisted by peformance enhancing drugs.

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