08 April 2011
I know that his is a Florida Marlins blog and that Manny Ramirez has no ties to the Marlins organization, but it is still big news when a player of his stature retires. It is also even bigger news when a player of his stature chooses to retire after failing a second drug test. Manny was a 12-time All-Star and 9-time Silver Slugger, who accumulated some great numbers over his 19 year career (555 HR, 1831 RBI, 2574 H, .312 BA), is on numbers alone a Hall of Famer hitter. Unlike a Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa who were mainly just power hitters, Manny was able to hit for both power and average threw out much of his career (however I maybe a better defensive outfielder than he is).
Although now with Manny having tested positive on a drug test for a second time, his production numbers are as questionable as the aforementioned sluggers. At least with Bonds, Sosa, and McGwiure they all have the ability so say that they never failed a drug test so all steroids allegations are hearsay, but Manny now has 2 positive tests, so if those other big name players do not get voted into the Hall it is almost a sure thing now that Manny will be left out as well. When asked about the topic of Manny and the Hall of Fame, Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said, "He had a good career. Hall of Famer, I don’t know. There are a lot of things involved…It’s a shame because he can hit. He can play this game for another two or three more years". While I personally have my doubt about Manny having that kind of longevity left in his career it is a shame that Manny and many others from the steroids era will most likely never make it to the Hall of Fame. Personally I would put all these guys in and make a not in the record books about the Steroids era, just the same way I would put a note in about early records were done without Blacks, Asians, and Hispanics being allowed to play.
Hanley Ramirez was a former teammate of Manny's in Boston and commented today about his former teammate, "Every head is in a different world and everybody decides their own life. He looked happy. He told me he was going to have a big year when we were in Port Charlotte [during spring training]…Tremendous ballplayer. Tremendous hitter. Clutch hitter. I’m not going to watch him anymore hitting. I’m going to miss that. He’s done a lot of good things in baseball.”
Manny almost became a Marlins a few years ago when the Boston Red Sox were looking to trade him away, after he all but quit on them. The Marlins were willing to trade away Jeremy Hermida, but refused to trade away a prospect named Mike Stanton, even though the Marlins had a real chance to make the playoffs that year if they made the trade. Eventually, the Red Sox traded him to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Personally I was happy that he never became a Marlins. Manny was a defensive liability even in a short left field of Boston, never mind what he would have been in a huge outfield like at Sun Life Stadium. Also I was very much against the trade at the time because the Marlins were a very young team at the time, especially Hanley Ramirez, and I did not want them to pick up any of the Diva antics that a player like Manny had shown to have during his time in Boston (after all the dude did quit on his team so that he could force his way out of Boston).
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