Sunday, February 24, 2008
David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez are unlike any other hitters in baseball. They're the one, two punch that every team dreams of having. Trying to imagine what life for the Red Sox would be without the two of them, is a nightmare I'm not looking forward to. So as I was reading an article written by Ian Browne, which can be found on www.redsox.com, about how David Ortiz thinks the Red Sox should keep Manny Ramirez after the 2008 season; I started to think how much Manny, has done for this team. I looked at all his crazy numbers that he has put up throughout his career, with and without Ortiz. For instance in the five years Manny and Ortiz have been teammates, Manny's numbers are as follows; he has a batting avg. of .308, 180 HR, 568 RBI, .408 OBP, .569 SLG, and 826 hits in 2738 AB. Also he averaged 36 HR and 113.6 RBI per year. In Comparison Ortiz's numbers are as follows; .302 AVG, 208 HR, 642 RBI, .401 OBP, .611 SLG, and 826 hits in 2778 AB. Per year he averaged, 41.6 HR and 128.4 RBI. And if those weren't enough numbers for ya I went a little further, I looked at their numbers during playoffs and noticed something weird. In four out of the past five years that they went, their numbers are almost identical. Manny's numbers are as follows; a .321 AVG, 11 HR, 38 RBI, .417 OBP, .630 SLG, and 53 hits in 165 AB. Here are Ortiz's numbers; a .325 AVG, 11 HR, 38 RBI, .410 OBP, .643 SLG, and 52 hits in 160 AB. So if you were to ask me if I think the Red Sox should pick up the aging outfielder's extension or not I would definitely say yes. For these two simple reasons; one being that if he left, they would have to fill in his spot with someone else, whom I doubt could put up similar numbers and the other being if he were to head to another team and then face the Red Sox, I don't know about you, but personally I would never want to have to worry about his bat. Now I know almost every year there is drama between them in whether he wants to be traded or not, but I think he's finally comfortable being there. I'm a big Ramirez fan, I hope he retires with them, and I hope the rest of his career is as fantastic as it has been so far. Best of luck Manny.
-Corey Sobel, Talkin' Baseball