Manny Ramirez
Baseball player
Manny Ramirez
Manuel Arístides "Manny" Ramírez Onelcida is a Dominican-American professional baseball outfielder and designated hitter who is currently with the Oakland Athletics organization. He was recognized for great batting skill and power, a nine-time Silver Slugger and one of 25 players to hit 500 career home runs. Ramirez's 21 grand slams are third all-time, and his 28 post-season home runs are the most by any player in MLB history.
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Slugger Ramirez set for Japan baseball comeback at 44
Yahoo News - about 1 month
Former Major League Baseball slugger Manny Ramirez has joined Japanese independent league team the Kochi Fighting Dogs, the club said on its website. The 44-year-old, who has also played in Taiwan after retiring from the major leagues in 2011 as one of only 25 players to pass 500 home runs, is set to play in the four-team Shikoku Island League on the smallest of Japan's four main islands.
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Ex-MLB slugger Manny Ramirez attempting to make a comeback in Japan
Fox News - about 1 month
Now 44 years old, Ramirez hasn't played professional baseball since 2014.
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Tainted Ramirez, Rodriguez on Hall Ballot With Guerrero
ABC News - 3 months
Steroids-tainted stars Manny Ramirez and Ivan Rodriguez are on baseball's Hall of Fame ballot for the first time along with Vladimir Guerrero
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Guerrero, Ramirez, Rodriguez new Hall of Fame candidates
Yahoo News - 3 months
(Reuters) - Outfielders Vladimir Guerrero and Manny Ramirez and catcher Ivan Rodriguez are among the prominent newcomers to the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot released on Monday. Ramirez, who batted .312 with 555 homers and 1,831 RBIs in a 19-year career spent mainly with Cleveland and Boston, failed tests for performance-enhancing drugs twice - with the Dodgers in 2009 and the Rays in '11, his last major league season. Doping suspicions have so far kept seven-time most valuable player Barry Bonds and seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens from membership in the Cooperstown shrine.
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Jorge Soler, Javier Baez, Kyle Schwarber impress with power, progress
Chicago Times - over 1 year
Before youngsters Jorge Soler, Javier Baez and Kyle Schwarber connected on an array of impressive home runs in the playoffs, they began to absorb messages delivered by Cubs hitting coach John Mallee and assistants Eric Hinske and Manny Ramirez. Their development was evident in the Cubs' National...
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Ex-teammate explains how weird Manny Ramirez is
USA Today- Sports - almost 2 years
The enigmatic slugger liked to wear his teammates' clothes and sleep in their beds.          
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Manny Ramirez still a big believer in Cubs prospect Javier Baez
Chicago Times - almost 2 years
Manny Ramirez helped Javier Baez recover from a slow start last season to reach the majors, and Ramirez looks forward to reuniting with the hard-swinging Cubs prospect.
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Cubs hire Manny Ramirez as hitting consultant
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
(Reuters) - Manny Ramirez, a sweet-swinging former Major League Baseball player who twice failed doping tests, is back in the big leagues as a hitting consultant for the Chicago Cubs, the team said on Tuesday. Cubs president Theo Epstein, who ran baseball operations in Boston when Ramirez starred for the Red Sox, said the ex-player will spend most of spring training with the Cubs and work with the team's major and minor league hitters during the season. Ramirez, 42, joined the Cubs organization last season as a player-coach at Triple-A Iowa and the major league team was impressed by his impact. He was a huge asset, and we were really hopeful of the possibility of bringing him back." Ramirez, who slugged 555 home runs with a career batting average of .312 in 19 years in the majors, was twice a World Series champion with the Red Sox and the 2004 Fall Classic MVP.
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Cubs prospects soaking up big league experience
Chicago Times - over 2 years
They are eager to learn from players such as Jake Arrieta, Emilio Bonifacio and Manny Ramirez whenever they get chance MESA, Ariz. — Shortly after front-line pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel were traded to the Athletics two weeks ago, Cubs pitcher Carlos Villanueva spoke of the importance of veterans in mentoring young players being promoted from the minor leagues.
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Ramirez returns as minor league player-coach
Yahoo News - almost 3 years
Former Major League Baseball superstar slugger Manny Ramirez will join the Chicago Cubs as a player-coach for the team's top developmental club, Cubs general manager Theo Epstein said Sunday. Ramirez, a lifetime .312 hitter with 555 home runs over 19 seasons, has not appeared in the major leagues since a five-game stint with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011, which ended when he retired after failing a second doping test. In 2009, Ramirez was suspended 50 games after testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance while with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Epstein knows Ramirez from their glory days together with the Boston Red Sox, when Epstein was general manager for most of Ramirez's Boston run from 2001-08, which saw the Red Sox win the 2004 and 2007 World Series.
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Are the Boston Red Sox Thumbing Their Noses at Bud Selig?
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
Yesterday, the Boston Red Sox announced the three newest members of their storied Hall of Fame, the warmest, innermost circle in their legendary Boston creme pyre. The lucky trio are Nomar Garciappara, Pedro Martinez and Roger Clemens. As a Yankee fan, I say, congrats to all! By inducting Clemens, Boston seems to be bucking the Selig iron rule of baseball morality: that no player accused of using performance enhancing drugs shall be recognized for his past achievements. According to the National Sportswriters Sacred Code of Hypocrisy, Roger shall be closed out of Cooperstown, along with Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, Rafael Palmeiro, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire. No decision has been made on Jason Giambi, David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, Bartolo Colon, et al -- and the avalanche of names still awaiting public disclosure, when a few years from now a cadre of destitute, or conscience-wear or attention-starved ex-players start writing their tell-all memoirs. (See CANSECO, Jose.) As a Yanke ...
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The Seattle Seahawks: Incontestable Dominance and Honorable Mentions
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
"We didn't change anything. We play our own style of football. And we put our guys in situations they are comfortable with." -- Pete Carroll, Coach of the Seattle Seahawks during a Super Bowl postgame press conference. It all started while I was at the gym. Two guys were conversing as one said, "All of their starters are healthy." Somehow, I intuitively knew he was talking about the Denver Broncos. This was just after the Broncos had won the AFC Championship, and of course after the Seattle Seahawks had won the NFC Championship. Since I was nearby at a machine and being a Seahawks fan, that's when I simply included, "And Seattle isn't?" The gentleman answered, "Well, Percy Harvin (Seattle wide-receiver) is out." And then I quietly responded, "We'll see." And I left it at that. Yes he did have a concussion during a playoff game against the New Orleans Saints. And it's good the NFL is more cognizant now about such an injury. But I also heard from the gentleman, that the San Francisco ...
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Broncos' Super Bowl Chances Doomed Mistakes, Miscalculations (VIDEO/PHOTOS)
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
NEW YORK (AP) — The seeds of Denver's stunning Super Bowl self-destruction were planted during Wednesday's practice when coach John Fox decided to turn down the speakers that simulate crowd noise because "it's not an away game." A silent snap count would have been so much better because Seattle's famed 12th Man showed up on Denver's first play from scrimmage and helped ruin whatever great game plan offensive coordinator Adam Gase and Peyton Manning had come up with. Instead of thwarting the Seahawks' stingy secondary and stout front seven, the Broncos fell apart. MetLife Stadium might not have been as loud as CenturyLink Field, but it was plenty spirited as the start of all Super Bowls are and when Manning lined up in the shotgun and called for the ball from his 14-yard line, his center couldn't hear the cadence. Manny Ramirez crouched still and just as Manning stepped up to reset the play, Ramirez's snap sailed into the north end zone, where running back Knowshon Moreno smothered ...
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Everything You Need To Know About The 2013 World Series From A(dam Wainwright) To Z(Z Top)
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
Adam Wainwright. The starter in Game 1 for the St. Louis Cardinals, Wainwright has continued his postseason dominance into 2013. Having famously sealed the Cardinals trip to the 2006 World Series with a knee-buckling curveball to Carlos Beltran, then with the New York Mets, Waino has produced sterling career postseason numbers: The 32-year-old righty has a 4-1 record and 4 saves to go with a 2.10 ERA in the postseason. Boston Strong: The outfield at Fenway Park has been adorned with the "B Strong" logo throughout the postseason, a symbol of Boston's unity and resilience following the bombings at the Boston Marathon. The bombing occurred just a short walk from Fenway Park and the team has honored first responders and victims throughout the season and during the playoffs. Carlos Beltran. At age 36, Beltran is making his first appearance in the World Series. Despite putting up incredible stats during previous postseason trips with the Astros, Mets and Cardinals, the switch-hitting ou ...
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World Series: Cardinals, Red Sox Set For 2013 Fall Classic
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
-- Big Papi, Dustin Pedroia and the bearded guys from Boston. Michael Wacha, Trevor Rosenthal and those fresh mugs from St. Louis. Pretty neat face-off in this World Series. Cardinals-Red Sox, once again in October. Fully rested, they'll open Wednesday night at Fenway Park. Postseason stars from past and present — Carlos Beltran, David Freese, John Lackey, David Ortiz and Adam Wainwright. Juicy plotlines — can Gold Glove catcher Yadier Molina shut down Jacoby Ellsbury and the runnin' Red Sox? Can all-world closer Koji Uehara stop Matt Holliday and the Cardinals? Plus, plenty of history — think Stan Musial vs. Ted Williams in 1946, Bob Gibson vs. Carl Yastrzemski in '67 or Pedro Martinez vs. Albert Pujols in 2004. Or, perhaps more memorably that last time, Curt Schilling and the bloody sock vs. The Curse. The Red Sox and Cardinals are hardly arch enemies, however. They haven't played since Kevin Youkilis homered over the Green Monster in the 13th inning on June 22, 2008. Thi ...
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Baseball's Steroid Silence: Suspect No Evil
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
For anyone who's paying attention, baseball is becoming more and more difficult to watch, to follow, to trust. But, despite a constant flow of vivid indications that the great game remains thoroughly corrupted by steroid abuse, almost no one who makes a living from professional baseball is paying attention. Coaches, managers, broadcasters and journalists have conspired, perhaps unconsciously, to believe that the old pastime has moved beyond its "steroid era." If they faced the reality that it obviously has not, they would, if they were entirely honest, consider walking away from a sport that has lost its integrity. Consider this, from the website of The Baltimore Sun: "There are a number of statistical undertones as Chris Davis continues one of the greatest offensive seasons in Orioles history. Davis has a strong chance of overtaking Brady Anderson's single-season franchise home run record (50 in 1996) . . . . Davis can also play a role in preventing Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cab ...
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Manny Ramirez signs contract extension with Broncos
USA Today - over 3 years
Peyton Manning's center will be sticking around for a couple more years.
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Manny Ramirez released from minor deal by Rangers
Black Hills Pioneer - over 3 years
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Manny Ramirez is a free agent again after the Texas Rangers released him from his minor league contract.
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An open letter to Manny Ramirez - USA TODAY
Google News - over 3 years
USA TODAY An open letter to Manny Ramirez USA TODAY I hope this open letter finds you well. I understand that you may currently be seeking an opportunity to play baseball somewhere, now that the Texas Rangers have released you from their Class AAA team in Round Rock. You may find few Major League ... Manny Ramirez Released From Minor Deal by RangersABC News Manny Ramirez released from minor leagues; end of road?Los Angeles Times Manny Ramirez released by RangersESPN WPRO -HeraldNet all 46 news articles »
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Manny Ramirez
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    On February 24, 2015, the Cubs announced that Ramirez was hired as a batting consultant, and that he would split time between Chicago and AAA Iowa.
    More Details Hide Details On May 11, 2004, Ramirez missed a Red Sox game to become an American citizen. 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. Manny Ramirez, Jr. (born 1995) is his son from a previous relationship, while he had Manuelito "Manny" Ramirez (born 2003) and Lucas Ramirez (born February 2006) with his wife Juliana., he and his family reside in Weston, Florida. Ramirez has often attracted attention on and off the field for his quirky behavior and attitude. These incidents are colloquially known as "Manny Moments" or more commonly, "Manny Being Manny". Instances of this behavior include inducing his Red Sox teammates, including Ellis Burks, to drink alcohol which he had spiked with Viagra, wearing Oakley THUMP while playing the outfield, disappearing through a door in the Green Monster to use the bathroom, diving to intercept a throw from teammate Johnny Damon in the outfield which had been intended for the infield, selling his barbecue grill on eBay, and high fiving a fan after a catch at the outfield wall before throwing the ball back to the infield to complete a double play. The first known documented usage of the phrase "Manny Being Manny" is attributed to then-Indians manager Mike Hargrove, quoted in a 1995 Newsday article.
  • 2014
    Ramirez hit a two-run home run in his first Iowa home game at Principal Park on June 30, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Cubs prospects Arismendy Alcántara and Javier Báez credited Ramirez for his help with their swings. Baez also viewed Ramirez as a good mentor because of how Ramirez comforted him after the loss of his uncle. On August 23, Ramirez sustained a knee injury. A week later, Iowa manager Marty Pevey announced that Ramirez was going to Arizona for an MRI. With only four games left in Iowa's season, Pevey said that Ramirez was no longer going to coach and play for the team. Pevey said that he was uncertain as to what Ramirez would do next season, as he thought that Ramirez disliked the travel associated with Class AAA baseball.
    Ramirez signed a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs on May 25, 2014, to serve as a player-coach for the Iowa Cubs, Chicago's Class AAA affiliate in the PCL.
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    The two were quickly separated and Ramirez later offered a public apology but did not apologize to McCormick in person until 2014.
    More Details Hide Details The matter was dealt with internally, and Ramirez was fined $10,000–15,000. On July 25, after sitting out one game against the Seattle Mariners with a sore knee, Ramirez was 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 the series Ramirez was directed to an area hospital for MRIs on both his knees; the results showed no damage. When back in action, Ramirez frequently failed to run out ground balls. Assuming that this was due to his displeasure about his contract situation (Ramirez could become a free agent at season's end, but the Red Sox held 2 years of team options they had not yet exercised), many Red Sox fans and reporters, including Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe, called for Ramirez to be traded. Despite all these distractions, Ramirez did continue to hit solidly when on the field, as he batted .299 with 20 home runs and 68 RBI through the first 100 games of the season.
  • 2013
    Ramirez signed a minor league deal on July 3, 2013 with the Texas Rangers.
    More Details Hide Details He was assigned to the Round Rock Express of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL). After noticing a decrease in Ramirez' bat speed, which resulted in a lack of power, the Rangers released Ramirez on August 13.
    On June 19, 2013, Ramirez opted out of his contract with the Rhinos, stating that he wanted to be closer to his family.
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    He signed with the newly renamed EDA Rhinos of the Chinese Professional Baseball League in Taiwan for the 2013 season.
    More Details Hide Details He made his debut on March 27 against Brother Elephants. In 49 games, Ramirez batted .352 with eight home runs and 43 RBIs, placing him in the top three in all categories.
  • 2012
    Ramirez played in the Dominican Professional Baseball League during the 2012–13 offseason, registering a .793 OPS for the Águilas Cibaeñas.
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    He was eligible to play on May 30, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details With the Sacramento River Cats he hit .302 in 17 games, but had no homers and only a .349 slugging percentage. On June 15, Ramirez requested and was given his outright release by the Athletics.
    On February 20, 2012, Ramirez signed a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics.
    More Details Hide Details The deal called for a $500,000 salary if he made the MLB roster. However, he needed to serve his 50-game suspension before he could play for the team.
  • 2011
    In September 2011, reports surfaced that Ramirez was planning on playing in the Dominican Winter League for the Cibao Eagles.
    More Details Hide Details In a statement, the team said that Ramirez hoped to motivate other MLB stars to play in the country. However, the MLB Commissioner's Office issued a statement that since the Dominican League is affiliated with MLB, Ramirez would not be eligible to play without first serving his mandated suspension. Upon hearing that his plans to play in the winter league would not work, Ramirez decided that he was willing to serve his 100 game suspension for the second violation of the drug policy, and to request reinstatement with MLB. He stated that he was not prepared for retirement, that he would be available for any MLB team, and if none show interest, then he would "play in Japan or some other place." On December 4, it was announced that Ramirez had formally filed papers with the league to be reinstated to baseball and that an agreement had been reached between MLB and the Players Association that Ramirez would need only to serve a 50 game suspension instead of the original 100.
    However, the 38-year-old Ramirez abruptly retired on April 8, 2011, after batting .059 (1-for-17) in his first five games with no home runs and a single RBI.
    More Details Hide Details Ramirez reportedly tested positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug in spring training. His first sample, or A sample, was retested and again returned a positive result. Ramirez filed a notice to appeal, and his second sample, or B sample, was tested under observation by Ramirez' representatives. When the B sample also tested positive, he dropped the appeal and told MLB that he would immediately retire. MLB issued a statement that Ramirez had been informed of an issue under the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment program, and chose to retire rather than continue with the appeal process. Ramirez was facing a 100-game suspension, which would still apply if Ramirez decided to return to MLB in the future. Neither Ramirez nor the MLB Players Association issued a statement about the sudden retirement. Ramirez apparently did not personally inform the Rays about his decision. The team announced that they had been informed of his retirement by the MLB Commissioner's Office.
    On January 21, 2011, Ramirez agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal with the Tampa Bay Rays, who also signed his former Red Sox teammate Johnny Damon in a package deal suggested by agent Scott Boras.
    More Details Hide Details The signing initially looked like a bargain as Ramirez was among the better hitters in spring training, hitting .311 with 3 home runs and 10 RBI.
  • 2010
    He batted .311 with 8 homers and 40 RBI in only 66 games as a Dodger in 2010 before being placed on waivers.
    More Details Hide Details After being placed on waivers by the Dodgers, Ramirez was claimed by the Chicago White Sox. The Dodgers awarded Ramirez to the White Sox on August 30, receiving no prospects, but with the White Sox assuming the $3.8 million remaining on Ramirez's salary. At the time, the White Sox hoped the pickup would bolster their offense for a playoff push. However, Ramirez hit .261 with just one home run and two RBI in his 24 games with the White Sox. He became a free agent at the conclusion of the season, which ended with the White Sox finishing 88-74, 6 games out of first place in the AL Central, and missing the postseason.
    In 2010, Ramirez had three separate stints on the disabled list.
    More Details Hide Details When he returned from the third trip on August 21, he apparently had lost his starting job to Scott Podsednik. As a pinch hitter, he was ejected on August 29 by home plate umpire Gary Cederstrom one pitch into his at-bat for arguing a strike call. That appearance was his final one in a Dodger uniform.
    On April 10, 2010, Ramirez recorded his 2,500th career base hit with an infield single against the Florida Marlins.
    More Details Hide Details On April 18 against the San Francisco Giants, Ramirez hit his 548th career home run to tie Mike Schmidt for the 14th place on the all-time home run list. He hit his 549th to pass Schmidt on May 28 against the Colorado Rockies. On June 19, he hit a home run in his second game back at Fenway Park.
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  • 2009
    He added a home run and 4 RBI in the 2009 MLB postseason, but the Dodgers were again knocked out of the tournament by the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLCS.
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    Ramirez finished 2009 with a .290 batting average, 19 home runs, and 63 RBI in 104 games.
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    On May 7, 2009, Ramirez was suspended 50 games for violating the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program established by MLB and the MLB Players Association in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details In the announcement by MLB, Ramirez was suspended for unspecified violation of the agreement section 8.G.2. Shortly afterward, Ramirez stated that a physician had unknowingly prescribed a banned medication. After consulting with the players association, Ramirez waived his right to challenge the suspension. According to an ESPN report, the drug used by Ramirez was 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 Jason Giambi and others used as clients of BALCO. Testing revealed artificial testosterone, too. As a condition for returning from the suspension, Ramirez was subject to three additional drug tests per year in addition to the minimum of two per player. At the time of his suspension, Ramirez was batting .348 with 6 home runs and 20 RBI.
  • 2008
    Ramirez was fourth in the voting for the 2008 NL MVP award, with 138 points, behind Albert Pujols, Ryan Howard, and Ryan Braun; this was remarkable for someone who played less than half a season in the NL.
    More Details Hide Details After the Dodgers lost in the playoffs, Ramirez, a free agent to be, 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 the Dodgers on March 4.
    Ramirez was named the NL Player of the Month for August 2008, touching off "Mannywood" in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details He hit .415 (44-for-106) with seven doubles, nine home runs, 25 RBIs and 21 runs scored during the month. He finished the season with the Dodgers by batting .396 with 17 home runs and 53 RBI in just 53 games. His combined totals were a .332 batting average, 37 home runs, and 121 RBI. Among all major leaguers, he finished third in batting average, second in slugging percentage, and third in OPS. With Ramirez in the lineup, the Dodgers won the NL West, then swept the Chicago Cubs in the Division Series before losing in the NLCS to the eventual World Series winner Philadelphia Phillies in five games. During the playoffs, Ramirez hit .520 with 4 home runs, 2 doubles, 11 walks and 10 RBIs.
    On July 31, 2008, Ramirez was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a three-way deal.
    More Details Hide Details The Boston Red Sox acquired outfielder Jason Bay and minor league infielder Josh Wilson, 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. Ramirez had always worn uniform number 24, but the Dodgers retired that number in honor of Hall of Fame manager Walter Alston. Ramirez instead chose to wear number 99 with the Dodgers.
    On May 31, 2008, Ramirez hit his 500th home run, against Baltimore Orioles pitcher Chad Bradford at Camden Yards in the seventh inning on the first pitch.
    More Details Hide Details He became the 24th player in MLB history to do so. He joined two other Boston legends, Jimmie Foxx and Ted Williams, to have joined the exclusive home run club as a member of the Red Sox. A heated altercation between Ramirez and teammate Kevin Youkilis took place on June 5, during a game at Fenway Park against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Boston Globe speculated that Youkilis was angry that Ramirez has been slow to join a bench-clearing brawl earlier in the game. The altercation may have also been caused by Ramirez objecting to what he believed was excessive complaining by Youkilis about the strike zone, as well as the first baseman's penchant for sometimes throwing his helmet in frustration after making an out. Before the fifth inning, Ramirez was caught on NESN cameras taking a swing at Youkilis. Ramirez and Youkilis yelled at each other and had to be separated by teammates, coaches, and training staff. Youkilis headed out to the field still yelling at Ramirez, while Ramirez was escorted into the tunnel leading to the clubhouse by bench coach Brad Mills and trainer Paul Lessard.
    Ramirez played in his 2,000th game on May 26, 2008 against Seattle.
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    2008 opened with the Ramirez and the Red Sox defending their crown, and with Ramirez himself stating he wanted "to play six more years and then retire as a member of the Red Sox."
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  • 2007
    He helped the Red Sox to reach and win the 2007 World Series, where they swept the Colorado Rockies, by batting a combined .348 with 4 home runs and 16 RBI in the postseason.
    More Details Hide Details Ramirez earned his second World Series ring, as the Red Sox earned their seventh title.
    The Red Sox advanced to the 2007 American League Championship Series against the Cleveland Indians where, on October 13, Ramirez hit his 23rd postseason home run, passing Williams for the most all-time.
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    He made two errors during the 2007 season in left field, and tied for fifth overall in the major leagues in assists from left field.
    More Details Hide Details In the postseason, Ramirez hit a walk-off three-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. The home run tied him with Bernie Williams for first place all-time in postseason home runs with 22.
    In 2007, he had the highest fielding percentage (.990) among left fielders in the AL, tied for second in the major leagues; he was ranked sixth-highest in range factor of all AL left fielders, 1.72, 16th in both leagues, but had the lowest zone rating among MLB left fielders with 100+ games (.713).
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    Ramirez finished 2007 with a .296 batting average, 20 home runs, and 88 RBIs, ending his streak of 30 home run and 100 RBI seasons at 9.
    More Details Hide Details His season was cut short when he strained his left oblique in late August during a Yankees series, but he did return to the lineup for the final homestand of the season.
    On April 22, 2007, Ramirez was the first of four Red Sox batters to homer in consecutive at bats in a game against the New York Yankees pitcher Chase Wright, tying a league record when J.D. Drew, Mike Lowell, and Jason Varitek followed Ramirez with longballs of their own.
    More Details Hide Details On April 29, Ramirez became the fifth player to hit 50 career home runs against the Yankees.
  • 2006
    He also drew a career high 100 walks in 2006, the only time in his career he reached that mark.
    More Details Hide Details However, the Red Sox missed the playoffs for the first time since the 2002 season.
    On June 10, 2006, Ramirez became the 31st player in history to hit 450 home runs, with a solo home run off Francisco Cordero of the Texas Rangers.
    More Details Hide Details Three weeks later, on July 1, he collected his 2000th hit. Beginning in mid-July, he had a 28-game hitting streak, including 12 multi-hit games, 8 HR, and 28 RBIs. He reached 100 RBI for the 9th consecutive season on August 20 in a series against the Yankees, but missed 28 games from mid-August on with soreness in his right knee. Ramirez finished at .321 with 35 home runs and 102 RBI.
    By January 5, 2006, Ramirez changed his mind, stating that he was dropping the demand.
    More Details Hide Details His agents, in turn, insisted their client was still open to a trade. But no deal materialized.
  • 2005
    Toward this end, in December 2005, Ramirez put his Ritz-Carlton condominium up for sale.
    More Details Hide Details Trade rumors circulated with Ramirez possibly going to the Baltimore Orioles or the New York Mets, but no deal was reached.
    He posted his highest single season RBI total as a Red Sox in 2005, driving in 144 runs to go along with his 45 homers, but he batted "only" .292, his first time under .300 since 1998.
    More Details Hide Details Along with teammate David Ortiz, who drove in 148 runs, the duo combined to drive in an outstanding 292 runs. Ortiz would finish second, and Ramirez fourth, in MVP voting to winner Alex Rodriguez. Off the field, the 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.
    On May 15, 2005, Ramirez hit his 400th home run off Gil Meche of the Seattle Mariners.
    More Details Hide Details On July 5, Ramirez hit his 20th career grand slam — and his third of the season — off Chris Young of the Texas Rangers. On defense, however, he tied for the lead among all major league left fielders in errors, with 7.
  • 2004
    Ramirez's 2004 season was capped off by being named World Series MVP.
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    Despite not driving in a run in the ALCS, Ramirez hit .300 as the Red Sox completed a historic comeback from down 3 games to to win in seven against the Yankees, setting up a showdown with the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2004 World Series.
    More Details Hide Details Ramirez proceeded to hit .412 with a home run and 4 RBI in a 4 game sweep of the Cardinals, as the Red Sox won their first title since 1918. The home run came in the first inning of Game 3, off Cardinals starter Jeff Suppan, continuing a streak where the Red Sox scored in the first inning of each game in the series.
    He hit .385 in the 2004 ALDS, leading the Red Sox to a sweep over the Anaheim Angels, and setting up a rematch in the 2004 American League Championship Series against the Yankees.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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. The Red Sox again qualified for the postseason, and Ramirez continued his hot hitting.
    In 2004, Ramirez led the AL in home runs (43), slugging percentage (.613) and OPS (1.009); he finished second in errors committed as a left fielder (7), third in RBIs (130), fourth in doubles (44) and total bases (348), sixth in on-base percentage (.397), eighth in walks (82), tenth in runs (108), and posted a .308 batting average.
    More Details Hide Details He also led the AL in salary, at $22.5 million. In addition, Ramirez and teammate David Ortiz became the first pair of AL teammates to hit 40 home runs, have 100 RBIs, 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.
    Ramirez led the Red Sox to World Series Championships in 2004 and 2007 before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008 as part of a three team deal that also involved the Pittsburgh Pirates.
    More Details Hide Details In Ramirez was suspended 50 games for violating baseball's drug policy by taking human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), a women's fertility drug that is often taken after steroids. In the spring of 2011, Ramirez was informed by MLB of another violation of its drug policy, which would result in a 100-game suspension. He chose to retire on April 8 rather than face a 100-game suspension. However in September 2011, Ramirez wished to be reinstated and agreed in December with the league to a reduced 50-game suspension. Though he played at various points in the Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers, and Chicago Cubs systems, as well as internationally, Ramirez did not appear in another Major League game. Known as a complete hitter who could hit for both power and average, and widely regarded as one of the best right handed hitters of his generation, Ramirez finished his career with a lifetime .312 batting average, 555 home runs (15th all time), and 1831 RBI (18th all time).
  • 2003
    Also noteworthy from 2003 (though it would not be revealed until 2009), according to the New York Times, Ramirez tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs that season from the "survey" drug test, in which MLB players were tested to see if drugs were being used.
    More Details Hide Details Players faced no penalties or sanctions for testing positive. Ramirez was one of 104 players to have allegedly tested positive.
    In 2003, Ramirez again posted strong offensive numbers, finishing with a .325 average, 37 home runs, and 104 RBI.
    More Details Hide Details The second half surge of fellow Dominican slugger David Ortiz gave the Red Sox a formidable one-two punch in the middle of the lineup with Ramirez. However in the summer, Ramirez missed several games with pharyngitis, but got into hot water as he was spotted in a bar in the hotel where he lived with a close friend, Yankees infielder Enrique Wilson, despite being supposedly too ill to play in the series against the rival Yankees. Boston manager Grady Little benched Ramirez for one game as a result. Despite this distraction, the Red Sox finished the season 95-67, qualifying for the MLB postseason for the first time with Ramirez. In the decisive fifth game of their Division Series matchup against the Oakland Athletics, Ramirez broke a 6th inning 1-1 tie by launching a go-ahead three-run homer off Barry Zito that set up an ALCS showdown with the rival Yankees. In ALCS Game 3, Ramirez was at the center of a bench-clearing brawl. Early in the game, Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez had hit Yankees outfielder Karim Garcia up high with a pitch, sparking heated dialogue, and a hard slide by Garcia into Red Sox second baseman Todd Walker had exacerbated the tensions. The very next inning, Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens threw a pitch high and inside to Ramirez, and Manny charged the mound, sparking the melee. The Red Sox lost the game 4-3. Despite Ramirez's strong play in the ALCS against the Yankees (.310 with 2 home runs), the Red Sox fell to the Yankees in the decisive seventh game on Aaron Boone's infamous extra-inning, walk-off home run.
    During his time in Boston, Ramirez and teammate David Ortiz became one of the best offensive tandems in baseball history, but were also both allegedly among a group of 104 major league players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs during 2003.
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  • 2002
    Ramirez only played in 120 games in 2002 due to a hamstring injury that put him on the disabled list (DL) from mid-May to the end of June.
    More Details Hide Details Despite this, Ramirez won the AL batting title, hitting .349 (including .438 against lefties), and his .647 slugging percentage was second in the league behind Jim Thome's .677. Like clockwork, Ramirez again reached the 30 home run and 100 RBI plateaus, posting 33 and 107 respectively. He hit his 300th career home run on August 26 against the Angels' Ramón Ortiz. It was the first of two home runs on the night for Ramirez, as he went 5-for-5 overall. However, the Red Sox again failed to qualify for the MLB postseason in 2002.
  • 2001
    However, despite his efforts, the Red Sox did not qualify for the MLB postseason in 2001.
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    He had another sterling first half, amassing a .335 batting average with 26 home runs and 84 RBI at the 2001 All-Star break.
    More Details Hide Details However, he missed some time battling hamstring injuries and struggled down the stretch, finishing at .306 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. Its length was officially listed at 501 feet, second-longest by a Red Sox player in Fenway Park's history, just short of Ted Williams' 1946 record of 502 feet. He also launched a prodigious home run in an away game on June 3 against the Blue Jays into the fifth deck at the SkyDome, which still stands as the longest home run in that ballpark's history at 491 feet.
    Ramirez immediately delivered for the Red Sox, hitting .408 in April 2001.
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  • 2000
    In November 2000, the Indians offered Ramirez a seven-year, $119 million contract.
    More Details Hide Details While this would have made Ramirez the highest-paid player in baseball, the deal was rejected by Ramirez and his agent, Jeff Moorad, who were seeking a ten-year, $200 million contract. Ramirez was reportedly pursued by the New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners, but in December agreed to 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.
    In 2000, Ramirez was limited to 118 games due to injuries, but recorded a career-high .351 batting average, along with 38 home runs and 122 RBIs.
    More Details Hide Details His return is believed to have started a major comeback that led the Indians to a final record of 90–72 and cut the number of games they were behind the leader of the AL Central, the Chicago White Sox, from 11.5 games down to 7.5 games in just a month. Because of his return, Roberto Alomar, Omar Vizquel, and Kenny Lofton all started getting better pitches to hit, which also significantly increased their batting averages. Despite the comeback, the Indians failed to make the postseason, finishing 5 games behind the White Sox in the AL Central. With free agency looming, Ramirez homered in what would be his final game and at-bat in an Indians uniform, on October 1 against Toronto in front of the home fans at Jacobs Field.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    However, he struggled in the 1999 postseason, going 1-for-18 as the Indians were eliminated by the Boston Red Sox in 5 games in the 1999 American League Division Series.
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    He finished 1999 with 165 RBIs, the highest total by any player since Jimmie Foxx (1938), and batted an eye popping .383 against left handed pitchers.
    More Details Hide Details He also batted .383 with runners in scoring position, and .377 with men on base. That season, he finished third in the voting for the AL MVP award.
    On September 30, 1999, Ramirez broke the Indians' single-season RBI record (previously 162 by Hal Trosky in 1936) by hitting a 3-run home run, giving Ramirez 164.
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    Ramirez began 1999 on a hot streak, hitting .337 with 7 home runs in the month of April.
    More Details Hide Details Ramirez's hot hitting continued all season, as he batted .364 in May and reached the All-Star break with 25 home runs and 96 RBIs. At the time, it was the third highest single season total for RBI by the All-Star Break in MLB history, behind only Hank Greenberg (103 in 1935) and Juan González (101 in 1998).
  • 1998
    In 1998, Ramirez experienced a great increase in power, on his way to becoming one of the great run producers in the game.
    More Details Hide Details He batted .294 with 45 home runs and 145 RBIs, and was selected to his second All-Star Game, where he recorded a sacrifice fly and RBI. Ramirez batted .357 with 2 home runs during the ALDS versus the Red Sox, which the Indians won in four games. In the ALCS against the Yankees, Ramirez batted .333 with two home runs, but the Indians lost in six games. Following the season, Ramirez came in sixth place in AL MVP voting.
  • 1997
    In 1997, Ramirez's contact continued to improve, though his power dipped slightly, as he hit .328 with 26 home runs and 88 RBIs.
    More Details Hide Details This year, the Indians again reached the World Series, and Ramirez batted .154 with two home runs as the Indians lost to the Florida Marlins in seven games.
  • 1996
    The Indians again reached the playoffs, and Ramirez batted .375 with 2 home runs in the Indians' loss to the Orioles in the 1996 American League Division Series.
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    Ramirez continued to hit well in 1996, batting .309 with 33 home runs and 112 RBIs.
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  • 1995
    In December 1995, Ramirez agreed to a $10.15 million, four-year contract.
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    That year, the Indians reached the postseason, and Ramirez hit two home runs in the 1995 American League Championship Series against the Mariners, which the Indians won in six games.
    More Details Hide Details The Indians then took on the Atlanta Braves in the World Series, and Ramirez batted .222 with one home run in the Indians' six-game loss.
    Ramirez's breakout season came in 1995, when he batted .308 with 31 home runs and 107 RBIs.
    More Details Hide Details In July, he was selected to his first All-Star Game and won his first career Silver Slugger Award following the season.
  • 1994
    In 1994, his first full season in the majors, Ramirez had a strong start to the season, hitting six home runs during the month of April.
    More Details Hide Details Despite a weak start to May, he rebounded in the latter half of the month, finishing the month with a .300 batting average. During the season, the Indians were chasing the Chicago White Sox for first place in the American League Central (AL Central) division all the way until the end of the season. However, the team fell short of qualifying for the playoffs and their season ended in August due to the 1994 MLB strike. Ramirez finished second in the Rookie of the Year award voting after batting .269 with 17 home runs and 60 RBIs in 91 games.
  • 1993
    Ramirez made his major league debut on September 2, 1993 against the Minnesota Twins, going hitless in four at bats as the designated hitter.
    More Details Hide Details The following day, when the Indians took on the New York Yankees, Ramirez went 3 for 4 with his first two home runs, with many of his family and friends in attendance at Yankee Stadium. His first career home run was hit against Mélido Pérez. However, rather humorously, his first MLB hit off Perez was a ground rule double that bounced into the left field seats as left fielder Paul O'Neill pursued it. Ramirez, seeing the ball in the seats, continued running thinking he had hit a home run, before returning to second base while his teammates ribbed him. After flying out to O'Neill in his next plate appearance, Ramirez homered in his final two at bats.
    In 1993, Ramirez was named "Minor League Player of the Year" by Baseball America while hitting .333 with 31 homers and 115 RBIs in 129 combined games with the Double-A Canton–Akron Indians and Triple-A Charlotte Knights.
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    He made his MLB debut on September 2, 1993.
    More Details Hide Details In 1994, Ramirez became a major league regular, and finished second in voting for the Rookie of the Year Award. By 1995, he had become an All-Star. He was with the Indians in playoff appearances in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999; this included an appearance in the 1995 and 1997 World Series. In 1999, Ramirez set the Indians' single-season RBIs record with 165 RBIs. After the 2000 season, Ramirez signed with the Boston Red Sox.
  • 1992
    With the Single-A Kinston Indians in 1992, Ramirez battled injuries but still hit .278 with 13 homers and 63 RBIs in 81 games and was named as the number three prospect and the "Most Exciting Player in the Carolina League" by Baseball America.
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  • 1991
    The Cleveland Indians selected Ramirez with the 13th pick of the 1991 draft and assigned him to the Rookie-level Burlington Indians for his professional debut.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    During his time at GWHS, he led his team to three straight division championships. He was a three-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, hitting for a .650 batting average with 14 home runs in 22 games.
    More Details Hide Details He was inducted into the New York City Public School Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1987
    Ramirez attended George Washington High School from 1987 to 1991, leaving at the age of 19 without graduating.
    More Details Hide Details During his time on the team, GWHS was seeing a large increase in the number of immigrants. This was apparent, as GWHS's baseball team was composed entirely of Dominicans. As a youth, Ramirez preferred to not be the center of attention and was often very modest.
  • 1985
    In 1985, he moved to the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City with his parents.
    More Details Hide Details He would often play ball at the nearby Snake Hill, the same place Lou Gehrig played during his childhood. Despite living just a short distance from Yankee Stadium, Ramirez rooted for the Toronto Blue Jays and would watch games when the Blue Jays were in town.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1972
    Born on May 30, 1972.
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