Fantasy Baseball - Outfielder - Manny Ramirez
Fantasy baseball player profile -Manny Ramirez.
Manny Ramirez is a player who fans often love, and often love to hate. The guy consistently has been one of the stellar players in baseball since all the way back in 1993, but he still always seems to have one foot out the door in Boston. In 2003, the Red Sox actually put Manny on waivers, hoping some major league team would pick up the contract and take Ramirez off their hands for good.
Not one of the other 29 MLB teams picked him off of waivers, and Manny Ramirez returned to the Red Sox line up. That was lucky, because I see no way the Sox would have won the 2004 World Series. Manny led the league in home runs and slugging percentage in that magical 2004 season. He and David Ortiz led the Red Sox for the comeback against the Yankees in the AL Championship Series and the sweep of the Cardinals. He was the 2004 World Series MVP.
Despite the championship in 2004, trade talks began to circulate in 2005. This seems to have become a perennial issue between Manny Ramirez and the Red Sox organization, despite continued high levels of production. Ramirez is closing in on 500 home runs and has over 2,000 hits in his career.
2006 was an up and down year for Manny. In August, he had a 28 game hitting streak where he was as good as any other hitter in baseball. Shortly after the hitting streak ended, though, Manny sat out 26 straight games with an injury. The loss of Ramirez and Ortis from the line up was the last nail in the coffin of the Red Sox, who missed the playoffs for the first time in several years.
Manny started the 2007 season cold, batting only .202 at one point. Since the end of April, though, his numbers have been steadily climbing. His average sits at .289 with 11 HRs and 45 RBIs. Taking out the first month of the season, Manny's numbers would be around his average for the last several years. So when you are looking at his current stats, remember that he is still righting the ship from a month of almost no production to start this year. By the end of 2007, Manny should have solid stats and a batting average over .300.
Ramirez is a clutch hitter. Since his long tenure with the Cleveland Indians in the 1990's, Manny has played in a lot of postseasons. Manny has traditionally surged as the postseason neared, though age and injuries suggest this may no longer be the case.
At 35, Manny's years as an elite player may be coming to an end. It's at this age that you have to wonder every year about a player's continuing dominance. With health science and improved training techniques, a 35 year old player is often in better shape than a player would have been a generation or two ago. Manny continues to have one of the sweetest right-handed swings in baseball, so I expect him to put up solid numbers for two or three more years.
It helps to have David "Big Papi" Ortiz next to him in the line up. Pitchers are under the pressure cooker when they have to face the middle part of the Boston Red Sox line up. With Manny hitting 4th in the lineup directly behind Ortiz, pitchers sometimes tend to let up after facing the big hitting left-hander. Manny may not have always enjoyed his tenure with the Red Sox, but he has had to enjoy the 1-2 punch he makes up with Ortiz these past few years.
Take Manny Ramirez as a second hitter if you can. He should put up elite stats for an outfielder. When playing on a daily fantasy site, look at the match up. If the Red Sox are playing any of the second-tier AL teams or a second-tier pitchers on any team, consider Manny. Whenever the Red Sox play in Fenway, consider starting Ramirez.