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Saturday, April 09, 2011

Manny Being Manny

Manny Ramirez has retired. In true Manny-style, he retires rather than serve a 100-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance.

Manny was a great hitter. In 19 major league seasons, he had over 2,500 hits and hit 555 HR. He averaged 181 hits and 39 HR a season over that span. His career OPS is .996, which is pretty amazing; his career OBP is .411. He also played in 111 postseason games, with 29 postseason HR.

Stats here.

Of course, we think we know that Manny was using "banned substances." He was rumored to be one of the 2003 players--back when baseball tested but didn't act on the tests, he was one of about 100 players who allegedly tested positive. Then there was the 50-game suspension. Now this.

But if you followed the Cleveland Indians in the 1990s, there's a limit to how much you are going to care about that. The last remaining members of that team are reaching the ends of their careers--Thome, Vizquel.


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