Manny Ramirez

Birthdate05/30/1972
Death Date
Debut Year1993
Year of Induction
Teams Dodgers, Indians, Rays, Red Sox, White Sox
Positions Designated Hitter, Left Field, Right Field

Manny Ramirez was a nine-time Silver Slugger, and 12-time All Star who holds the Major League record with 29 postseason homers.

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Manny Ramirez's final Topps extension signed just before retirement with Tampa Bay

Manny Ramirez's final Topps extension signed just before retirement with Tampa Bay

When Manny Ramirez tested positive a second time for performance enhancing drugs, he opted to retire rather than face a 100-game suspension. That news came out on April 8th, 2011, just two months after he signed this final contract extension with Topps baseball cards. Will Ramirez ever make the Hall
Manny Ramirez autographed Red Sox 8x10

Manny Ramirez autographed Red Sox 8x10

The Indians used their 1st round draft choice to pluck Ramirez as the 13th player overall. In his eight seasons there he made four All Star teams and earned three Silver Slugger Awards. Perhaps telling of the circus that surrounds Ramirez, Cleveland allowed Ramirez to flee via free agency after he hit .351 with 32 homers and 122 RBI.

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Judgment of Steroid Era comes every year at Hall of Fame

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(Editors’ note: Mike Piazza was inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 24, 2016.) Can the game’s story be complete without a plaque of the baseball’s all-time home run leader? Doesn’t the man with the most Cy Young Awards deserve induction? How about the catcher with the most career homers? All have been on the ballot, yet none is enshrined. The allegations pointed toward Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are well-documented. The case for Mike Piazza remains less clear. Certainly his numbers are certainly Cooperstown-worthy. Amassed in any other era, his 427 homers and .308 lifetime average would be enough to garner the catcher a bronze plaque. Piazza’s six seasons with at least 100 runs batted in, 12 all-star appearances, and ten Silver Slugger awards certainly seem Cooperstown-worthy. In today’s Hall of Fame voting process, however, numbers aren’t enough. That’s where hypocrisy begins to creep in. During the steroid era, the Baseball Writers concerned themselves only with on-field performance. Seven times they voted prickly Barry Bonds the MVP; seven times they cast enough votes for Roger Clemens to receive the Cy Young Award. No one cared then that the players’ statistics might have been aided by performance enhancing drugs. When those same two players were on the Hall of Fame […]

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