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Is Manny Ramirez Among Greatest Ever ?


mannyr.jpgManny Ramirez is gone. No more ‘Manny being Manny’ show. There will be no Mannywood II in Tropicana Field.

 

Ramirez is a retired player and as far as read and heard no missed by anyone.

 

Not even in St. Petersburg and Tampa they miss him. The Rays statement was simple as:

 

“The Tampa Bay Rays were informed today (Friday) by the Commissioner’s Office that Manny Ramirez has decided to retire after being informed of an issue under the Drug Program. We are obviously surprised and disappointed by this news. We will have no further comment on this matter, and our fans and organization will carry on.”

 

In simple words, he was caught by Major League Baseball playing with fire again and he paid for it.

 

Testing positive for a banned substance under major league baseball’s drug policy, Ramirez retired Friday rather than face the prospect of a 100-game suspension.

 

No matter all the problems he had in the past he must be remember as one of the most feared right-handed hitters of all time.

 

There is a lot of debate about who are the best all-time right-handed and left-handed hitters in the game.

 

Everyone will have its own opinion. The debate is open. Here is my list of the top 10 right-handed Latino hitters of all-time.

 

1. Alex Rodriguez

2. Albert Pujols

3. Roberto Clemente

4. Manny Ramirez

5. Edgar Martinez

6. Vladimir Guerrero

7. Tany Perez

8. Orlando Cepeda

9. Sammy Sosa

10. Juan Gonzalez

MLB 2011: Key Latino Player on Every Team


albertyadier.jpgSpring training 2011 is finally underway with all teams with their full squads.

 

This is the time of the baseball calendar that every franchise will tell you no matter in Arizona or Florida that they have the best team and they are full of optimism for the new season.

 

This is the time of the year that every General Manager and skippers among news and cliches will address the media of their perspective of who will be their man for the season.

 

Tampa Bay Rays’ Manager Joe Maddon said back in 2008 that you need nine players, playing smart and and hard every nine innings to make a team a championship one.

 

Maddon formula worked that year taking his team all the way to the World Series.

 

Just ask nowadays to Maddon who he is counting for in 2011 and faster than you can imagine his two names are Evan Longoria and David Price.

 

Reality is that every team needs a so called “key player”. The one some teams calls a franchise player or simply the one everyone is looking to step up.

 

Probably there will be some arguments, nonetheless this is my Latino key player for each team in 2011.

 

Time will tell if I am right.

 

AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST
Baltimore Orioles- DH Vladimir Guerrero
Boston Red Sox-1B Adrian Gonzalez
New York Yankees-2B Robinson Cano
Tampa Bay Rays-DH Manny Ramirez
Toronto Blue Jays-OF Jose Bautista

CENTRAL
Chicago White Sox- SS Alexei Ramirez
Detroit Tigers-1B Miguel Cabrera
Cleveland Indians- C Carlos Santana
Kansas City Royals- P Joakim Soria
Minnesota Twins- P Francisco Liriano
WEST
Los Angeles Angels- 1B Kendry Morales
Oakland A’s- OF David de Jesus
Seattle Mariners- P Felix Hernandez
Texas Rangers- P Neftali Feliz

 

NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST
Atlanta Braves- OF Martin Prado
Florida Marlins- SS Hanley Ramirez
New York Mets- SS Jose Reyes
Philadelphia Phillies- C Carlos Ruiz
Washington Nationals- C Ivan Rodriguez

CENTRAL

Cincinnati Reds- P Aroldis Chapman

Chicago Cubs- C Geovany Soto
Houston Astros- P Wandy Rodriguez
Milwaukee Brewers-P Yovani Gallardo
Pittsburgh Pirates-3B Pedro Alvarez
St. Louis Cardinals- 1B Albert Pujols

WEST

Arizona D’Backs- C Miguel Montero
Colorado Rockies- P Ubaldo Jimenez
Los Angeles Dodgers- SS Rafael Furcal

San Diego Padres- 1B/3B Jorge Cantu
San Francisco Giants- 3B Pablo Sandoval

 

The Latino Decade Leaders in MLB: 2000-2009

apar.jpgThe 2010 season of Major League Baseball is to start in just a few days.

With the beginning of spring training, it is not only of a new year, but also a new decade.

To wrap up the debate that was, here is a list of the best Latinos of the past decade. The leaders for the years 2000-2009.

BATTING

AVG.: Albert Pujols, .334

Games: Miguel Tejada, 1,581

At-Bats: Miguel Tejada, 6.263

Plate Appearances: Bobby Abreu, 6,932

Home Runs: Alex Rodriguez, 435

RBI: Alex Rodriguez, 1,243

Runs: Alex Rodriguez, 1,190

Total Bases: Alex Rodriguez, 3,362

Extra Base Hits: Albert Pujols, 767

PITCHING

ERA: Pedro Martinez, 3.01

Winning Percentage: Pedro Martinez, .691

Lowest Batting Avg.: Pedro Martinez, .216

Saves: Mariano Rivera, 397

Games Started: Livan Hernandez, 332

Innings Pitched: Livan Hernandez, 2,201.1

Hanley Ramirez: En Silencio Total

hanley.jpgPor tiempo hemos aprendido que Hanley Ramirez no es un pelotero de mucho hablar.

Al final de temporada cuando ganó el título de bateo de la Liga Nacional pocas palabras se le escucharon decir a los medios de comunicación.

Ahora que arribó segundo en la votación para el premio de Jugador Más Valioso de su circuito tampoco nada de nada del joven torpedero y toletero de los Marlins de Florida.

Sí esta contento, feliz, afortunado, satisfecho o otro adjetivo es una pura adivinanza.

Lo que muchos seguidores suyos especialmente en la Ciudad del Sol les anda preocupando del acertijo es que sí su silencio es por alguna razón en especifico.

Sencillamente los rumores están volando por los aires floridianos que tanto los Medias Rojas de Boston como los Cardenales de San Luis andan interesados en sus servicios.

El joven Todo-Estrella dominicano desde que llegó a la novena Marlin en el 2006 ha sido la luminaria de este conjunto.

El quisqueyano tiene en su resumé el galardón de Novato del Año de la Nacional; dos veces Todo-Estrella; dos veces Bate de Plata; tres veces Marlin del Año y claro esta su reinato de bateo con .342 de promedio.

Ramírez se convirtió en el primer Marlin en la historia en lograr un título de bateo y solo el cuarto campocorto en la historia de la Nacional en ser un titular con el madero. Antes que Ramírez el último paracorto en obtener un titulo de bateo lo fue en 1960 Dick Groat de los Piratas de Pittsburgh.

Entre los suyos de tierra quisqueyana, Ramirez se unió al exclusivo club de reyes de bateo en Las Mayores a los nombres de Mateo Alou, Rico Carty, Julio Franco, Alex Rodríguez, Manny Ramírez y Albert Pujols.

Ademas de su título de bateo, Ramírez terminó entre primeros diez en alrededor de nueve importantes categorias ofensivas.

Sí no hubiese sido por el super año de Pujols seguramente el natural de Samaná hubiese sido el candidato más fuerte para Más Valioso y hubiese sido el primer Marlin en obtener tal reconocimiento.

El Marlin más cercano antes de esta pasada temporada a tal distintivo lo fué el venezolano Miguel Cabrera en el 2005 y el 2006 que arribó en ambas ocasiones en quinto lugar en la boleta.

Vale señalar que Ramirez ha estado en la boleta de Más Valioso por la ultimas tres temporadas.

Lo que le inquieta a muchos aficionados de los Marlins es sí Ramírez terminará igual que Cabrera. En otro uniforme despues de haber irradiado en el uniforme de los Marlins donde tantas estrellas han pasado y tiempo despues han sido desvanecidos a otros equipos.

Y ojo que como están las cosas por la económia en que andamos viviendo cualquier cambio puede suceder.

El mismo Miguel Cabrera esta siendo ofrecido hoy día como pieza de canje por sus Tigres de Detroit. Muy interesante ver quien toma su contrato actual que le faltan seis años y $120 millones.

También muchos rumores andan revoleteando que los Bravos de Atlanta desean canjear a Javier Vazquez; los Padres de San Diego a Adrian González; los Rangers de Texas a Nelson Cruz; los Mets de Nueva York a Carlos Beltrán y los Cachorros de Chicago a Alfonso Soriano.

Dos ex-Marlins quien sabe si regresan a su antigua hueste floridiana. Tanto Luis Castillo de los Mets como Mike Lowell de los Medias Rojas de Boston están siendo ofrecidos por sus equipos como piezas de cambio.

También andan rumorandose al presente como fichas de cambios entre otros Bengie Molina, Placido Polanco, Marco Scutaro, Rafael Soriano y José Valverde.

De Hanley Ramírez no debe haber sorpresa alguna de los rumores tanto con Boston o San Luis. Ambas franquicias publicamente este pasado verano dejaron saber que sí hubiese la oportunidad de obtener sus servicios las puertas estaban abiertas para negociación.

Los Marlins inauguran su nuevo estadio en el 2012. Estará Hanley Ramírez en el uniforme de Florida ?

El tiempo dirá. Veremos.

MLB’ Key Latino Players Down The Stretch

al.jpgThis is the time of the year that many players are thinking October. It is the time to step up en route to the World Series.

Every franchise in the post-season race is looking closely at their so-called “super nine”, but there is always one or two players that can make the difference.

These are the Latino players that their franchises need, and count on as key factors.

These are the Latinos that can be their key master to this year 2009 Fall Classic.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
New York Yankees: 3B-Alex Rodriguez; P-Mariano Rivera
Boston Red Sox: 3B-Mike Lowell
Tampa Bay Rays: 1B-Carlos Peña
Detroit Tigers: IB-Miguel Cabrera; OF-Magglio Ordoñez
Minnesota Twins: SS-Orlando Cabrera
Chicago White Sox: Ozzie Guillen (Yes! The Manager)
Los Angeles Angels: OF-Vladimir Guerrero
Texas Rangers: P-Neftali Perez; C-Ivan Rodriguez

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Philadelphia Phillies: 3B-Pedro Feliz; C-Carlos Ruiz
Florida Marlins: SS-Hanley Ramirez; 3B-Jorge Cantu
Atlanta Braves: SS-Yunel Escobar; P-Javier Vazquez
St.Louis Cardinals: 1B-Albert Pujols; C-Yadier Molina
Los Angeles Dodgers: OF-Manny Ramirez; SS-Rafael Furcal
Colorado Rockies : P-Ubaldo Jimenez; P-Jorge de la Rosa
San Francisco Giants: C-Bengie Molina; 3B-Pablo Sandoval

Fredi Gonzalez Deserves A Florida Marlins Chance

 

There are still many things that I do not understand from Florida Marlins fans. I comprehend through their long rocky history many unlikable things and decisions have happened however the 2009 edition should still be given a chance.

Very true the Marlins started sizzling hot with an 11-1 record. After that unlucky 13th game the month of April seems very long time ago. However does anybody think out there that they can arise again? Let’s not forget in 2003 under former Manager Jeff Torborg that team in the Month of June its destiny was to share the cellar of its Eastern Division with the defunct Montreal Expos. The rest is history. A World Championship.

It’s understandable there are not at present to many positive news, however at the moment I’m writing this column I have not seen one headline in all South Florida media that Hanley Ramírez is the National League’ s leading vote-getter among shortstop in the last balloting update for the 80th All-Star Game to be played on July at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

Ramírez, who is among the league batting leaders, is trying to earn the starting shortstop nod for the second consecutive season. And as the case of Ramirez good news are never heard.

But seems nobody cares. I understand fans have seen many; many people go but as the popular say tells the moment should be enjoy.

In contrary the only these days it could be heard all over whatever you want to call it nowadays stadium among media and fans it is the calling for the head of Manager Fredi González. First the chopping started this season in Arizona, then in Colorado and looks like many want to see the Cuban-born pilot be the third one gone.

I understand as Jim Leyland, former Marlins Manager and now the Detroit Tigers boss, said once is easier to get fired one person—the manager—rather than all the 25 players. However, the 2009 Marlins roller coaster is not all González fault.

In paper the Marlins began the season with the best youngest starting rotation in the National League. Only big right-hander Josh Johnson has been dependable so far. Same as the bullpen that was suppose to be one of the best in years only veteran Kiko Calero have not been as shaky as its counterparts.

It’s not Gonzalez culpability that the team offense is one of the worst three and also as a team their defense is one of the worst three in the National League.

Gonzalez last season was selected 2008 National League Manager of the Year by The Sporting News. I understand that Marlins fans unless they are not subscribed to thewell-known publication either they do not care or they are learning about the accolade now. He deserved it and he should have been the Majors’ National League manager of the year. If someone forgets, the 2008 less Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis was supposed to be the worst ever since 1998.

Give Fredi Gonzalez a chance. If not the changes should start in the roster itself.

This column was published by The Puerto Rico Daily Sun/ MLB Commentary

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