“Can’t anybody here play this game?” — Casey Stengel
Manny Ramirez is a oddball. He’s a laughably bad fielder with weird off-field habits. “Manny being Manny” is long-running baseball shorthand to explain away his antics.
But in the batter’s box he is a raging bull, a career .312 average after 19 seasons with 555 home runs and 1,831 runs batted in. Make what you will of his personality, but his stats put him among the all-time greats. Continue reading