Manny Ramirez

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Manny Ramirez
Manny Ramirez

Arguably the greatest right-handed batter ever in club history, Manny Ramirez sent the first pitch he saw at Fenway Park as a member of the Red Sox over the Green Monster, just as Tony Conigliaro did in 1964. Over the next seven-plus seasons, the eccentric flycatcher, raised in the shadows of Yankee Stadium, would hit another 273, which places him fifth all-time amongst Boston sluggers past and present, at an amazing rate of 14.4 at-bats per home run. Among the more memorable ones was career home run number 500 in May 2008; in doing so, he became only the third player to accomplish that feat in a Boston uniform, joining two other legendary sluggers in Jimmie Foxx and Ted Williams.

His other numbers with the club speak for themselves; amongst franchise career leaders, he ranks ninth all-time in batting average (.312), sixth in runs batted in (868), fifth in on-base percentage (.411), and fourth in slugging percentage (.588). The respect opposing pitchers had for Ramirez also had a hand in building the career of David Ortiz; after a sub-par start to his career in Minnesota, Ortiz joined the Red Sox in 2003 and, with the perennial All-Star hitting behind him, developed into one of the most feared left-handed power hitters in the game. Eventually, the two sluggers became one of the greatest one-two punches in recorded baseball history, hitting a combined total of 422 home runs in five-plus seasons together, and combined for home runs in the same game over 40 times.

Notably, Ramirez was at his best when it counted most for the Sox: the post-season. In 165 at-bats over nine playoff series, he batted .321, averaging .375 or better four times, hit 11 home runs, drove home 36 runs, and even won World Series MVP honors in the 2004 Fall Classic batting .412 with a home run and four RBI.

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