Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Manny Ramirez

Sometimes people forget exactly how good Manny Ramirez is in historical context. Here are just some of the things that Manny can accomplish this upcoming season if he just has an average (for him) season:
Manny will probably move past Dwight Evans in total bases next year. Evans has 4230 total bases and is currently in 53rd place all-time.

Manny needs just 30 HR to reach 500 for his career.

Manny will most likely move into the top 25 in all-time RBI next season. Of the players in the top 25 only Barry Bonds, Raphael Palmeiro, Cal Ripken, Ken Griffey Jr. and Harold Baines are not currently in the Hall of Fame. Ripken will soon be enshrined and I think Manny and Griffey Jr. are locks (Bonds and Palmeiro have the steroid issue to deal with and Harold Baines is perhaps the best player not in Cooperstown).

Manny has a very good chance next year to catch Honus Wagner for 27th place in all-time extra-base hits. Manny needs just 69 extra base hits to catch Wagner and the past 3-years Manny has averaged 75 extra-base hits per year.

Manny needs just 77 RBI to pass Jimmy Foxx for 6th place on the all-time Red Sox list.

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