Friday, May 8, 2009
Manny Ramirez by the numbers
The information below came from ESPN's Stats & Analysis and Research departments:
Top things to know
1. Manny Ramirez has been suspended 50 games for violating MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Ramirez will be able to return to the Dodgers for their July 3 game at San Diego, barring any postponements.
2. Ramirez has hit 20-plus home runs in 14 straight seasons.
3. Ramirez has more postseason home runs (28) than any player in history.
4. Ramirez currently ranks 17th on the all-time HR list with 533.
5. Ramirez this season is hitting .348, with 6 home runs and 20 RBIs, in 27 games. In 80 career games with the Dodgers (equivalent to about half a season), he's hitting .380, with 23 HRs and 73 RBIs.
Manny Ramirez career notes
• 12-time All-Star
• 9-time Silver Slugger Award winner
• 274 HRs with Red Sox, fifth-most in franchise history
• 236 HRs with Indians, third-most in franchise history
• 10 playoff appearances, two World Series titles
• 2004 World Series MVP
According to Inside Edge projections, Manny Ramirez was set for yet another 30-homer, 103-RBI season before he was hit with a 50-game suspension. This is how Inside Edge projects Ramirez's season to end up now that he will miss a significant portion of 2009.
Ramirez has been the biggest contributor to the Dodgers' offense. Including the postseason, Ramirez has hit 28 percent of the Dodgers' home runs since he was acquired last summer.
One of the biggest beneficiaries of the Manny Ramirez trade was Andre Ethier, who hit .368 with nine home runs after Manny's arrival in Los Angeles last season. One of his biggest jumps came when runners were on base. Ethier had slightly more plate appearances with runners on base and he took advantage of them, hitting 76 points better and slugging 111 points higher in those situations since Manny's arrival.
Since Ramirez arrived in Los Angeles, not only has he been productive, but his presence in the lineup has made the No. 3 and 4 spots in the Dodgers' order a force to be reckoned with.
Ramirez consistently hits for power, as proven by his spectacular home run percentage last season.
While Manny hit a sizable percentage of homers in 2008, most of them had little or no impact on the outcome of the game for his team. Of the 122 players to hit 15 or more home runs last season, Manny ranked 20th in average win probability increase per homer (15.02 percent).
While Manny hit 17 of the Dodgers' 63 home runs from Aug. 1 on in 2008, his home runs did not have much impact on the Dodgers' win probability.
• Manny has hit six home runs in 2009, none of which have improved the Dodgers' chances of winning by more than 12 percent.
• Ramirez's 7.4 percent home run percentage in 2008 was the highest of his career, and has dipped dramatically this season (5 percent), but his strikeout/walk ratio is currently the best it has ever been (0.65). Manny's previous career-best K/BB ratio was 0.97 in 2003 when he finished sixth in the MVP voting.
Ramirez has a habit of going to teams with rough postseason histories, but has helped those teams turn it around.
Since joining the Dodgers on Aug. 1, 2008, Manny Ramirez has been invaluable. His .380 batting average in that span is best in the big leagues, and his .710 slugging percentage is second behind only Albert Pujols. The Dodgers were hitting just .256 before Ramirez joined the team last season.
Approximately 301 times in MLB history a player has slugged at least .600 in a season (among qualifiers). Only 11 of those seasons have been by a player at least 36 years old. Last season, Manny became the 6th different player to accomplish the feat and is currently slugging .641 this season.
With Ramirez suspended 50 games and not scheduled to return (at the earliest) until July 3, it's interesting to note that June is his least prolific HR month.