Manny Ramirez by the numbers

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Forgetting all of the other stuff for a moment, let’s marvel at just how good of a hitter Manny Ramirez was over the course of 19 major league seasons.

– Ramirez finishes his career with a .312/.411/.585 line.  He ranks 87th all-time in average, 32nd in on-base percentage and ninth in slugging percentage.  His .996 career OPS ranks ninth all-time:

1. Babe Ruth – 1.164
2. Ted Williams – 1.116
3. Lou Gehrig – 1.080
4. Barry Bonds – 1.051
5. Albert Pujols – 1.048
6. Jimmie Foxx – 1.038
7. Hank Greenberg – 1.017
8. Rogers Hornsby – 1.010
9. Ramirez – .996
10. Mark McGwire – .982

– 14th all-time with 555 homers.
– 18th all-time with 1,831 RBI
– 24th all-time with 547 doubles
– 26th all-time with 4,826 total bases
– 56th all-time with 1,544 runs scored
– 82nd all-time with 2,574 hits
– 11th all-time with 216 intentional walks
– 13th all-time with 14.9 AB/HR

– Ramirez is 42nd all-time in times on base, compared to just 131st in outs made.

– Ramirez had four 40-homer seasons, leading the AL in 2004 with 43 homers.

– His 165-RBI campaign in 1999 gives him the highest total anyone has amassed since Jimmie Foxx drove in 175 runs for the Red Sox in 1938.

– Ramirez led the AL in OPS in 1999, 2000 and 2004 and finished second on three other occasions. From 1999-2004, he never finished with an OPS under 1.000.

– He led the AL in OBP in 2002, 2003 and 2006.

– Ramirez hit 21 grand slams, which ranks second in MLB history behind Gehrig’s 23.

– Joined with David Ortiz in finishing with a .300 average, 40 homers and 100 RBI in 2004, making them the first pair of teammates to do so since Ruth and Gehrig in 1931.

– Hit .295/.394/.544 in 111 postseason games, playing for two World Series winners with the Red Sox in 2004 and 2007. In 2004, he was the World Series MVP.

– Ranks first all-time with 29 postseason homers, seven more than Bernie Williams. He’s second to Williams with 78 RBI.

Umpire Cory Blaser made two atrocious calls in the top of the 11th inning

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The Astros walked off 3-2 winners in the bottom of the 11th inning of ALCS Game 2 against the Yankees. Carlos Correa struck the winning blow, sending a first-pitch fastball from J.A. Happ over the fence in right field at Minute Maid Park, ending nearly five hours of baseball on Sunday night.

Correa’s heroics were precipitated by two highly questionable calls by home plate umpire Cory Blaser in the top half of the 11th.

Astros reliever Joe Smith walked Edwin Encarnación with two outs, prompting manager A.J. Hinch to bring in Ryan Pressly. Pressly, however, served up a single to left field to Brett Gardner, putting runners on first and second with two outs. Hinch again came out to the mound, this time bringing Josh James to face power-hitting catcher Gary Sánchez.

James and Sánchez had an epic battle. Sánchez fell behind 0-2 on a couple of foul balls, proceeded to foul off five of the next six pitches. On the ninth pitch of the at-bat, Sánchez appeared to swing and miss at an 87 MPH slider in the dirt for strike three and the final out of the inning. However, Blaser ruled that Sánchez tipped the ball, extending the at-bat. Replays showed clearly that Sánchez did not make contact at all with the pitch. James then threw a 99 MPH fastball several inches off the plate outside that Blaser called for strike three. Sánchez, who shouldn’t have seen a 10th pitch, was upset at what appeared to be a make-up call.

The rest, as they say, is history. One pitch later, the Astros evened up the ALCS at one game apiece. Obviously, Blaser’s mistakes in a way cancel each other out, and neither of them caused Happ to throw a poorly located fastball to Correa. It is postseason baseball, however, and umpires are as much under the microscope as the players and managers. Those were two particularly atrocious judgments by Blaser.