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Monday, September 7, 2009

Manny Ramirez Keeps the Dodgers Rolling

Sure, they all hate Manny. But Manny is getting it done:
Manny Ramirez played only 2 1/2 innings of the Dodgers' 7-2 victory in Arizona today, but what a 2 1/2 innings they were.

He hit a solo home run that started a three-run second inning for the Dodgers, who last scored more than two runs in an inning on Aug. 29.

He struck out in the third inning, threw his bat in apparent displeasure and was thrown out of the game by home plate umpire Doug Eddings.

The ejection was the second of the season for Ramirez and the sixth of his career.

The Dodgers were ahead 3-0 at the time of his ejection and increased their lead to 4-0 when Ronnie Belliard hit a home run in the fourth inning.

How is it that a premiere hitter in Major League Baseball with as ugly of a reputation as Ramirez can rack up only his sixth career ejection after 16 seasons in the Major Leagues? He has 543 home runs as of tonight, and is 20 hits shy of 2,500. Is he a lock to hit 600 home runs and get 3,000 hits? I would say that he's definitely a lock to do both if he can play four or five more years, and at 37, that's not a guarantee, of course, but it would certainly be an amazing (yet steroids-tainted) career, nonetheless.

Somehow, Manny is still thriving, long after the time when he should have been ridden out of baseball on a rail.