I really have to take umbridge with this quote.
First of all, Travis Hafner is in no way better than Manny Ramirez. He had a terrific year last year and a decent year before, but Manny consistently puts up Hall of Fame numbers. I'm not trying to be a smart ass, but look at Manny's numbers and you will be amazed at the stat sheet.
On any given day, Vlad and Manny are interchangable. I might even rate Vlad as a better all around ball player (his arm is one of the strongest in the league), but Manny is a better disicplined hitter.
Barry Bonds? The guy who is 41-years-old and coming off double knee surgery? That Barry Bonds?
ARod is better than Manny. I agree with you on that.
As much as I love Ortiz, and he may be my current favorite Sox, he's not better than Manny Ramirez. Also, he hasn't been as consistent over his career as Manny, now that probably has something to do with the fact that he was misuesed early in his career and constantly platooned, but Manny Ramirezes don't grow on trees.
I think that the Sox front office has realized this and are waiting to be bowled over with a terrific deal. Put it this way, if you could make a trade with any of the guys that you listed, would you trade Manny for them today? Yes on ARod, Vlad and Pujols. No on Bonds, Hafner and Ortiz. Sometimes, baseball analysis is that easy.
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Again, I feel the need to point out that I'm responding to the comment that Manny is the best hitter in all of baseball. I'm not debating if Manny has the best total career numbers, or if he's been the best for the aggregated last 5 years. I'm making a point that he's not the best hitter in baseball now. Hafner was better last year, and the year before. The numbers speak for themselves. Manny was in the top 10 last year, but not better than Hafner, or Derek Lee, or A-Rod, or Vlad, or David Ortiz, or Pujols, or even Carlos Delgado. Two years ago Bonds blew Manny out of the water. So Manny can't possibly be the best in those last two years.
I'm also not debating who is a better player. I'm debating who is a better hitter right now. Of course A-Rod is a better player than Manny. So is Vlad. So is Pujols. So is Hafner in my opinion. Hell, so is Miguel Cabrera. But that's not what I'm talking about. Hitting is what I'm talking about, and Manny is not the best at hitting right now, or even one of the best 3. He's not even the best hitter on the team. Nor was he ever the best hitter in baseball at any given time.
On a side note, Barry Bonds was the best hitter in baseball by a monstrous margin at ages 35, 36, 37, 38, and 39. If he can come back healthy (which I don't know if he can,) but if he can, I don't see why we would expect to see a huge drop-off in performance, since he was the best by such a huge margin for so long. Manny was never the best by a huge margin like Bonds was. Hell, he was never the best at all, not even by a close margin, at any given time. Manny put together a really great string of seasons, but none of those single seasons was the best of the year. Manny was never the best, and he never will be.
Let's not view the world through Red Sox colored glasses. Manny is a great hitter, really. But for every single season in Manny's entire career, someone else has had a better season that same year hitting-wise. He's he's not the best hitter in baseball now, and he never has been.
Edited by HeadNumberNine, 04 January 2006 - 12:06 PM.