TPR11 Excerpt: Manny Moons Ago in Boston by Patrick Sullivan | The Process Report

TPR11 Excerpt: Manny Moons Ago in Boston by Patrick Sullivan

The first of two guest chapters (the other will be on display in 12 hours). This from Patrick Sullivan, who you can find on Red Sox Beacon and The Baseball Analysts.

As Manny came into his own, statistically inclined baseball fans, writers, and analysts marveled. He mashed, he saw a lot of pitches, he walked, he had a perfect approach, and he would unload on mistakes. When Moneyball was released, the mainstreaming of advanced stats was such that only offense mattered, a phenomenon that benefited Ramirez’s stature.

Advanced fielding metrics now afford us a better picture of who the best players are, though, and no-defense sluggers like Ramirez no longer rank the way we may have thought a decade ago. When you combine this trend with his largely self-imposed image-hit over the last few years, Ramirez’s reputation is slipping. Now with the Rays, a team that knows full well how to deploy his talents, Manny just needs to hit. And that’s the beauty of the Ramirez- Rays marriage. All Manny was ever meant to do was hit.



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