But allow me to try and put a little perspective on this, if I may. Sure, the 500 home run club isn’t what it once was. It’s gotta be a little tainted when some clown named Rafael Palmeiro is in it. There are, almost undoubtedly, some guys with 500 home runs that wouldn’t be there without the help of performance enhancing drugs.
Trivia: Manny finished second in Rookie of the Year voting in 1994. Who was first?
That said, Manny, for my money at least, is one of the best right-handed hitters ever. And you can probably make a good argument that he deserves to be in the conversation for best hitter ever. Seriously, think about it.
He’s a career .312 hitter, with a career on-base percentage of .408. He’s an 11-time All Star. Think about how consistent he has been over the last 10 years especially, and answer me this. Would Big Papi be Big Papi if Manny didn’t hit behind him? I think we all know the answer to that.
He’s a sure-fire, first ballot Hall of Famer, and is one of about three players I would pay to just watch him hit.
Putting all the Manny being Manny stuff aside, you can’t tell me he’s not a smart baseball player. He’s mastered playing the Green Monster. You can’t be an idiot and make pitchers pay as consistently as Manny does.
Congrats, Manuel. You are a stud.
Answer: Bob Hamelin. Who the hell is that? Oh, he was out of the Bigs by 1999.
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