Source Pravda.Ru

Manny Ramirez may leave Red Sox

An outfielder for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball, "Manny" Ramirez announced his decision to leave the team. Ramirez said that he wasn’t going to ask the Red Sox for extension, thus leaving the right of choice for the team.

2007 Season was difficult for the player. He finished with a .296 batting average, 20 home runs, and 87 runs batted in. His season was cut short when he strained his left oblique in late August during a New York Yankees series. Manny did return to the lineup for the final homestand of the season. In 2007, he had the lowest range factor of all AL left fielders, 1.72, and the lowest zone rating of all major league left fielders, .713.

In the postseason, Manny Ramirez hit a walk-off 3-run home run in Game 2 of the American League Division Series off Francisco Rodriguez in the bottom of the 9th inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. In the fourth inning of the series's final game, Ramirez combined with teammate David Ortiz to hit back-to-back home runs off pitcher Jered Weaver. This home run tied him with Bernie Williams for first place all-time in postseason home runs. On October 13th, Ramirez hit his 23rd postseason home run, passing Bernie Williams for the most all-time.

He also helped the Red Sox make it and win the 2007 World Series. He helped the Sox sweep in the World Series against the Colorado Rockies. In the 2007 Postseason, Ramirez batted .348 with 4 home runs and 16 RBI.

Though Ramirez’ hitting ability is undeniable, has periodically displayed a lack of enthusiasm and/or concentration, with mental lapses in both the outfield or running the bases. These incidents are described as just "Manny Being Manny." This time he is going to prove this phrase once more.

Photo: bostondirtdogs.boston.com

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