Manny Ramirez Biography, Life, Interesting Facts

Sportsman

Manny Ramirez

Birthday :

May 30, 1972

Also Known For :

Baseball

Birth Place :

Santo Domingo, National District, Dominican Republic

Zodiac Sign :

Gemini

Chinese Zodiac :

Rat

Birth Element :

Water


Early Years And Education

Manny Ramirez was born 30th May 1972, to Aristides and Onelcida Ramirez.  Ramirez was born in Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic. Manny Ramirez spent the first 13 years of his life in Santo Domingo, and in 1985, his family moved to Washington Heights in New York City.

In 1987, Ramirez enrolled at George Washington High School. Ramirez left school at the age of 19, but he didn’t graduate. During his time at high school, Ramirez led the baseball team to three division championships in a row.

In 1991, Ramirez was named the New York City Public School Player of the Year.

Career

Manny Ramirez entered the minor leagues in 1991 when he was drafted by the Cleveland Indians. Ramirez played for the Burlington Indians where he made his professional debut. In 1992 he played for the Kinston Indians. Ramirez had two stellar seasons.

In 1993, Ramirez made his major league debut with the Cleveland Indians. Whilst he played reasonable seasons in 1993 and 1994, his first outstanding season came in 1995. Ramirez won his first Silver Slugger Award, as well as being selected for his first All-Star Game.

Ramirez was offered a four-year contract worth $10.15 million, which  Manny Ramirez accepted. Manny Ramirez continued to improve his game, and the Cleveland Indians made the playoffs in 1995, 1996 and 1997.

Ramirez was one of the league’s best players through 1998 and 1999, although his form struggled in the 1999 post-season. Ramirez suffered injuries in 2000 which limited the number of games Manny Ramirez played, but Ramirez still batted an all-time high.

Ramirez was offered a new deal in 2000 by the Indians. It was $119 million over seven years. It was rejected by Ramirez. Ramirez was chased by several teams, and finally accepted an eight-year deal worth $160 million with the Boston Red Sox. There were $20 million options for the ninth and tenth years, which meant the contract was worth $200 million for 10 years, which is what Ramirez had been wanting.

Despite Ramirez having another fantastic season in 2001, the Red Sox didn’t qualify for the postseason. Ramirez also suffered from hamstring injuries in 2001, and his games were limited again in 2002 for the same reason.

In 2003, the Red Sox made the postseason. It was the first time they qualified while Ramirez was on their team. He missed several games through illness, but Ramirez was spotted out at a bar. Ramirez was benched for a game, despite having alibis that stood up for him to say he wasn’t partying.

The Red Sox had a change of ownership in the off-season, and despite Ramirez being a top producer, the new owners tried to trade him, so they wouldn’t be responsible for his high contract. None of the other clubs showed interest though, and it was primarily because of the high price they would have to pay.

2004 was another stellar year for Ramirez. Not only did the Red Sox make the postseason playoffs, they won the title, which was their first title in 86 years.

Over the next three years, Ramirez continued to be a top performer. He looked for a deal elsewhere, but no other clubs showed interest. In 2007, the Red Sox won another title, giving Ramirez his second world-series championship ring.

Although he performed well again in 2008, Ramirez was also embroiled in some off-field turmoil within the club, and although the Red Sox still had two years of options to exercise on his contract, the noise from fans and reporters to trade Ramirez was growing.

In July 2008, Ramirez was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He continued at the peak of his form for 2008 and started 2009 the same way, but in May 2009, Ramirez was suspended for 50 games for violating the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The actual reason for the suspension was not made public.

Ramirez served his suspension, spending some time in the minor leagues to help stay in shape.  Manny Ramirez was one of 104 players from the major league that tested positive.

His 2010 season was disrupted with injury, and the Dodgers decided they would trade him.

Ramirez was picked up by the Chicago White Sox.  Ramirez played out the 2010 season with them, but his form was ordinary, and Ramirez became a free agent at the end of the season.

The Tampa Bay Rays did a one-year deal with Ramirez worth $2 million for the 2011 season, but only three months in, Ramirez suddenly retired. It surfaced that he had again tested positive for a banned substance, and it was this that caused him to retire so suddenly.

Ramirez changed his mind though, and he decided to serve the 100-game match suspension that was handed out to him. Ramirez wanted to play in the Dominican Winter League, but the league was affiliated with the MLB, so Ramirez had to serve his suspension first before Manny Ramirez would be eligible to play.

An agreement was reached with the MLB and the Players Association in December 2011, and  Manny Ramirez only had to serve a 50-game suspension rather than the 100 games.

Ramirez played with the Oakland Athletics in 2012, but didn’t have a good season, and asked to be released at the end of the year, which they did.

Ramirez played in the Dominican Profession Baseball League in 2012, and in 2013, Ramirez played in the Chinese Professional Baseball League, based in Taiwan.

From 2013 to 2016, Ramirez was back in the minor leagues. He played for 2013 and 2014, and then was appointed as a hitting consultant for 2015 and 2016. In 2017, Ramirez played in the Japanese Shikoku Island League Plus.

Awards And Honors

Ramirez received many awards and honors. Some of these included 12 x All-Star (1995, 1998-2008), 9 x Silver Slugger Awards (1995, 1999-2006), and two times World Series Champion (2004 and 2007).

Personal

Ramirez married his wife, Juliana, in 2001. The couple have two children, and  Manny Ramirez also has a son from a previous relationship.

was born 30th May 1972, to Aristides and Onelcida Ramirez. Ramirez was born in Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic. Ramirez spent the first 13 years of his life in Santo Domingo, and in 1985, his family moved to Washington Heights in New York City. In 1987, Ramirez enrolled at George Washington High School. He left school at the age of 19, but he didn’t graduate. During his time at high school, Ramirez led the baseball team to three division championships in a row.

In 1991, Ramirez was named the New York City Public School Player of the Year.

Career

Ramirez entered the minor leagues in 1991 when he was drafted by the Cleveland Indians. Ramirez played for the Burlington Indians where he made his professional debut. In 1992 he played for the Kinston Indians. Ramirez had two stellar seasons.

In 1993, Manny Ramirez made his major league debut with the Cleveland Indians. Whilst Ramirez played reasonable seasons in 1993 and 1994, his first outstanding season came in 1995. Ramirez won his first Silver Slugger Award, as well as being selected for his first All-Star Game.

Ramirez was offered a four-year contract worth $10.15 million, which he accepted. Ramirez continued to improve his game, and the Cleveland Indians made the playoffs in 1995, 1996 and 1997.

Ramirez was one of the league’s best players through 1998 and 1999, although his form struggled in the 1999 post-season. Ramirez suffered injuries in 2000 which limited the number of games he played, but Ramirez still batted an all-time high.

Ramirez was offered a new deal in 2000 by the Indians. It was $119 million over seven years. It was rejected by Ramirez. Ramirez was chased by several teams, and finally accepted an eight-year deal worth $160 million with the Boston Red Sox. There were $20 million options for the ninth and tenth years, which meant the contract was worth $200 million for 10 years, which is what Ramirez had been wanting.

Despite Ramirez having another fantastic season in 2001, the Red Sox didn’t qualify for the postseason. Ramirez also suffered from hamstring injuries in 2001, and his games were limited again in 2002 for the same reason.

In 2003, the Red Sox made the postseason. It was the first time they qualified while Ramirez was on their team. Manny Ramirez missed several games through illness, but he was spotted out at a bar. Ramirez was benched for a game, despite having alibis that stood up for him to say Manny Ramirez wasn’t partying.

The Red Sox had a change of ownership in the off-season, and despite  Manny Ramirez being a top producer, the new owners tried to trade him, so they wouldn’t be responsible for his high contract. None of the other clubs showed interest though, and it was primarily because of the high price they would have to pay.

2004 was another stellar year for Ramirez. Not only did the Red Sox make the postseason playoffs, they won the title, which was their first title in 86 years.

Over the next three years, Ramirez continued to be a top performer. Ramirez looked for a deal elsewhere, but no other clubs showed interest. In 2007, the Red Sox won another title, giving Ramirez his second world-series championship ring.

Although Ramirez performed well again in 2008, Ramirez was also embroiled in some off-field turmoil within the club, and although the Red Sox still had two years of options to exercise on his contract, the noise from fans and reporters to trade Ramirez was growing.

In July 2008, Ramirez was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He continued at the peak of his form for 2008 and started 2009 the same way, but in May 2009, Ramirez was suspended for 50 games for violating the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The actual reason for the suspension was not made public.

Ramirez served his suspension, spending some time in the minor leagues to help stay in shape. Ramirez was one of 104 players from the major league that tested positive.

His 2010 season was disrupted with injury, and the Dodgers decided they would trade him.

Ramirez was picked up by the Chicago White Sox. Ramirez played out the 2010 season with them, but his form was ordinary, and he became a free agent at the end of the season.

The Tampa Bay Rays did a one-year deal with Ramirez worth $2 million for the 2011 season, but only three months in, Ramirez suddenly retired. It surfaced that he had again tested positive for a banned substance, and it was this that caused him to retire so suddenly.

Ramirez changed his mind though, and he decided to serve the 100-game match suspension that was handed out to him. Ramirez wanted to play in the Dominican Winter League, but the league was affiliated with the MLB, so Ramirez had to serve his suspension first before he would be eligible to play.

An agreement was reached with the MLB and the Players Association in December 2011, and Ramirez only had to serve a 50-game suspension rather than the 100 games.

Ramirez played with the Oakland Athletics in 2012, but didn’t have a good season, and asked to be released at the end of the year, which they did.

Ramirez played in the Dominican Profession Baseball League in 2012, and in 2013, Ramirez played in the Chinese Professional Baseball League, based in Taiwan.

From 2013 to 2016, Ramirez was back in the minor leagues. Ramirez played for 2013 and 2014 and then was appointed as a hitting consultant for 2015 and 2016.

In 2017, Ramirez played in the Japanese Shikoku Island League Plus.

Awards And Honors

Ramirez received many awards and honors. Some of these included 12 x All-Star (1995, 1998-2008), 9 x Silver Slugger Awards (1995, 1999-2006), and two times World Series Champion (2004 and 2007).

Personal

Manny Ramirez married his wife, Juliana, in 2001. The couple have two children, and Manny Ramirez also has a son from a previous relationship.


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