Yet another high pop out.

Yet another high pop out.

Big Papi Popi has lost it. It’s over, it was a good run. Two World Series, the adoration of a city, it was great, while it lasted. To all the Massholes out there, Big Popi is done, finsihed, finito. He’s lost it, but did he ever really have it?

This may come as a shock to the Boston faithful, but Big Popi was never that great, but rather a product of hitting before Manny Ramirez. Want proof; i’ll give it to you.

 

David Ortiz’s stats with Minnesota from 1997 to 2002 (without Manny Ramirez).

  G          AB          R          H          HR          RBI          BB          AVG        OBP          SLG 

455     1477       215      393       48            178          186          .232          .325          .386

 

David Ortiz’s stats with Boston from 2003 to 2007 (with Manny Ramirez).

  G          AB          R          H          HR          RBI          BB          AVG        OBP          SLG

737      2738      523     826       168          642          465          .302          .401          .611

 

David Ortiz’s stats with Boston in 2008 (half the year with Manny Ramirez).

  G          AB          R          H          HR          RBI          BB          AVG        OBP          SLG

109       416         74       110         23            89             70           .264          .369          .507

 

David Ortiz’s stats with Boston in 2009 so far. (without Manny Ramirez). (Updated weekly)

  G          AB          R          H          HR          RBI          BB          AVG        OBP          SLG

  39        149         15        30           1              18             22            .201          .309          .309

 

It’s pretty obvious that Manny Ramirez was the reason for Big Popi’s success. With no Manny hitting behind him, protecting him, pitchers are going after Big Popi and he just can’t get it done. Big Popi must really miss Manny.

 Update – Literally minutes after I put this post on my blog, news broke about Manny Ramirez testing for a banned substance and has been suspended for 50 games. Talk about irony, however it still doesn’t change the fact that Big Papi Popi’s success was still a product of hitting ahead of Man Ram.

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