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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Manny Ramirez hits 3rd home-run in extra to propel Rhinos to win.

Not bad for a 40 year old to hit .322/.365/.525, and that he’s crushing attendance records harder than those balls is even more amazing, the league is well on pace to shatter just about every single attendance record in the leagues’ history, most of it set in the leagues’ formulative years.

So yeah, all hail Manny, going to see him this Saturday.

 

 

RollingWave Posted: April 23, 2013 at 09:38 PM | 33 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: brothers elephants, eda rhino, manny ramirez, taiwan

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   1. Bourbon Samurai Posted: April 23, 2013 at 11:25 PM (#4424109)
Awesome.
   2. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: April 23, 2013 at 11:26 PM (#4424111)
He's a big, cheatin' goofball. But man, the dude sure was fun to watch when he was locked in.
   3. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 23, 2013 at 11:37 PM (#4424117)
Out of curiosity, do they test for PEDs in Taiwan, and does Manny get heightened scrutiny because of his prior record?
   4. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: April 24, 2013 at 12:33 AM (#4424137)
Is there a fan in the stands saying "Is it him?"
   5. RollingWave Posted: April 24, 2013 at 01:07 AM (#4424148)
They do test for PED, though I'm not sure at what standard / regularity, but he did pass a physical that included drug test before he was cleared to play.
   6. vortex of dissipation Posted: April 24, 2013 at 01:30 AM (#4424153)
Did the other team not notice that he missed home plate?
   7. RollingWave Posted: April 24, 2013 at 06:51 AM (#4424170)
Though lets just say that, if the MLB were like the CPBL and facing gambling problems, they probably won't care that much about PEDs either.

   8. Benji Gil Gamesh Rises Posted: April 24, 2013 at 07:04 AM (#4424172)
All-dirt infield, no grass at all? Is that common?
   9. catomi01 Posted: April 24, 2013 at 08:42 AM (#4424214)
All-dirt infield, no grass at all? Is that common?


It's actually a slow-pitch softball league - the opposing teams have just agreed to play baseball for a game when Manny is there for the attendance boost.
   10. Eric Ferguson Posted: April 24, 2013 at 09:31 AM (#4424244)
I miss Manny. There, I said it.
   11. vortex of dissipation Posted: April 24, 2013 at 11:26 AM (#4424382)
All-dirt infield, no grass at all? Is that common?


In Asia, yes it is. Some NPB parks are like that. Here's Hanshin Koshien Stadium, the home of the Hanshin Tigers, and the most revered stadium in Japan.
   12. RMc is a fine piece of cheese Posted: April 24, 2013 at 11:39 AM (#4424402)
So the CPBL is equivalent to, what, AA ball? Double-A-and-a-half?
   13. DFA Posted: April 24, 2013 at 03:39 PM (#4424816)
At the 44 second mark, was there a yellow sign that said:
Manny
Sorry
Elephants

???
   14. vortex of dissipation Posted: April 24, 2013 at 03:57 PM (#4424869)
At the 44 second mark, was there a yellow sign that said:
Manny
Sorry
Elephants


The team Manny is playing against in the clip is called the Brother Elephants.
   15. The kids disappeared, now Der-K has too much candy Posted: April 24, 2013 at 04:26 PM (#4424939)
12: Assuredly lower, though I'm not comfortable with coming up with an estimate.
   16. Dave Spiwak Posted: April 24, 2013 at 04:43 PM (#4424971)
All-dirt infield, no grass at all? Is that common?

First thing I thought was this looks like my kid's little league field. The backward rooster-strut pimpjob after ManRam crushed that 141kph meatball would not be welcome at the local little league field, however.

Manny
Sorry
Elephants


I read this as:

"Manny, sorry." -- Elephants

What did the elephants do that's got them apologizing to Manny?
   17. cardsfanboy Posted: April 24, 2013 at 04:44 PM (#4424972)
"Manny, sorry." -- Elephants


There was a HR also on the sign(top corner)

so it read
Manny Hr
Sorry
Elephants.
   18. Rowland Office Supplies Posted: April 24, 2013 at 06:10 PM (#4425071)
Please tell me there's a documentary crew following him around.
   19. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: April 24, 2013 at 08:26 PM (#4425168)
What did the elephants do that's got them apologizing to Manny?

It involves really, really big towels.
   20. RollingWave Posted: April 24, 2013 at 08:53 PM (#4425199)
All-dirt infield, no grass at all? Is that common?

Yes, though that field is the oldest / crappiest one they still play in (plans of taking it down soon) some of the newer once have grass infield.

So the CPBL is equivalent to, what, AA ball? Double-A-and-a-half?

The saying was that it's more like between A+ to AA, but then again, there are a pretty significant number of players in there that did well in the higher minors in the majors nowadays, so it might be pushing it up. for example, Manny was also joined by Chin Lung Hu this year on the Rhino, who spent the last couple years as a fringe utility infielder for the Dodger / Mets and did have a very good season in AAA a few years back. But the comparison is difficult, the ceiling of most players are certainly lower, but A+ ball isn't filled with crafty 30 year olds, that's what AAA is for.

Fu Te Ni went from being a good lefty starter in the CPBL to being a good LOOGY reliever for the Tigers in one season, Nelson Figeuroa went from a good pitcher as a 33 year old in the CPBL to a average one for the Mets as a 34 year old, so yeah.. it's not exactly easy to make a strait out comparison



   21. Squash Posted: April 24, 2013 at 09:59 PM (#4425248)
that 141kph meatball

87 mph for a lefty ain't bad. Someone needs to get Ed Wade on the phone and tell him there's a promising LOOGY in Taiwan.
   22. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 24, 2013 at 10:31 PM (#4425287)
I wonder how Manny's nearly 30-second stroll around the bases would go over in MLB, especially the backwards moonwalk out of the batters box.
   23. RollingWave Posted: April 24, 2013 at 10:34 PM (#4425290)
And it was the 11th inning, not exactly a time to trout out your best pitchers.

The Elephants do have a local starter that can touch the upper 90s in Chen Hong Wen (ex Cubs prospect) at least in relief out of the windup, they're moving him to start though so not sure what happens there. he does hit 150 kM + with regularity in relieve though ( 95+ ) and touched probably 97-98 a few times. But yeah, most pitchers sit in the 140 (upper 80s to lower 90s) in the CPBL (not unlike say.. the NPB. though NPB pitchers tend to have better command as awhole.)



   24. RollingWave Posted: April 24, 2013 at 10:36 PM (#4425291)
I wonder how Manny's nearly 30-second stroll around the bases would go over in MLB, especially the backwards moonwalk out of the batters box.


Haven't you watched Manny for the last 10 years?

I think at this stage most people realize he's just an airhead and not really a jerk.
   25. VoodooR Posted: April 24, 2013 at 10:45 PM (#4425298)
I miss Manny. There, I said it.


Oh, me too! Loved that guy. Why do we have to be bashful about saying that? Is it just the "OMG teh PEDS! teh CHEATER!11!!" bullsh!t?
   26. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: April 25, 2013 at 03:21 AM (#4425366)
I wonder how Manny's nearly 30-second stroll around the bases would go over in MLB, especially the backwards moonwalk out of the batters box.


His stroll around the bases might not even be the longest in MLB this year.

Manny did a lot of stuff that you'd think wouldn't go over well, but he was (and still is!) Manny.

   27. shoewizard Posted: April 25, 2013 at 07:16 AM (#4425379)
It looked like he didn't touch home plate.

I think at this stage most people realize he's just an airhead and not really a jerk.


Why can't he be both ? He sure seems like both

His stroll around the bases might not even be the longest in MLB this year.


For some reason I didn't think of Billy Butler or Willin Rosario would be the guys to show up on that list TWICE
   28. Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: April 25, 2013 at 07:51 AM (#4425385)
Oh, me too! Loved that guy. Why do we have to be bashful about saying that? Is it just the "OMG teh PEDS! teh CHEATER!11!!" bullsh!t?


I can understand how Manny might have been a pain in the ass as a teammate and as an employee, but as a fan I don't really care about such things. From my perspective as a fan he was a joy to watch and root for, and I have to admit that my interest in the Red Sox has declined since he was drummed out of town.

I recall that when the Sox were trying to execute the 3-way deal with the Rangers and White Sox that would have shipped Manny out and brought in A-Rod one of the supposed rationales for the deal was that the Sox management apparently believed that A-Rod would be more marketable to fans. If that was really what they thought, I think they completely misunderstood how fans think.
   29. The District Attorney Posted: April 25, 2013 at 09:04 AM (#4425404)
For some reason I didn't think of Billy Butler or Willin Rosario would be the guys to show up on that list TWICE
Well, I think it illustrates why homerun trot time shouldn't be taken as a measurement of how good a person someone is. The reason those two get around the bases slowly is because... they're slow.

I recall that when the Sox were trying to execute the 3-way deal with the Rangers and White Sox that would have shipped Manny out and brought in A-Rod one of the supposed rationales for the deal was that the Sox management apparently believed that A-Rod would be more marketable to fans. If that was really what they thought, I think they completely misunderstood how fans think.
To be fair, before he came to NY and became the Goofus to Derek Jeter's Gallant, A-Rod was pretty much a golden boy. The only "criticism" you could lodge against him is that the Rangers may have paid him too much money (they didn't, really, but a lot of people thought they did). Other than that, he was the best player in baseball, articulate and good-looking -- on track to be the public face of the game.
   30. base ball chick Posted: April 25, 2013 at 11:42 AM (#4425545)
manny was an awesome hitter and i'm sorry he is being dismissed because the fool did drugs at the end of his career. i'm glad he's having a good time in taiwan and i'm glad that the folks there are enjoying watching him too

you know nelson figueroa was on his last legs when he made the astros starting rotation, although to be fair to him, he lives on the edges and the astros catchers were/are simply terrible at getting borderline calls
   31. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: April 25, 2013 at 01:03 PM (#4425600)
To be fair, before he came to NY and became the Goofus to Derek Jeter's Gallant, A-Rod was pretty much a golden boy. The only "criticism" you could lodge against him is that the Rangers may have paid him too much money (they didn't, really, but a lot of people thought they did). Other than that, he was the best player in baseball, articulate and good-looking -- on track to be the public face of the game.

The Mets got into the A-Rod sweepstakes, and then made a big deal about him demanding a string of perks including a tent, and how they weren't going to be a "24+1" team. That stuck like superglue before his first New York at-bat-- one of the great "we're out of the deal and this is why you're glad" P.R. deflections in sports history. And of course he was getting crap for "hurting the team" as a Ranger. A-Rod's golden boy days were over sometime in Arlington... if not at the moment he was dotting the i in "Rodriguez" on That Contract, then not long after.
   32. SoSH U at work Posted: April 25, 2013 at 01:23 PM (#4425620)
if not at the moment he was dotting the i in "Rodriguez" on That Contract, then not long after.


Like the moment during his first month in Texas when he riffed on Jeter's leadership skills.

I have to admit that my interest in the Red Sox has declined since he was drummed out of town.


I still love Manny, but let's face it, he was a pretty instrumental member of the rhythm section there.

   33. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: April 25, 2013 at 01:55 PM (#4425660)
Is there a fan in the stands saying "Is it him?"


Taiwanese Fan #1: You ever see him play?

Taiwanese Fan #2: Yeah, I saw pictures.

Taiwanese Fan #1: Pictures

[scoffs]

Jason Grimsley: I saw him play.

Taiwanese Fan #1: Yeah? What do you think?

Jason Grimsley: He was the best. Hit, hit, cork a bat without getting me involved... he was the best.

Taiwanese Fan #1: So what do you think? Is it him?

Jason Grimsley: Nah. Those fellas are all gone now.

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