Newest Member of Club; Ramirez Holds Playoff Home Run Record Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Wednesday, 24 October 2007

Red Sox slugger has 24 postseason long balls (and counting); Holds all-time top spot

In addition to becoming the newest member of The 500 Home Run Club on May 30, 2008 when he hit his 500th long ball against Baltimore Orioles pitcher Chad Bradford, "Manny" Manuel Aristides (Onelcida) Ramirez (507+) has also achieved "home run glory" of another kind on October 13, 2007 when the Red Sox slugger surpassed Bernie Williams' ALL-TIME RECORD FOR THE MOST HOME RUNS IN POSTSEASON HISTORY.

Name Division LCS World Series Total

* Manny Ramirez1010424
Reggie Jackson261018
Mickey Mantle--1818
Jim Thome86317
Babe Ruth--1515
Frank Robinson-2810
Barry Bonds3249
Eddie Murray1348
Alex Rodriguez34-7
Hank Aaron-314
Ken Griffey, Jr.51-6
Jimmie Foxx--44
Mark McGwire-314
Mel Ott--44
Rafael Palmeiro13-4
Harmon Killebrew-213
Willie McCovey-213
Mike Schmidt-123
Frank Thomas 21-3
Sammy Sosa-2-2
Willie Mays-1-1
Eddie Mathews--11
Ted Williams---0
Ernie Banks---0

In the fifth inning of Game 2 of the American League Championship Series, "Man-Ram" launched an 0-2 offering from Indians reliever Rafael Perez deep to center field. The ball carried over Boston's bullpen, marking the 23rd home run in postseason play for Ramirez.

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Post-Season Posterboys

To put Manny Ramirez's achievement into perspective, here is the breakout of post-season home runs hit by members of the 500 Home Run Club*.

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The two-run blast for the Red Sox knotted the score at five apiece, and Mike Lowell made it back-to-back jacks when he followed suit sending another Perez pitch over the 37-foot wall in left field to put Boston ahead by one run.

After the inning, "Manny being Manny" jogged out to left field, while his all-time playoff record was announced on the center-field scoreboard. The fans inside Fenway Park roared and offered the slugger a standing ovation, as he tipped his cap and waved to the crowd.

"It feels great," Ramirez said after that game-winning long ball. "It's been a long time since I've done something special like that. I haven't been right all year. But I guess when you don't feel good and you still get hits, that's when you know you are a bad man."

Manny added one more long ball to bring his career post-season total to 24. 






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