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Retired Superstar Manny Ramirez Made Some Interesting Comments About Derek Jeter During NESN’s Broadcast Monday Night’s Red Sox-Tigers Games at Fenway Park.
Ramirez was at Fenway to be inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame and later stopped by the booth where he indicated that it seemed Derek Jeter will not Have achieved the same level of recognition by playing in a different city.
During a conversation with former players Kevin Miller and Dennis Eckersley, Ramirez discussed Jeter’s career, saying: “It’s like if you put Jeter in Kansas City in those years, he was just a regular player.”
both players were awesome mlb careers, Yankees legend and first Ballet Hall of Famer with nearly 3,500 hits, 1,923 runs and a .310 career batting average accumulated. Not to mention his famous clutch postseason exploits that earned him the nickname “Mr.
Meanwhile, Ramirez has not been elected to the hall due to multiple suspensions for violating the league’s drug policy. But his career was no less exemplary, with 555 home runs, .414 on a base percentage and a batting line-up of 55% better than the league average.
While it appears to be a shot at Jeter’s ability, the broader context of the quote is a comment on the relative pressure of playing in Boston or New York:
“You have to understand that. If you haven’t played in Boston or New York, you’re not in the big leagues,” he said.
Ramirez doesn’t really have a point; While Boston and New York may garner more media attention, there are several major markets under pressure to win. For example, expectations are often higher in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles or Philadelphia.
Mike Trout is less of a superstar in Anaheim, as Ramirez was in Boston, meaning that only those two cities constitute the “big leagues” given the success achieved in cities such as Atlanta.
At least though, at least Ramirez wasn’t influencing Derek Jeter’s career by not showing a fair amount of RE2PECT.