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The Manny Effect?

What effect will Manny Ramirez's suspension
have on the remainder of the Dodgers roster?
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Manny Ramirez of the Los Angeles Dodgers is a great hitter, a flake and now possibly a cheater, but what effect will his 50-game suspension have on the fantasy world?

Obviously, Ramirez himself will be out of the lineup until early July and with it his prodigious slugging numbers. But what effect will it have on the remainder of the young fantasy-worthy players on the Dodgers roster?

We heard all last year how Manny's presence in the lineup calmed the young Dodgers hitters and made them better. I'm here to refute that, at least from a fantasy point of view.

Yes, Ramirez made the Los Angeles Dodgers a better team (30-24 regular season finish) helping them to a NL West crown and a first round sweep of the Chicago Cubs, but he wasn't as good at helping those around him as most of the press would have you believe.

Of the four young players who make up the core of the Dodgers' future, Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, James Loney and Russell Martin, only one had better statistics after Ramirez arrived at the end of July.

Ethier's numbers were up across the board, but not the other three hitters. For Kemp, Loney and Martin the final two months of the season produced less results not more. Check the statistics below.

From August 1st until the end of the regular season, Kemp, Loney and Martin had lower batting averages, on-base percentages, slugging percentages and OPS.

So while the Dodgers may struggle in Manny's absence, maybe Kemp, Loney and Martin will raise their games to a higher level.

Los Angeles Dodgers Splits - Pre/Post Ramirez Arrival
Player Pre/Post AVE OBP SLG OPS AB R HR RBI SB
Andre Ethier Pre 0.274 0.338 0.442 0.779 351 53 11 46 3
Andre Ethier Post 0.368 0.448 0.649 1.097 174 37 9 31 3
Matt Kemp Pre 0.295 0.351 0.464 0.815 390 57 12 57 26
Matt Kemp Post 0.282 0.319 0.449 0.768 216 36 6 19 9
James Loney Pre 0.296 0.354 0.456 0.810 395 53 9 60 4
James Loney Post 0.275 0.307 0.390 0.697 200 13 4 30 3
Russell Martin Pre 0.297 0.393 0.428 0.821 374 56 10 52 10
Russell Martin Post 0.246 0.367 0.330 0.697 179 31 3 17 8


Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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