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Man-Ram Signed, Suspended, er… Retired?

Manny Ramirez, one of the biggest hitters in ULB baseball history, retreated into retirement Wednesday, opting not to serve a 50-game suspension after he tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

Ramirez, who was born in the Dominican Republic and attended high school in Manhattan, was selected in the first round of the 1991 draft by the Cleveland Indians. He made his major league debut at 21, quickly establishing himself as a power hitter who could also hit for average.

He transitioned to the ULB in 1996, signing with GM Ace Cooan’s Columbus Crickets franchise. Throughout his ULB Career, Ramirez amassed 305 home runs and a .281 batting average while making the All Star Game 7 times with the Crickets, Bees and Saints.

But he also created an image for himself as a quirky player who could be almost oblivious to what was going on around him — in the clubhouse, for sure, but sometimes it seemed in the field and on the basepaths.

He spend the latter half of his career bouncing around from team to team, always finding a new franchise to call home after wearing out his welcome. But faced with declining numbers and declining suitors for his services, Ramirez appeared near the tail end of a career that appeared to have stalled just shy of perhaps being considered Hall of Fame worthy.

Ramirez had agreed to sign a Minor League Contract with the Montreal Royals, and was hoping to shake off the rust and join the Big League club in short order. In effect, Man-Ram was returning to the franchise where he shined brightest, although they now play in a new city and have a new name.

Instead, Ramirez was informed that he had tested positive for a banned substance and would have to serve a 50 game suspension before he could join the Royals.  Ramirez informed the team that he would not serve his suspension and would instead retire from the game of baseball.

Matt White Traded to Crickets for Man-Ram

SP Matt White is heading to Columbus in exchange for OF Manny Ramirez.
SP Matt White is heading to Columbus in exchange for OF Manny Ramirez.

Well, Matt White has finally been traded, but far from signalling a rebuilding effort by the Bees, it may instead signal a retooling. In a blockbuster deal, White will be heading to the Crickets in exchange for All Star outfielder Manny Ramirez.

Ramirez, who is 30 is hitting .237 with 9 HR and 22 RBI for the Crickets this season. All signs pointed to the Crickets management being unhappy with the sometimes controversial outfielder, whose stats declined in 2002 after several outstanding seasons with Columbus. nowhere was this more evident than the 2002 postseason, where Ramirez hit just .154 with 1 HR in 12 games against the Fire and Gold Sox. The Bees also gain minor league closer Brian Montalbo, minor league starting pitcher Nick Stocks, who was 12-9 with a 4.55 ERA in Double A, and minor league outfielder Eddy Martinez-Esteve , who has hit .251 with 32 HR in 120 games in the minor leagues between Rookie and more recently earned a promotion to A Ball.

The Crickers, meanwhile gain the services of Matt White, who will solidify an already star studded rotation that boasts Kerry Wood, Geoff Goetz and Ramiro Mendoza. With the addition of White, who is 61-36 lifetime with the Bees, the Crickets now have Four Aces. (Sorry Las Vegas!) The Crickets also get 26 year old SS Aaron Miles in the deal. Miles was the Bees 2003 3rd round pick in the ULB First Year Players draft.

Gold Sox Win Nail Biter, Now 1 Game From Victory

 Union Cup Game 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Columbus Crickets 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 0
New Orleans Gold Sox 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 X 3 6 0

The New Orleanns Gold Sox won Game 4 of the Union Cup, and are now just one win away from their second Union Cup Championship. Gen Sueyoshi kept the Gold Sox in the game, pitching 6 and 2/3rds innings and allowing just 1 run, an RBI single by Jun Yamada in the 6th inning. He would leave in the next inning and be replaced by Sun-Woo Kim, who picks up the win after Crickets Starter Kerry Wood allowed three runs in the 7th inning.

Joe Hamilton gave the Gold Sox the Lead with a 2 RBI Single.
Joe Hamilton gave the Gold Sox the Lead with a 2 RBI Single.

Nomar Garciaparra started off the 7th with a single and would advance to second on a walk to Bill Mueller. Ricardo Dias then grounded into a fielders choice to put Garciapara on 3rd with 1 out. Arturo McDowell then drove in Garciaparra with a single to tie the game. Joe Hamilton then lined a softly hit single to drive in Dias and McDowell to give the Gold Sox a 3-1 lead.

The Gold Sox then held the Crickets down as Troy Percival allowed no hits in the 8th, though he did hit Alejandro Ahumada with a pitch. Hal Garrett walked Jason Harrison to start the 9th, but got Manny Ramirez to ground into a double play before striking out Jeff Baker to end the game and send the Gold Sox to Columbus holding all the cards going into Game 5.

Crickets Take Game 2 of Union Cup on Walk Off

 Union Cup Gm 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New Orleans Gold Sox 0 7 0 1 1 0 0 1 3 13 16 1
Columbus Crickets 2 0 0 0 0 7 3 0 4 16 19 4

The Columbus Crickets took game 2 in epic fashion as Jason Harrison sent a 3 run Home Run over the fences to give the Crickets a 16-13 Victory over the New Orleans Gold Sox. Things didn’t look good in the opening as Geoff Goetz lasted just an inning and 2/3rds and allowed 5 runs including homers to Tom Brady and Warren Morris.

Yfrain Linares held together better for the Gold Sox, last over over 5 innings and allowing 4 runs. He left after giving up back to back homers to J.D. Drew and Manny Ramirez. Doug Webb came in to relief him, and failed to retire a batter, allowing 5 runs, including a bases loaded double by Jun Yamada.

The Crickets would have the lead 12-10 to enter the 9th inning. Scott Ryder allowed a single to Nomar Garciaparra and a double to Bill Mueller to score Garciaparra on a bang bang play. Replays show that Garciaparra may have been out at the plate. With two outs, Ryder walked Arturo McDowell and Evert-Jean ‘t Hoen to load the bases. Jeff Baker then booted a groundball, allowing bith Mueller and McDowell to score, giving the Gold Sox the lead at 13-12. Luis Hernandez replaced Ryder, and struck out  Tom Brady to end the inning.

The Gold Sox sent Hal Garrett to the mound to start the bottom of the 9th. He walked Felix Maldonado to start the game, then struck out Alejandro Ahumada. Jun Yamada missed a bunt attempt on a 0-1 count, then down to his last strike lined single. A throwing error allowed both to advance on the play. A.J. Pierzynski lined a single to score Maldonado, but Yamada was gunned down at the plate to keep the game tied. Pierzynski advanced to 2nd on the throw, and the Gold Sox proceeded to give J.D. Drew an intentional walk. Jason Harrison came to the plate. Garrett missed the plate with his first two pitches, then Harrison connected on a golf ball shot to deep left field. The ball cleared the fences, and all the Gold Sox could do was watch as the Crickets took Game 2 of the Union Cup to even things up at 1 game a piece.

The Cup now moves to New Orleans for Game 3. te Gold Sox will start Tommy Marx and the Crickets will send Ramiro Mendoza to the mound in that game.

Players League Cup Recap, Games 1 & 2

The Phoenix Fire and Columbus Crickets are all tied up at 2 games each heading into Game 3. Here’s how they got there:

Game 1 was decided in the 10th inning when Tagg Bozied hit a solo HR in the top of the inning. Before that, the Fire mounted a 9th inning comeback while they were down 3-0.  Jesus Arredondo hit a 2 run Home Run off Crickets closer Scott Ryder. That came after Bozied singled, then advanced on a wild pitch. Colin Hinds reached on an error by Jun Yamada, while Bozied scored from second without a throw.  Brian Constandas was injured in the game and Carlos Carrasco took his place in LF. Ramiro Mendoza went 8 innings and allowed no runs for the Crickets.

Game 2 saw the Crickets getting to Andy Yount early and never looking back. The returning Yount, who was sidelined for most of the second half of the season with elbow inflammation, went 7.1 innings and allowed 3 runs. It was enough for the Crickets. Kerry Wood went 5.1 innings and allowed 1 run and 3 walks. Alejandro Ahumada hit a 2 run HR in the 5th inning to put the Crickets up 3-0. The Fire chipped after at the lead, and got the score to 3-2, but a Manny Ramirez double in the 8th inning that scored Jason Harrison put the nail in the coffin of Yount, and the Fire lose the game 4-2. Scott Ryder pitched a 1-2-3 9th for his first save of the 2002 postseason.

Kindelan Looking towards Future?


GM Trigg Hasn't made effort to resign Stars' Kindelan
GM Trigg Hasn’t made effort to resign Stars’ Kindelan

Is Orestes Kindelan willing to resign with the Hollywood Stars? While the 30 year old Cuban slugger did miss nearly a month of the season with a sprained ankle, he’s since come back and has continued to dominate league pitching. Kindelan is also reportedly demanding a large contract in order to remain in Hollywood. GM Marlon Trigg Sr. has remained mum on Kindelan’s future with the franchise. Reports indicate the two sides have had very little contact since the season began.

“They haven’t talked.” was the general word out of the Stars organization. Trigg himself was unavailable to speak to the media, since he’s been on a pleasure cruise for most of the season. This begs the question are the Stars willing to let Kindelan walk? Is Trigg coasting on fumes, and what does Owner Bill Gates have to say about the Stars GM’s lackadaisical command style thus far?

Kindelan is sure to command a large payday, however,in their month without him they proved they could win games without him. Kindelan will surely command an extravagant amount on the free agent market if Trigg lets him walk. With teams fighting over Kindelan, the Stars could potentially sign some of the other big ticket Free Agents that could potentially be on the market such as Jim Thome, Curt Schilling, Manny Ramirez or… Trigg’s potential #1 target Mike Piazza. Of course, the MLB will also be a factor in next years Free Agent Market, and it will be Trigg’s first test against the big boys of the MLB. The Stars play in one of the toughest markets in baseball with the Dodgers, Angels, A’s, Padres, Giants and the ULB’s San Jose Jedi nearby.

Trigg also has a hated Rival in the Washington Generals GM Josh Allenberg who will likely be looking to make Trigg pay dearly for the players he values most.

One way or the other, Trigg will have his work cut out for him this offseason, if he ever returns from his four month long pleasure cruise, that is.