The post season is upon us and Internet sportsbook coverage of the teams and players has been fantastic so far. But one player, more than any other has been a one man wrecking crew this post season, and throughout his career, and deserves to be highlighted in the sportsbook coverage: Manny Ramirez. Sportsbook fans have heard a lot of Manny throughout the season.
When spring training started those many months ago the buzz as whether or not Manny would sign a new contract with the Red Sox. After several months of this kind of speculation appearing on Internet sportsbook sites, it seemed unlikely that we would see Manny playing in a Boston uniform in the coming years.
And then the talk on the sportsbook sites turned to a possible trade. The smart move seemed to be for the Sox to unload his contract before it expired and hope to get someone to replace the huge hole in the lineup that this exit would create for many sportsbook sites.
Manny did little to help his cause or endear himself to fans by apparently faking injuries and dogging it on the field. Boston’s hand was forced and the trade was made that would reshape the Internet sportsbook playoff race in the NL. Manny went to LA and in the other workings of the three team deal Jason Bay was sent to Boston to replace him.
The trade has turned out happily ever after by almost all accounts and Internet sportsbook fans have been treated to some fine baseball. Sportsbook analysts were curious how Manny and LA would mix and there is little doubt that Manny has been a huge boost to the team’s odds.
In the 57-games that he has played in Dodger blue he averaged over an RBI a game and has been hitting homeruns at a pace of over one every three games. For a team like the Dodgers that sorely lacked power, Manny has almost single-handedly made them a sportsbook contender for the World Series.
Since coming over the Dodgers took over first place in the NL West sportsbook standings and clinched a playoff birth. But still, many sportsbook fans wondered whether or not Manny would have much of a post season impact.
With two very impressive homers in two games, a handful of hits and RBIs, it’s safe to say that he’s only gotten better on the sportsbook stage. Whether you love Manny or hate him, it is impossible to deny that he is one of the greatest hitters the game has ever seen.
That may seem like exaggeration in an age where every achievement is inflated and trivialized, but all a sportsbook fan has to do is look over the numbers and there is little to argue over.
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