Now Commenting On:

{"content":["spring_training" ] }

Manny re-ups for 18 games vs. Padres

NL West tougher with Manny, Padres say

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The sight of Manny Ramirez in a Dodgers' uniform doesn't sit too well with the Padres, who saw enough of the Los Angeles slugger in nine meetings a year ago.

Manny Ramirez

"The guy is one of the best hitters in the game," Padres left fielder Chase Headley said on Wednesday. "There aren't too many guys who make PETCO look small. But he hit a few balls where not that many people have hit them."

On the day Ramirez and the Dodgers agreed upon a two-year contract worth $45 million, the Padres were enjoying their first off-day of the spring, though word of his deal made the rounds among players.

Especially the players who were around last September, when Ramirez feasted on Padres pitching.

It wasn't so much that Ramirez hit .276 in the nine games -- seven victories -- but what he did with the nine hits, clubbing five home runs to go with 14 RBIs. He drove in more runs against San Diego than any other team.

And did we mention he had an .828 slugging percentage in those games?

"He makes it tough on you," Padres catcher Nick Hundley said. "He is patient enough to wait for a mistake and confident enough to know he's going to get one. He's not going to chase a whole lot of pitches. And when he gets that pitch, he's going to punish it."

The Padres will see Ramirez 18 times this season, starting on April 6 on Opening Day at PETCO Park.

Ramirez, who hit .396 with 17 home runs and 53 RBIs in 53 games with Los Angeles a year ago, hit two home runs at pitcher-friendly PETCO Park on Sept. 10, both going to right-center field, a place seldom visited by hitters.

"They were right in the middle of a playoff hunt and he seemed to bring a lot of energy to that team," Headley said. "I think he was why they were able to finish off the division.

"He's one of the best players in the league. But we can't do anything about it. I think that it will help the Dodgers out. On paper, they look a lot stronger than they did."

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{"content":["spring_training" ] }
{"content":["spring_training" ] }
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español