Twelve games. Manny Ramirez has been with the White Sox for all of two weeks, and already they're historic. When Dick and Bert announced last night that Manny had gone eleven games for the White Sox without an RBI, I was intrigued. When Manny left seven men on base last night, that furthered the interest: when was the last time Manny had gone twelve games without an RBI? We're talking about the current active leader in that category, with 1828 in his career. He's seventeenth all time, and if he plays another year or two he'll almost certainly crack the top ten. So it was a bit of a search, and I was unconvinced I would find any time that it had happened before. But I did:
The last time Manny Ramirez went twelve games without an RBI: June 3-15, 1997, just after his 25th birthday. It also happened from May 30-July 10, 1995. Maybe he pushed his celebrations a bit too far in those days.
Before this week, those were the longest streaks of his career. But counting his last two games with the Dodgers, Manny now has gone RBI-less for fourteen consecutive games, and that has never happened before.