Aramis Ramírez

Aramis Nin Ramírez (/əˈrɑːmɪs/; born June 25, 1978) is a Dominican former professional baseball third baseman, who played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, and Milwaukee Brewers. He was named an All-Star three times during his career.

He started his professional career with the Pirates in 1998, before being traded to the Chicago Cubs in 2003. On November 12, 2006, Ramírez signed a five-year deal with the Cubs. On December 12, 2011, he signed a three-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. On July 23, 2015, he was traded back to Pittsburgh exactly 12 years after they first traded him, where he would finish the remainder of his final season.

Aramis Ramírez
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Ramírez with the Chicago Cubs
Third baseman
Born: June 25, 1978 (age 41)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 26, 1998, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
October 3, 2015, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
Batting average.283
Hits2,303
Home runs386
Runs batted in1,417
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Professional career

Pittsburgh Pirates

On November 7, 1994, Ramírez signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates.[1] On May 26, 1998, he made his major league debut with the Pirates, becoming the youngest player in MLB at that time.[2]

Ramírez struggled in his first three seasons, splitting playing time between the Pirates and Triple-A Nashville Sounds. Playing with the Pirates for an entire season for the first time in 2001, Ramírez hit .300 with 34 home runs. In 2002, his batting performance dipped to .234 with 18 home runs.

Chicago Cubs

2003 season

Ramírez was traded to the Chicago Cubs on July 23, 2003 with outfielder Kenny Lofton for José Hernández, Matt Bruback and a player to be named later (The Cubs sent Bobby Hill on August 15, 2003 to complete the trade).[3] Ramírez finished the 2003 season strong in Chicago, though he led the majors with 33 errors at third base. He had the lowest fielding percentage of all Major League third basemen with .929. The Cubs made the playoffs and defeated the Atlanta Braves before being beaten by the eventual World Series champions Florida Marlins in the seven-game 2003 National League Championship Series. During the first inning of Game 4 of the NLCS, Ramírez hit the first playoff grand slam in Cubs history off Marlins starter Dontrelle Willis. Ramírez finished the series with three home runs, seven RBIs, and one triple.

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Ramirez hitting one of his three home runs during a game at Wrigley Field against the Philadelphia Phillies on July 30, 2004

2004 season

On September 16, 2004, Ramírez became the 14th player in Major League history to have two different games with three home runs in a season.[4] On defense, his range factor of 2.26 was the lowest among all Major League third basemen.[5]

2005 season

In 2005, he was elected to play in his first All-Star Game. Ramírez finished the season on the disabled list, after straining his quadriceps femoral muscle on August 24. He finished the season with 31 home runs and 92 RBIs.

2006 season

In 2006, Ramírez hit 38 home runs and 119 RBIs. He collected his 1,000th hit on July 15 versus the New York Mets.[6] On defense, his range factor of 2.41 was the lowest among Major League third basemen for the third straight year.[5] After the season, he was listed as being potentially the biggest free agent in the market. Ramírez elected to stay with the Cubs, agreeing to a five-year, $73 million contract on November 12, 2006.

2007 season

Aramis Ramirez on July 19, 2007
Ramírez takes a swing.

Ramírez hit his 200th career home run, off Claudio Vargas, on April 23, 2007. On June 29, 2007, Ramírez had one of the best games of his career, in which he went 3-for-5, highlighted by ending a crucial game against the Milwaukee Brewers with a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning off pitcher, Francisco Cordero to cap a five-run comeback win. Many Cubs fans saw this game as the best comeback win of the season, which also sparked a new rivalry with the Brewers.

The Cubs won the 2007 National League Central division. Ramírez finished the season with 101 RBIs, which led the team. He finished second on the Cubs in home runs (26) and batting average (.310). The divisional title came only after battling it out with Milwaukee for the final month of September. Ramírez made strides to improve his defensive game in 2007, as he lowered his error total and improved his range factor for the third consecutive year. Aramis Ramírez hit the longest home run of the season on 9/21/07, at 495 feet.

2008 season

On June 20, in the bottom of the ninth inning, during the first game of the 2008 Crosstown Classic against the Chicago White Sox, Ramírez hit his 2nd home run of the day for a walk off. He went on to homer in each of the next two games in that series.

On July 7, Ramírez was selected to play in the All-Star Game as a reserve. Prior to Game 4 of the World Series, Ramírez was awarded the Hank Aaron Award as the most outstanding offensive performer in the National League. Ramírez finished the season with the lowest range factor (2.16) of all major league third basemen.[7]

2009 season

Ramírez got off to a quick start in 2009 with five RBIs during the Cubs' opening series against the Houston Astros. His first-inning homer in the season opener off Roy Oswalt was the 250th of his career. On April 18 against the St. Louis Cardinals, he hit a walk-off home run in the 11th inning.

On May 8, Ramírez dislocated his left shoulder while fielding a ground ball in a game against the Milwaukee Brewers.[8]

2010 season

Ramirez began the season fairly slowly, batting .168 with five home runs and 22 RBIs through his first 47 games before landing on the 15-day disabled list on June 9 with a bruised thumb. Infielder Chad Tracy was recalled from the Iowa Cubs to replace Ramirez.

Ramirez returned to the starting lineup on June 25 in Chicago against the White Sox. On defense, in 2010 he had the lowest fielding percentage among major league third baseman, at .939.[9]

2011 season

Ramirez activated his $14 million option on November 3, 2010 to stay with the Cubs for the 2011 season.

On June 27, 2011, Ramirez and teammate Carlos Peña homered twice in a 7–3 win over the Colorado Rockies. Ramirez and Pena both hit a two-run home run and a solo home run each.[10]

On July 1, 2011, Ramírez hit his 300th career home run against the Chicago White Sox.[11]

On July 10, 2011, Aramis Ramírez was asked by National League manager Bruce Bochy to replace Plácido Polanco in the All-Star Game, but Ramirez declined the invitation due to previous plans to be with his family during the break.[12]

On October 30, 2011, Ramirez declined his portion of the $16 million option on his contract and chose to become a free agent.[13]

On November 2, 2011, Ramirez was awarded the Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award for best offensive NL third baseman. In his ninth season as a Cub, Ramirez batted .306 with 35 doubles, 26 home runs and a team-high 93 RBIs. He also led the team in slugging percentage and on-base percentage.

Milwaukee Brewers

Aramis Ramirez Milwaukee Brewers April 2012
Fielding for the Milwaukee Brewers

On December 12, 2011, Ramirez signed a three-year deal worth $36 million with the Milwaukee Brewers.[14]

2012 season

Ramirez continued his success in Milwaukee. He had a slow start to 2012, batting as low as .218 in mid-May. However, Ramirez was able to rebound to have a very solid offensive season with the Brewers, finishing the season with a .300 batting average, with 27 home runs, 105 RBIs, as well as a league-leading 50 doubles.

Ramirez was a top-five finalist for the NL Gold Glove Award in his first season as a Brewer, dramatically improving his fielding abilities and becoming one of the best infield defenders in baseball. He also finished ninth overall in MVP voting, the highest of his career.

2013 season

Aramis Ramírez on April 1, 2013
With the Brewers in 2013

Ramirez's 2013 campaign was constantly interrupted by injury. During the preseason, Ramirez sprained his left knee sliding into second base during an exhibition game at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix where the Milwaukee Brewers play their spring training games. He recovered in time to play on Opening Day, but re-aggravated the injury on a similar slide into second base during the fourth game of the season and was forced to miss 30 days on the Disabled List. Ramirez returned to play in May and June, but was hampered by the knee injury causing him to lack lateral movement at 3rd base and diminished his signature power. The injury developed into patella tendinitis forcing Ramirez into another 30-day stint on the Disabled List by the end of July.

Aramis Ramírez returned from the DL, finishing the season with a .283 batting average, 12 home runs and 49 runs batted in over 92 games. This was his fewest games played in a season since 2009 when Ramirez played in only 82 games.

2014 season

Ramirez focused on lower body workouts in the off season to prevent a re-occurrence of the knee injury from the previous season. His workouts proved successful as he was a starter for the 2014 National League All-Star Team.[15] He alternated strong batting seasons with weak ones, but ended the season with a .285 batting average, 15 home runs, and 66 RBI over 131 games.[16]

2015 season

In advance of 2015 spring training, Ramirez announced that the season would likely be his last.[17]

Second stint with Pirates

On July 23, 2015, Ramirez was traded back to the Pirates in exchange for minor league pitcher Yhonathan Barrios.[18][19] Upon his return to the Pirates, he was unable to wear his familiar #16 as that was being currently worn by first base coach Nick Leyva, so Ramirez chose to wear #17 instead, with Pedro Florimón making the switch to #23 to accommodate Ramirez. On September 9, 2015, Ramirez played a position other than third base for the first time in his Major League career, starting at first base.

Ramírez formally announced his retirement from MLB on November 5 but added that he hoped to play one final season in the Dominican Winter League with los Tigres del Licey. He also expressed an interest in remaining involved in baseball in the future.[20]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Aramis Ramirez Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
  2. ^ "Aramis Ramirez Baseball Stats". Baseball-almanac.com. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
  3. ^ Aramis Bio Page, Baseball-Reference.com, Retrieved on August 17, 2007
  4. ^ Ramírez hits 3 homers on July 30, 2004 and again on September 16, 2004.
  5. ^ a b Aramis Bio on BB Cube Archived August 25, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, BaseballCube.com, Retrieved on August 17, 2007
  6. ^ Aramis Ramírez Bio, Chicago Cubs 2007 Information Guide, page 141.
  7. ^ "2011 Regular Season MLB Baseball 1B Fielding Statistics". Sports.espn.go.com. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
  8. ^ "Retrieved on 2009-05-09". Sports.espn.go.com. May 9, 2009. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
  9. ^ MLB Player Fielding Stats - As 3B - 2010 ESPN
  10. ^ "The Stat Line Of The Night — 6/27/11 — Aramis Ramirez". Total Pro Sports. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
  11. ^ "Aramis Ramirez Hits 300th Home Run". Chicago.sbnation.com. January 7, 2011. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
  12. ^ JoeIQ (July 5, 2011). "The Lone Wolf Mike Quade: Aramis Ramirez All Star Snub". Lonewolfquade.blogspot.com. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
  13. ^ Sullivan, Paul (October 30, 2011). "Ramirez tells Cubs he'll become free agent, decline $16 million option". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 31, 2011.
  14. ^ "Brewers waiting on Ryan Braun verdict". Espn.com. February 20, 2012. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
  15. ^ http://m.mlb.com/news/article/82741498/2014-major-league-baseball-all-star-game-rosters-for-american-league-and-national-league
  16. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/split.cgi?id=ramirar01&year=&t=b
  17. ^ https://www.si.com/mlb/2015/02/27/milwaukee-brewers-aramis-ramirez-retire
  18. ^ "Pittsburgh Pirates on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved July 22, 2015.
  19. ^ Berry, Adam (July 23, 2015). "Pirates acquire Aramis from Brewers". MLB.com. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  20. ^ Adams, Steve (November 5, 2015). "Aramis Ramirez Announces Retirement From MLB". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved 5 November 2015.

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Aramis (disambiguation)

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Aramis, one of the title characters in the novel The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, père

Aramis (personal rapid transit), personal rapid transit test project run by Matra in the 1980s in Paris

Aramis, or the Love of Technology, a book about the transit project by Bruno Latour

Aramis (horse), a show jumper who competed in the 1984 Olympics

Aramis, a fragrance produced by Estée Lauder Inc.

a variety of hops grown in France

Bobby Hill (baseball)

William Robert Hill (born April 3, 1978) is an American former professional baseball infielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Hill attended the University of Miami, where he played baseball, and was then drafted by the Chicago Cubs. In 2000, before playing for the Cubs organization, he played for the Newark Bears in the independent Atlantic League. He hit .326 with 13 home runs and 82 RBI. He also stole a team record 81 bases and walked a league record 101 times in 132 games.He was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates as the centerpiece of the Aramis Ramírez trade in August 2003. With Pittsburgh in 2004, he hit .266 with two home runs and 27 RBI in a part-time role. He spent much of 2005 in Triple-A and was dealt to the San Diego Padres on November 21, 2005, for a player to be named later. Hill spent the 2006 season with the Triple-A Portland Beavers. Hill signed with the Newark Bears of the Atlantic League in February 2008, eight years after he began his professional career there. He hit .238 in 100 games. Hill played 24 games for the Bears in 2009. He signed with the Chico Outlaws of the Golden Baseball League for the 2010 season.

In March 2011, Hill was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame. From 2012 to 2014, Hill was head baseball coach at Los Gatos High School in Los Gatos, California, before becoming head coach at Mission College in Santa Clara in 2015.

Carlos Gómez

Carlos Argelis Gómez Peña, nicknamed Go-Go, (born December 4, 1985) is a Dominican professional baseball outfielder who is a free agent. He previously played for the New York Mets, Minnesota Twins, Milwaukee Brewers, Houston Astros, Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays. Gómez is a two-time MLB All-Star and a Gold Glove Award winner.

Dominican Summer League Pirates

The Dominican Summer Pirates are a minor league baseball team in the Dominican Summer League. The team, also known as the DSL Pirates, plays in the Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, as a member of the Boca Chica North Division and are affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Past players include Aramis Ramírez, José Guillén and Ronny Paulino. The club was known as the Dominican Summer League Pirates 1, or DSL Pirates 1, between 2012 and 2013, when the Venezuelan Summer Pirates were relocated to the Dominican Republic to become the Dominican Summer League Pirates 2. In 2014, the Pirates returned to fielding one DSL team, and the team became known once again as the DSL Pirates.

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Hank Aaron is the all-time leader with 1,477 career extra base hits. Barry Bonds (1,440) is the only other player with more than 1,400 career extra base hits. Only 39 players all time have reached 1,000 career extra base hits, with 2 of them (Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera) being active.

List of Major League Baseball career fielding errors as a third baseman leaders

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A third baseman, abbreviated 3B, is the player in baseball whose responsibility is to defend the area nearest to third base — the third of four bases a baserunner must touch in succession to score a run. In the scoring system used to record defensive plays, the third baseman is assigned the number '5'.

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Arlie Latham is the all-time leader in errors committed as a third baseman with 822 career. Latham is the only third baseman to commit more than 700 or 800 career errors. Billy Nash is second all-time and the only other third baseman to commit more than 600 errors.

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Pete Rose holds the Major League record for most career hits, with 4,256. Rose and Ty Cobb second most, are the only players with 4,000 or more career hits. George Davis was the first switch hitter to collect 2,000 hits, doing so during the 1902 season.

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Nashville Sounds all-time roster

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The team was established as an expansion team of the Double-A Southern League in 1978, in which it competed through 1984. While at that class level, Nashville was affiliated with Major League Baseball's Cincinnati Reds (1978–1979) and New York Yankees (1980–1984). The Sounds moved to the Triple-A American Association in 1985 and then to the Triple-A Pacific Coast League in 1998. At this class level, the team has been affiliated with the Detroit Tigers (1985–1986), Cincinnati Reds (1987–1992), Chicago White Sox (1993–1997), Pittsburgh Pirates (1998–2004), Milwaukee Brewers (2005–2014), and Oakland Athletics (2015–2018). As of 2019, Nashville is affiliated with the Texas Rangers.Seventy-two of the team's players have distinguished themselves after their playing time with Nashville by winning a Major League Baseball award, being named to a major league All-Star team, or being elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Ryan Braun, Barry Larkin, Don Mattingly, and Willie McGee have won Most Valuable Player Awards. Doug Drabek and R.A. Dickey have won the Cy Young Award. Jason Bay, Ryan Braun, and Chris Sabo have won Rookie of the Year Awards. Bob Melvin and Buck Showalter have won the Manager of the Year Award. Trevor Hoffman, Barry Larkin, and Don Mattingly have won the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award. Larkin also won the Roberto Clemente Award. Prince Fielder and Aramis Ramírez have won the Hank Aaron Award. José Rijo and Ben Zobrist have won a World Series MVP Award. John Axford, Keith Foulke, Trevor Hoffman, and Jeff Montgomery have won the Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Award. Prince Fielder also won the Comeback Player of the Year Award. Fourteen alumni have won a Rawlings Gold Glove Award, and thirteen have won a Silver Slugger Award. Sixty-six former players have been selected to play in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Prince Fielder is the only former Sound to be chosen as the All-Star Game MVP. Trevor Hoffman, Barry Larkin, and Tim Raines have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Todd Ritchie

Todd Everett Ritchie (born November 7, 1971) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played in the major leagues from 1997-2004.

Ritchie was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 1st round (12th overall) of the 1990 Major League Baseball draft and made his major league debut on April 3, 1997. He pitched in 57 games for the Twins in 1997 and 1998.

On October 3, 1998, the Twins released him, and he signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates on December 22. Ritchie was used as a starting pitcher by the Pirates and in 1999, he won a career-high 15 games. He was their Opening Day starter in 2001, on in which he went 11-15; on July 13 of that year, in a scoreless game against the Kansas City Royals at PNC Park, he had a no-hitter broken up with one out in the ninth by a Luis Alicea single. The Pirates won the game in the bottom of the ninth as Aramis Ramírez singled in Brian Giles with the winning run. [1]

After the 2001 season, on December 13, Ritchie was traded to the Chicago White Sox along with Lee Evans for Kip Wells, Sean Lowe, and Josh Fogg. He struggled in 2002 though, losing 15 games with a 6.06 ERA, and becoming a free agent after the season. On January 14, 2003, he signed with the Milwaukee Brewers, but missed nearly the entire season with an injury. Ritchie signed as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for 2004, but spent most of the season in the minors. He signed with the Pirates for the 2005 season, but retired from baseball during spring training. He came out of retirement in 2008, signing a contract with the Colorado Rockies. Assigned to Single-A Modesto, Ritchie had a 3.18 ERA in 4 appearances before being promoted to Double-A Tulsa on June 25. In his one appearance for Tulsa, he gave up 8 earned runs in 5.2 innings and retired again.

Todd and his wife Kristi have six children named Karley (23), Kyndall (18), Kamdyn (16), Kallyn (14), Kannon (11) and Krayton (11).

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