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- 2B, 3B, CF, OF, SS
- Cuban Missile
- September 22, 1981
- 6' 2"
- 170 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 3-31-2008 with CHA
- Allstar Selections:
- 2010 SS
Alexei Fernando Ramírez (born September 22, 1981 in Pinar del Río, Cuba) is a second baseman and shortstop for the Chicago White Sox. His nickname is "The Cuban Missile" due to his tall, slim physique and combination of speed and power. He hits and throws right-handed.
Cuban National Series
Ramírez spent seven years playing shortstop and outfield for Pinar del Rio. He had a batting average of .335 in Cuba, and led the league in 2007 with 20 home runs while posting a .338 average. Ramírez played center field for Cuba at the 2006 World Baseball Classic, collecting 6 hits in 16 at-bats and impressing US scouts in the process.
Chicago White Sox
In September 2007, Ramírez left Cuba. He applied for citizenship in the Dominican Republic, and entered free agency with MLB, He signed a four year contract with the Chicago White Sox on December 21, 2007.
During Ramírez's first season in the Majors, he played second base instead of his ususal shortstop. Ramírez finished in second place in the voting for American League Rookie of the Year honors, losing to Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays.
Alexei hit his first major league home run on May 16, 2008 versus the San Francisco Giants off Billy Sadler. With four grand slams, he led the major leagues in grand slam home runs in 2008. He swung at 59% of all pitches he saw in 2008, also the most in the majors.
Ramirez fielded a ground ball for the final out of Mark Buehrle's July 23, 2009 perfect game. Ken Harrelson, the White Sox play-by-play announcer, made the call, exclaiming "Alexei! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! History!" as he completed the play.
He hit his first career grand slam on July 27, 2008 against the Texas Rangers - Pitcher: Dustin Nippert.
August 17, 2008 at Oakland Athletics - Pitcher: Dan Meyer
On September 20, 2008, Ramirez hit his third grand slam of the season off of pitcher Brian Bannister of the Kansas City Royals in a 6-4 White Sox win, tying an American League rookie record set by Shane Spencer of the New York Yankees in 1998. It was the White Sox's eleventh grand slam of the season, tying the club record set in 2006.
On September 29, 2008, Ramirez hit his fourth grand slam of the season, setting a major-league single-season record for a rookie, off of Detroit Tigers pitcher Gary Glover in an 8-2 Sox victory to qualify the Sox for a one-game tiebreaker against the Minnesota Twins for the AL Central title. This also broke the team record for most grand slams in a single season.
April 25, 2009 vs. Blue Jays - Pitcher: Shawn Camp