Aramis Ramirez - Player Bio
- 3B, DH
- June 25, 1978
- 6' 1"
- 215 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 5-26-1998 with PIT
- Allstar Selections:
- 2008 Hank A
Aramis Nin Ramírez (English pronunciation: /əˈrɑːmɨs/; born June 25, 1978 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) is an All-Star Major League Baseball third baseman for the Chicago Cubs. He started his professional career with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1998 before being traded to the Cubs in 2003. On November 12, 2006, Ramírez signed a five-year deal with the Cubs with an option for 2012.
Early years with Pirates
On November 7, 1994, Ramírez signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates. On May 26, 1998, he made his first major league debut with the Pirates, becoming the youngest player in MLB at that time.
Ramírez struggled in his first three seasons, splitting playing time between the Pirates and Triple-A Nashville. 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.
2003 - Traded to the Cubs
Ramírez was traded to the Chicago Cubs with outfielder Kenny Lofton on July 23, 2003. 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 eventual World Series champions the Florida Marlins in the seven-game 2003 National League Championship Series. During Game 4 of the NLCS, Ramírez made Cubs history. In the first inning, Ramírez hit the first grand slam in the playoffs in Cubs history off Marlins starter Dontrelle Willis. Ramírez was one of the more productive Cubs' players during the NLCS, hitting 3 home runs, driving in 7 RBIs, and hitting a triple in Game 1.
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. On defense, his range factor of 2.26 was the lowest among all Major League third basemen.
In 2005 he was elected to play in his first Major League Baseball 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.
In 2006, Ramírez hit 38 home runs while driving in 119 runs. He collected his 1000th hit on July 15 versus the New York Mets. On defense, his range factor of 2.41 was the lowest among Major League third basemen for the third straight year. 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 5-year, $73 million contract on November 12, 2006.
Ramírez hit his 200th career home run off Claudio Vargas on April 23, 2007. On June 29, 2007, Ramírez ended a crucial game against the Milwaukee Brewers with a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the 9th to cap a five-run comeback win.
The Cubs won the 2007 National League Central division, thanks in large part to Ramírez, whose 101 RBIs 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.
On June 20, in the bottom of the 9th, 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 2008 MLB All-Star Game as a reserve. Prior to game 4 of the 2008 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.
Ramírez got off to a quick start in 2009 with 5 RBI 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.
Ramirez began the season fairly slowly, batting .168 with 5 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, where he was hitless in three at-bats. Since coming off of the DL he has hit .342 and in a nine game period between July 5 and July 16 Aramis Ramírez had a line of:
Ramirez activated his $14 million dollar contract on November 3 of 2010 to stay on with the team in the 2011 season.
On July 1, 2011, Ramírez hit his 300th career home run against the Chicago White Sox just 1 day after Mark Teixeira hit his 300th Home run
On July 10, 2011, Aramis Ramirez was asked by National League manager Bruce Bochy to replace Placido Polanco in the 2011 MLB All-Star game, but Ramirez declined the invitation due to previous plans to be with his family during the break.
1. Aramis Bio Page, Baseball-Reference.com, Retrieved on August 17, 2007
2. Ramírez hits 3 homers on July 30, 2004 and again on September 16, 2004.
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4. Aramis Ramírez Bio, Chicago Cubs 2007 Information Guide, page 141.
5. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4153416&campaign=rss&source=ESPNHeadlines Retrieved on 2009-05-09