Jose Ramirez will be one of three players representing the Cleveland Guardians at the All-Star Game on July 19 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
He will be joined by pitcher Emmanuel Clase and infielder Andres Gimenez.
Ramirez will also be taking part in the Home Run Derby for the first time.
Ramirez accepted the invitation to compete yesterday and will join stars such as Albert Pujols, Kyle Schwarber, Pete Alonso, Juan Soto, Ronald Acuna Jr. and Julio Rodriguez.
In fact, the Guardians slugger has a chance to make some Home Run Derby history.
According to Sarah Langs on Twitter, Ramirez will have the chance to be the first switch-hitter to ever win the Derby outright.
Ruben Sierra and Eric Davis shared the title in 1989 and Lance Berkman reached the finals in 2004.
With José Ramírez's reported HR Derby participation…
No switch-hitter has won the Derby outright (Rubén Sierra shared title with Eric Davis in 1989)
Only other to make it to the finals is Lance Berkman in 2004
— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) July 14, 2022
J-Ram Aiming For History
This could be a historic moment for Ramirez.
As Langs mentioned, no switch-hitter has ever won the Derby outright.
Ramirez would obviously be the first if he does win it.
He has a ton of power from both sides of the plate and is one of the best pure hitters in all of baseball.
Ramirez has homered 17 times this season and has posted a .285 batting average.
He’s been the star of the Guardians ever since they traded Francisco Lindor to the New York Mets.
But this is a good chance for Ramirez to put his name in the record books.
Again, a switch-hitter has never won the Derby outright, and if he wins, he will be making some exciting history.
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