Jose Ramirez has been loyal to the Cleveland Guardians for his entire career.
Since making his MLB debut in 2013, this is the one MLB franchise he knows.
However, he likes to play in his native country, the Dominican Republic, too.
He hasn’t been able to do that since 2015, when he last played for the Toros del Este.
However, there is exciting news to report for Dominican fans that want to see him back home, especially Leones del Escogido supporters.
“#Guardians Jose Ramirez given permission to play in the Dominican Winter League for one month this off-season,” Guardians Prospective tweeted, citing a report from Jatnna Rodriguez.
— Guardians Prospective (@CleGuardPro) October 22, 2023
In September, Toros del Este traded Ramirez’s rights in the Dominican League to Leones del Escogido in exchange for Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Perhaps they had a plan all along!
Now, J-Ram is set to play in his country for the first time in eight years.
He had a productive stint with Toros between 2013 and 2015, before he established himself in the majors.
The permission is just for one month, though, but it will help Ramirez get in shape for the upcoming MLB season while helping Leones achieve their objectives.
J-Ram had another good season in the majors this year.
He hit for a .282/.356/.475 line with 24 home runs, 28 stolen bases, 36 doubles, and a .831 OPS.
Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to lead the Guardians to the postseason, as the rest of his lineup mates weren’t as good offensively.
In 2024, Ramirez will once again be the on-field and spiritual leader of a very young, hungry Guardians team.