Jose Ramirez is the man that the Cleveland Guardians are building around for the future and who will lead the Guardians into the next phase of their plan.
The 29-year-old slugger is putting up MVP-type numbers in 2022, hitting .299 with 16 home runs and 63 RBI.
He’s garnering plenty of worthy attention in the MVP race.
But last night, during game two of their four-game set with the Minnesota Twins, Ramirez made a little bit of Guardians history.
Ramirez picked up his 481st career extra-base hit, and according to Guardians insider Ryan Lewis, that tied him for 10th all-time in Guardians history with franchise legend Albert Belle.
That was Jose Ramirez's 481st career extra-base hit, which times him with Albert Belle for 10th in Cleveland franchise history
— Ryan Lewis (@ByRyanLewis) June 29, 2022
J-Ram Matches A Legend
Ramirez is one of those players that just doesn’t stop hitting.
He’s a guy who is always locked in and finding ways to produce at the plate.
He’s got a good chance to be start for the AL All-Star team too.
But to match a guy like Belle is impressive.
Belle is one of the greats in franchise history and was an extra-base hit machine, who also had a ton of power.
Now, Ramirez has matched him and is just one hit away from passing him on the Guardians all-time extra-base hits list and standing alone in 10th place.
Ramirez’s production is a big reason why the Guardians have found themselves in contention this year.
The team lost 6-0 to the Twins last night, but sit just three games back of first place in the AL Central.
If they are going to catch the Twins in the Central, they will need Ramirez to continue mashing and getting clutch hits.
Again, Ramirez has a good chance at being named an All-Star starter and also has a decent chance in the MVP race.
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