Aramis Ramirez’s 2012 Season

I wrote this a few days ago instead of a Brewers series preview but didn't have as much to say as I thought (laughing). Congrats to Rodrigo for having a great season.

I had a hard enough time finding enough to write about in the last Brewers-Cubs series preview last week, so I figure the most interesting thing to look at would be Ramirez's first season with the Brewers. As has been pointed out many times, the Cubs have had a bit of a hard time replacing his production at 3b this year. With their powers combined, the mighty team of Ian Stewart, Joe Mather, Luis Valbuena, Jeff Baker, and Josh Vitters have posted a .204/.282/.339 line on the year, "good" for a 66 OPS+. They have hit eleven HRs to noted power hitter Darwin Barney's six. Rodrigo, meanwhile, has posted a .292/.355/.527 line on the year, not so far from the .306/.361/.510 that he posted in 2011. He's also leading the NL in doubles.

(aside: can you believe that Ramirez only made two all-star teams during his years with the Cubs? FFS, All-Star voters).

It's especially surprising to see Ramirez's season line when you look at his production through the first month of the year. On May 1 he had a .205/.253/.364 line Since then Ramirez hit .310/.375/.561, with 18 homers and 37 doubles in 96 games.

Ramirez is signed for two more years, and the Brewers are on the hook for another $26m plus a meaningless $14m mutual option or $4m buyout for an extra year. It's always nice to see former players that you like doing well, even if they're wearing different laundry.

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