Jose Ramirez Cements His Superstar Status With More Hardware
The Cleveland Guardians were buoyed by strong performances from their established stars and several newer faces in 2022, winning 92 games and securing their first American League Central division title since 2018.
Cleveland fell short in the ALDS against the New York Yankees, but it was a season to remember for a team that wasn’t expected to do much this year.
Led by Jose Ramirez, the Guardians placed sixth in the AL in runs scored.
And now, Ramirez has taken home yet another piece of hardware.
Ramirez was given the Silver Slugger Award for American League third basemen.
It is his fourth Silver Slugger Award.
For the 4th time in his career, the 🐐 is a Silver Slugger.#ForTheLand pic.twitter.com/uFS69md0IT
— Cleveland Guardians (@CleGuardians) November 10, 2022
J-Ram Wins Fourth Silver Slugger Award
Ramirez hit 29 home runs during the regular season and stole a total of 20 bases, which made him the only third baseman to put together a 20-20 season.
Ramirez also led the American League with 44 doubles, hit for a .280 batting average, and knocked in 126 runs, all while posting an .869 OPS.
The 30-year-old is also the only third baseman to put together a 20-20 season over the last seven years, having done it in 2018, 2019, and 2021.
Ramirez joins Aaron Judge, Luis Arraez, Nathaniel Lowe, Xander Bogaerts, Yordan Alvarez, Mike Trout, Julio Rodriguez, Jose Altuve, and Alejandro Kirk.
Ramirez was signed to a five-year, $124 million contract extension prior to Opening Day.
The slugger remains a fixture in a Guardians uniform, as the last holdover from the team’s 2016 World Series run.
But the 30-year-old certainly earned his fourth Silver Slugger Award and remains one of the top run producers in all of baseball.