36-year-old Milwaukee Brewers’ third baseman Aramis Ramirez has gone ahead and told reporters that 2015 will be his last year playing professional baseball. At the moment, Aramis is finishing up a deal he originally signed back in 2011, which had been three years long with an mutual option for 2015, that would end up being picked up last November. Over Ramirez’s past 17 seasons in the MLB with the Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers, and Pittsburgh Pirates, he has been one of the most consistently solid players in the league, compiling a strong .285 batting average and hitting 369 home runs. Not to mention he received MVP votes in five separate seasons, won a silver slugger, and made three All-Star games up until this point, which included one last year. Often in baseball, the top tier stars get all the attention as they light up stat lines on a consistent basis, while the solid players just get left in the dust until their careers are looked at as a whole in the end.
2014 was another strong season for the aging veteran, as he would hit .285 across 133 games while smacking 15 long balls and registering a .330 OBP. Even during his age 36 season, last year he usually hit cleanup, continuing to be one of the biggest bats in a lineup that included former and current All-Stars such as Carlos Gomez, Ryan Braun, Jean Segura, and Jonathan Lucroy. As he has aged, he hasn’t shown the same 25-30 home run power he once had, but his ability to hit for average has shown no signs of going away anytime soon. With 2015 apparently looking like it will be his last year in the bigs, the Brewers are still looking to get some serious production from him as they set their eyes on winning the franchise’s first World Series title. Without him, the Brewers will be in some trouble. His impact on and off the field has been huge for the franchise’s overall growth and future.
It’s tough to guess what Ramirez might do this season as he has continued to age and deal with injuries, but he’s motivated to get that one ring before he retires. If the Brewers hope to make a run at the World Series comes October, there going to need another All-Star campaign from him because their current roster isn’t screaming ‘World Series favorites’. It won’t help next year either when they have another huge whole open up at third base. This is one of those years they just have to go completely for it because who knows what next off-season might bring them. It will be interesting to see where they do end up though come September, because their current roster does show some serious potential if they end up in the right circumstance.
No matter what, Aramis has put in his time throughout his career and lets hope he gets an ending that leaves him satisfied when he sits back twenty years from now and is thinking about his old ball playing days. Not too many guys stick around in the bigs for as long as he did, he was able to turn baseball into quite the career while making well over $100 million. It wouldn’t be too surprising to see him grab a job in baseball after his playing days end, as a guy who debuted as a 19-year-old back in 1998, he likely has a lot of knowledge he could pass on to upcoming prospects looking to make it big one day.