Third Baseman Jose Ramirez has taken his play to a new level this season for the Cleveland Indians. Given his success, as well as the team’s, should he be viewed as a MVP candidate?
Up until this season, the Cleveland Indians never used Jose Ramirez as a regular at a specific position. This season is different as inconsistent play at third base and the outfield force the team to rely on Ramirez in more ways than one.
Ramirez has been a utilityman and honestly, that may be his best role. That said, with the lack of options and how well he has played on a regular basis, there is no reason to change how often he plays and where is at on the field.
Outside of First Baseman/Designated Hitter Mike Napoli, J-Ram is likely viewed by many as the key non-pitching reason Cleveland is in first place. At the beginning of the season if I said that, not many fans would believe that. Funny how things change in just a few months.
There are multiple players around the American League who could be viewed as the likelier option to win the award. Whether that is based off of name recognition or in fact an incredible 2016 season, Ramirez is going to have competition.
So, should the AL MVP go to Ramirez? Members of the FoS team gave their thoughts.
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