Unrelenting would be the perfect way to describe Jose Ramirez. Unrelenting or dogged. His power numbers have gotten him noticed these days but what makes Ramirez truly impressive, and horrifying is the fact that he doesn’t quit. Like Michael Myers himself, Ramirez doesn’t get detoured. He’s one of the best hitters in the league and it really comes down to two reasons.
The first, his plate vision. He doesn’t chase after stuff often and when he does, he’s still able to foul it off. That comes to the second thing he does well, he’s able to keep at-bats alive. If you’re an opposing pitcher, you know he’s going to focus on you and make your work. You’ll be tired, you’ll be sore and you’ll be dreading the next time he comes up in the batting order.
Then you combine his unrelenting pace at the plate with the fact he’s a genuine five-tool player and you get someone who can absolutely make you pay at the plate at any given time. He’s hit 23 home runs and 80 RBIs in every one of the last five years, save for the Covid-shortened season of 2020.
He’s easily the Tribe’s best hitter and hopefully, with a potential new salary floor being implemented, the Indians can make a case to keep him around for a few more years.