Is Jose Ramirez a Top-10 all-time hitter for the Cleveland Guardians?
Jose Ramirez is probably the best player the Cleveland Guardians have currently and may have been the best player they’ve had for going on seven years now. At least offensively. This past Sunday Ramirez took the next step in his quest for the Hall of Fame, this time by breaking into the Top 10 home run hitters of all time in Cleveland Guardians history.
This move has put him among hitters in franchise history, with both home runs and non-home run hitters, like Kenny Lofton, Lou Boudreau, Jim Thome, and others, but does this make him a Top-10 hitter all-time just yet?
Right now, he’s just six behind Travis Hafner for ninth, and by the end of the year it’s likely he’s fifth all-time. Andre Thornton has just 214, Larry Doby has 215, while Hal Trosky and Carlos Santana have 216.
Is Jose Ramirez a Top-10 hitter all-time yet for the Cleveland Guardians?
There are other things to account for besides just home runs. There are total hits, batting average, on-base percentage, RBIs, and total extra-base hits. In total hits, he’s currently just 22nd, slightly above Jason Kipnis and just below Michael Brantley. He’s 33rd in career batting average, so it’s unlikely he’d break the Top 10 there. He’s 31st in on-base percentage, but he’s 16th in RBIs.
He’s also 8th all-time in doubles, and 20th in walks.
It seems unlikely he’ll ever break Jim Thome’s home-run record, but at this rate, he may just be four or five years away from breaking Earl Averill’s RBI record for the team. Averill hit 1,084 RBIs during his time with Cleveland, and Ramirez is just 406 behind him.
If he averages the same amount of RBIs in the next few seasons as he has in the prior two, he’ll be able to break that record sometime in the next three and a half seasons. That would make Ramirez one of the 10 greatest hitters in franchise history for sure.
Though he may have already earned that spot, a spot, I hate to say, he’s just slightly out of at the moment. A World Series win, an MVP, or a franchise record would end the debate, however.