Full name JOSÉ ENRIQUE RAMlREZ...Single...In the off-season he enjoys going to the beach and spending time with his family... 2015 & 2017-2019 Tribe Fest participant..Spent 2015-17 off-season training at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL ...2017 recipient of the MLBPA Heart and Hustle Award...Teamed up with the Cleveland Coffee company for a signature -Jose!Jose! -blend of coffee to raise money for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland.
Put together another historic offensive season, joining Grady Sizemore (2008) and Joe Carter (1987) as the only three Indians players in franchise history with at least 30 steals and 30 home runs in a season...As late as July, he was vying to become the first American League player since Ty Cobb (1909) to lead the league in steals and home runs...Became the fourth player whose primary position was third base to enjoy a 30HR/30SB season, joining David Wright (2007), Howard Johnson (1987, '89, '91) and Tommy Harper (1970)...Became the 25th player in MLB history and first Indian with at least 30 homers & steals and at least 100 runs & RBI (last done by Ryan Braun in 2012; the last overall player in MLB along with Mike Trout to record a 30/30 season; Mookie Betts joined them in late September)...Became the first third baseman in club history to notch multiple Silver Slugger Awards, was a top-three finalist for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award (3B) and again placed third in the A.L. MVP voting...Sporting News Postseason A.L. All-Star...Became the franchise's all-time single-season leader for home runs by a switch-hitter (39), connecting for his 35th homer on August 13 at Cincinnati, breaking Carlos Santana's mark of 34 in 2016 in team game #118...Ramirez and Francisco Lindor became the first pair of switch-hitting teammates to each hit 30 homers in a season and also the first switch-hitting pair to record 20 steals and 20 homers within the same season...He and Lindor were the first duo in club history with at least 50 extra-base hits in first half and the first MLB teammates to each get 80 extra-base hits in consecutive seasons since Joe DiMaggio and Lou Gehrig did so for the Yankees in 1936-37...For the second consecutive year, Ramίrez was elected the American League starting third baseman in the All-Star Game...Entered the break hitting .302 (108-for-358) with 26 doubles, 29 home runs and 70 RBI in 94 games (20 SB)...Entered the break leading the A.L. in extra-base hits, tied-first in HR, second in RBI and third in steals...The last Indians third baseman to start consecutive All-Star contests was Al Rosen in 1953 and 1954...Enjoyed a career-high 32-game on-base streak (via hit or walk) from May 22-June 26...Set a club record with 29 first-half homers, tied for the most in MLB history by a switch-hitter (Lance Berkman; Mickey Mantle)...Became the fourth player in MLB history w/30+HR, 20+SB over a team's first 100 games of season (Alex Rodriguez 1998; Jeff Bagwell 1999; Alfonso Soriano 2006)....Ramίrez joined Bobby Abreu, Barry Bonds and Bagwell as the only players in MLB history with at least 100 runs/ walks/RBI and 30 HR/steals (9th time overall)...Named A.L Player of the Month for July, batting .322 (29-for-90) with 8 HR, 25 RBI and an OPS of 1.164...His 31 games of multiple extra-base hits since the beginning of 2017 are the most in MLB over that span...Also leads MLB with 172 extra-base hits since the start of 2017...Overall made 137 starts at third base, four starts at DH and made 16 starts at second base...Was fourth among A.L. third basemen with three defensive runs saved (Fangraphs)...Slumped over the last two months, hitting .203 (37-for-182) after August 2 and from August 15-on he batted .166 (24-for-145) with 3 HR and 16 RBI over his last 40 games...Hit .360 (18-for-50) with RISP-2outs... Finished second in MLB for the month of May with a 1.189 OPS...His 33 go-ahead RBI led team and were 14 more than any other club batter.
Enjoyed one of the finest offensive season's in Indians history, joining Grady Sizemore (2006) as the only Indians with at least 100 runs scored, 50 doubles, 25 home runs and 15 stolen bases within the same campaign, earning his first American League All-Star selection while finishing in the top 10 in MLB in B-R WAR (6.9, 7th among pos. players), extra-base hits, doubles and total bases... His extra-base hits (91) and doubles (56) totals each ranked in the top 5 in a single-season in the 117-year history of the franchise... 91 extra-base hits were 2nd-most ever by a switch-hitter in MLB history (Lance Berkman 94 in 2001)... Passed Jimmy Rollins (88 in 2007) during the final week of the season...Became the 19th player in MLB history with at least 56 doubles in a season, the first since Brian Roberts (BAL) also had 56 in 2009...Was a top-three finalist for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award at third base & won first career Silver Slugger Award ...Earned third place finish in the 2017 A.L. MVP voting announced on Nov. 16. Became the first Indians hitter since Grady Sizemore (92) in 2006 to lead the A.L. in extra-base hits, the first Indians infielder sine A.L. Rosen in 1953 (75) to lead the circuit in XBH and the most by an Indians infielder since 1B Hal Trosky's 96 in 1936...The last Indians infielder to lead the league in doubles was Lou Boudreau in 1947 (45)...Season was encapsulated into a single day as he tied the Major League record for extra-base hits in a game at Detroit on Sept. 3, going 5-for-5 with 3 doubles and 2 homers, the 13th player in 132-year history of MLB (3rd Indians player) to record 5 extra-base hits in a contest...Was his first career 5-hit game. Became the first player in modern MLB history with as many as 14 extra-base hits over a 7-game span, June 14-19 (Elias)...Was the first of two 7-game extra-base hit streaks (also June 29-July 6), the first Indians hitter ever to have two such streaks within the same season, the first MLB hitter since Chase Utley (2008) with two before the All-Star break, just the 7th in MLB since 1913 (Stats LLC)...Recorded at least 2 hits in 9 straight games, June 14-21, the longest streak by an Indians batter since 1936 (Roy Hughes)...Joe Jackson had an 11-game multiple hit streak in 1911 and a 10-gamer in 1910...Jose Altuve also had a 9-game streak in 2015...Doubled in a club record 7 straight games, June 14-19, just one shy of the MLB record (Yadier Molina 2016, Derrek Lee 2007). His .957 OPS was the highest among A.L. players who appeared in at least 80 games at third base...That .957 OPS is the highest in MLB history among players who appeared in at least 60 games at both second and third base within the same season...On the year he appeared in 71 games at second (65 starts) and 88 games at third (86 starts)...Club was 47-18 (.723) when he started at second base. Enjoyed six 2-homer games on the season, which was tied for 4th among all MLB hitters behind Stanton's 10 (4/15 vDET, 6/17@MIN, 7/2 & 9/3 @DET, 8/28@NYY, 9/5@CWS)...Also homered from both sides of the plate three times (6/17, 7/2, 9/3) to equal A.L. single-season record (last Teixeira 2009)... April 15 game vs. Detroit featured a career-high 6 RBI... Batted .267 (72/270) w/2 K & .248 (41/165) when behind in the count. Batted .423 (30/71) with 17 runs, 11 2B, 8 HR & 14 RBI over the club's A.L. record 22-game hitting streak, Aug. 24-Sept. 14 (1.405 OPS)...From August 24-end of the season he batted .400 (46/115) with 27 runs, 17 2B, 11 HR and 24 RBI over his final 30 games...That stretch was coming off an 8-for-60 stretch from Aug. 5-23 that dropped his average to .300...Batted .301 (74/246) w/runners on...From June 14-end of the season he batted .342 (124/363) with 74 runs, 43 2B, 4 3B, 21 HR & 56 RBI (1.051 OPS) over the final 92 games of the season...Batting .330 (189/572) at home since the start of the 2016 season....Struck out just five times from September 1 on, a span of 101 plate appearances.
Was one of the club's most versatile and valuable players, playing nearly every day between left field and third base and collected career-bests in every offensive category in his first full season in the Major Leagues…Appeared at four different positions and started at all nine spots in the batting order as his production eased the loss of Michael Brantley for most of the season....Ranked 4th on the team in fWAR (4.6) behind Lindor, Kluber and Kipnis and was 3rd in MLB in doubles (46), the most by an Indians switch-hitter in club history and the most by an Indian since Grady Sizemore in 2006 (53)...Made 47 starts (48 games) in left field, 91 starts (117 games) at third base, 3 starts (9 games) at second base and 3 starts (5 games) at shortstop…Was the primary third baseman over the last two months of the season following the release of Juan Uribe (only appeared at 3B after July 30)…Was lethal in the clutch, hitting .346 (80-231) with runners on base (4th-highest in the American League) and .355 (50-141) with runners in scoring position (T5th-highest in the A.L.)…Hit .366 (26-71) with RISP and two-outs on the year, .636 (7-11) with a runner on third base and .400 (6-15) with the bases loaded...Enjoyed a career-high 18-game hitting streak from July 26-August 14, the longest by an Indian in 2016 (.32/72, .444, 17R, 4 HR, 10 RBI)...From July 26 thru the end of the season he batted .347 (85-245) with 37 R, 24 2B, 2 3B, 7 HR and 35 RBI over the last 63 games of the season (reached base safely in 56 of the final 63 games of the season via hit or walk)...Was the 3rd-hardest player in the league in strikeout (565 at bats, in 62 strikeouts, 9.1:1)… Also ranked 2nd in the A.L. in batting average with two strikes (.275, 79/287) and also recorded an OPS of .728 with two strikes (7th in MLB)…Was 18th in the A.L. in batting average after the 6th inning (.288, 47/163)...Hit .350 (41/117) in August with 10 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR & 18 RBI in 30 games (.968 OPS)…7 of his 11 home runs came after the 6th inning...Became the fourth Indians player (fifth time) to homer and steal three bases in the same game on August 12 vs. the LA Angels (3-for-5, career-high 4 runs, 2B, HR, 2RBI, 3 SB)…Became the third Indians player (fourth time) to steal at least 3 bases and score 4 or more runs in the same game, the first since Kenny Lofton in September 2000 (Lofton 2x, Ray Chapman 1918)…Indians were 48-31 (.608) with Jose batting fifth in the lineup…Hit .282 (50-177) when ahead in the count and .326 (61-187) when behind in the count...His .979 (5 E, 233 TC) was 2nd-highest among A.L. third basemen... Collected a single-game, career-high 3 doubles on Sept. 21 vs. KC (first Indian since 2014)...Hit .350 (41/117) in August with 10 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR & 18 RBI in 30 games (.968 OPS)…His .291 (16-55) average on 0-2 counts was 3rd-best in the A.L... OBP of .408 (129/316) at home . (MLB Rank: 6th of 203 full-time players; League Avg: .332)...Batted .268 (15-56) in 15 Postseason games, starting each one at third base, with 6 runs, 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI... Lone home run came in Game 5 of World Series at Chicago off Jon Lester...Reached safely in 7 of 12 plate appearances in the ALDS vs. Boston.
Started the year as the every day shortstop and ended the year in a valuable utility role around a two-month stint in AAA Columbus... Started the season off making 43 starts at shortstop (46 games) and was hitting .180 (27-150) with 19 runs, 6 doubles, 1 home run and 8 RBI over the first 46 games of the season before being optioned to AAA Columbus on June 7th...Was recalled for one game on July 12 when Mike Aviles went on the Family Medical Emergency List and was optioned back to Columbus the next day...Recalled for his third stint on August 3rd and spent the remainder of the season on the Major League roster...With Columbus he batted .293 (51-174) with 29 runs, 13 2B, 2 3B, 1HR & 12 RBI in 44 games and struck out just 9 times in 195 plate appearances while stealing 15 bases in 19 attempts...Defensively for the Clippers, he appeared in 28 games at second base, 10 games at shortstop, 3 games at third base and 2 games in left field...Over his final stint in Cleveland, he batted .259 (42-for-162) with 31 runs, 8 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR and 19 RBI (.337/.438/ .775), hitting safely in a career-high 8 straight games from August 4-13 and homering in consecutive games for the first time in his career on Sept. 8-9 (first career pinch-hit home run on 9/8 at CWS)... Appeared in 33 games at second base (27 starts), 13 games at third base (12 starts) and his fist 2 career starts in left field....Finished year with 46 games at shortstop (43 starts)...Made just 2 errors in 130 total chances at second base (.985 fielding pct.)... Set a single-game career-high in RBI (4) on Sept. 30 vs. Minnesota and set a new career-high for runs scored in four games (3 runs)...From Sept. 8 thru the end of the season he hit .299 (20-for-67) with 16 runs, 6 2B, one 3B, 4 HR and 11 RBI over his last 20 games...On the year he batted .256 (33-for-129) with runners on base... Hit .300 (15-50) in 13 games for Este in November before ankle sprain ended his stint...Spent rest of off-season working out and boning up on his English at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL with Erik Gonzalez, Jesus Aguilar and Giovanny Urshela.
Split the season between AAA Columbus and Cleveland, taking over full-time shortstop duties following the July 31 Asdrubal Cabrera trade ... Spent most of the first four months of the season in Columbus where he batted .302 (74-245) w/15 doubles, 2 triples, 5 homers and 29 RBI in 60 games around an 18-day/11-game stint in Cleveland from May 2-19 when Jason Kipnis went on the 15-day D.L ... At the time of his final July 23 recall he was tied for 6th in the International League in stolen bases (19, 4th most in PD system at the time) ... Was limited in big league camp in March due to offseason thumb surgery suffered in Winter Ball. Hit .319 (29-91) in April for the Clippers with 3 2B, 4 HR, 17 RBI and 12 runs scored in 23 games ... Also hit .375 (18-48) in June and missed 15 days from June 13-27 with a right hamstring strain ... Over his last 11 Triple-A games from July 8-21 he hit .341 (15-44) with 9 runs, 4 2B and 3 RBI...With Columbus he ap p eared in 35 games at second base, 21 games at short, 1 game at third base and left field and 3 games in center field...Batted lead-off in 57 games and in the 2-hole 3 times...Went 4-for-5 with 2HR and 3RBI on Ap ril 21 vs. Toledo...He batted .309 (29-94) off LHP , .308 (28-910 with runners on base and .298 (14-47) with RISP. Appeared in 11 games for Cleveland, May 2-19 (2-for-25, 4R, 1RBI) and p rovided a huge lift for the club after his July 23 recall ... From July 23 until the end of the season Jose batted .283 (60-212) with 23 runs, 10 doubles, 2 home runs and 16 RBI in 57 games ... Also stole 10 bases in 11 attempts (4th among A.L. rookies) and finished tied for the American League with 13 sacrifice bunts (Coco Crisp 2005 last Indian to lead/share league lead). Excelled in the two-sp ot in the batting order where he batted .299 (50-167) with 20 runs scored in 42 starts in the second spot in the order ... From August 9-end of season he hit .298 (50-168) with 20 runs, 9 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs and 15 RBI in 43 games (club was 28-18 from 8/9-end of season) ... Hit his first Major League home run on August 9 at New York-AL off Brandon McCarthy and his second HR on Sept. 26 vs. Tamp a Bay (Archer) ... Was 6th among league rookies in batting average and T-10th in on-base pct. With Cleveland he ap p eared in 56 games at shortstop (54 starts) and 11 games at second base (7 starts) ... Recorded a fielding pct of .983 (4E, 235TC) at SS and enjoyed a 33-game errorless streak from August 17-Sept 22....Batted .301 (25-83) in August with 3 2B, 1 3B, 1HR 7RBI and 10 runs in 24 games...Hit .289 (28-97) with runners on base ... Was the 9th-youngest p layer to appear in an American League game in 2014...Named an organizational all-star by MILB. com .... Played in 24 games for Este in the off-season.
Made the jump from Class-A Lake County in 2012 to AA Akron and eventually the Major Leagues in 2013, hitting .272 (131-482) with 78 runs scored, 16 doubles, 6 triples, 3 home runs and 38 RBI in 113 games at AA Akron... He led the Eastern League in stolen bases (39), finished 5th in runs scored (78) and 12th in base hits (131) while hitting .324 (44-136) off left-handed pitchers and .296 (53-179) with runners on base...He finished T1st in the Indians PD system with Tyler Naquin in runs (78)...With Akron he appeared in 50 games at shortstop, 53 games at second base and 8 games at third base...He entered the 2013 season as the 9th-best prospect in the Indians system according to MLB.com... Had only 41 strikeouts in 482 at-bats (534 total plate appearances) and had 12-game hitting streak, July 3-August 1...Was on the minor league DL from 7/15-30 with a sprained left ankle...Pulled off straight steal of home on August 18th...Promoted to Cleveland on Sept. 1 when rosters expanded and made MLB debut that day pinch-running at Detroit...Pinch-ran and scored on two grand slams during his first week with the club and made his first career start at third base on Sept. 9 vs. KC and collected his first hit (Ervin Santana) and scored his first run that night (2-3, RS)...Appeared 7 games as a pinch-runner, 5 games at second base (1GS), 2 games at third base (1GS) and 2 games at shortstop... Entered the 2013 season rated the 9th-best prospect in the organization according to MLB.com...Injured his left thumb sliding during a winter ball game on Nov 22 while playing for Este in the Dominican Winter League that required surgery on December 11...Concluded winter ball stint hitting .287 (29-101) w/8 2B, 1 3B, 7RBI & 11 runs in 25 games.
Named an MiLB.com organization All-Star...Following the season, played for Toros del Este in the Dominican Winter League where he hit .312 (44-141) with 22 runs, 5 2B, 1 3B & 22 RBI in 38 games...Season began at A Lake County on 6/22 where he hit a combined .390 (53-136) in August and September and hit safely over the season's last 9 games...Went 5-for-5 w/2RS and a double on 6/30 vs. West Michigan...Also had two 4-hit games and a ten 3-hit games for the Captains.
Led the entire Indians Player Development System in batting average (.325) at rookie Arizona.