#MLBPlayers411 | José Ramírez
Today's #MLBPlayersAllStar17 #MLBPlayers411 subject, José Ramírez, had a breakout season for the Indians in 2016, hitting .312 with 11 home runs and 76 RBIs for the American League champions, which made the friendly 24-year-old Dominican infielder a fan favorite in Cleveland.
The friendliness likely didn't hurt in fan balloting considering he made up a 34,000-vote difference in the final hours of voting and won by 54,000 votes, but his monster first half is the main reason he's the American League's starting third baseman. He has a .329 average, 16 homers and 46 RBIs.
“I hope I get to go, because I just want to have fun with the fans,” Ramírez had said back on June 29. “I'm always reaching out to them on social media, and I am so grateful to them and the love they give me.”
After being selected by fans to start his first All-Star Game, the grateful switch hitter took to Twitter to thank his fans.
Thank you Cleveland!!!— Jose Ramirez (@MrLapara) July 2, 2017
I'm just a kid from the Dominican Republic 🇩🇴
José was raised in Baní, Dominican Republic, which has also sent stars Erick Aybar, José Bautista, Miguel Tejada, and Juan Uribe to the major leagues.
José showcased his talents in the Dominican Prospect League in 2009 and caught the eyes of Indians scouts. That same year, he signed an amateur free agent deal, becoming one of the very first Dominican Prospect League alumni to sign with an MLB team.
Four years later, José made his major-league debut on Sept. 1, 2013 as a pinch-runner and eventually came around to score on a game-winning grand slam.
José bounced around between Cleveland and Triple-A Columbus for both the 2014 and 2015 seasons before sticking with the big-league club in 2016. On March 28, 2017, José signed a five-year extension.
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