After an 18 year career in Major League Baseball, Aramis Ramirez, a third baseman who last played with the Pittsburgh Pirates officially announced his retirement on a radio station in his native Dominican Republic.  This was not a surprise as in spring training this year (then playing for the Milwaukee Brewers) Ramirez said that this would be his final season as a player.   

Ramirez leaves the game with some impressive accolades.  He was a three time All Star, a one time Silver Slugger and would finish in the top ten in MVP voting three times.  Statistically, he leaves the game with 386 Home Runs and 2,303 Hits and led the National League in Doubles in 2012.  He would play his entire career in the National League, beginning (and ending) his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates with lengthy stints with the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers along the way.

We always ask the question here at when we have a retirement as to whether that said player is HOF caliber.  While Ramirez had a very good career, his numbers, especially poor defense resulting in a career bWAR of 32.1 isn’t one that will cut it in the modern thought process, and he will struggle to gain more than a handful of votes in 2021, the first year that he becomes Hall of Fame eligible. 

While Aramis Ramirez has completed his service to Major League Baseball, he will do a farewell tour in his native Dominican Republic playing for Tigres del Licey in the Dominican Winter League.

We here at would like to wish Aramis Ramirez the best of luck in his post-MLB career.

30. Sammy Sosa

It has to be considered a given that the PED question has hurt many players in their quest for Cooperstown. It is very possible that anyone associated with it will fail to get elected and the Hall will be devoid of some of the game’s greatest record setters. Yet, of all the people whose careers got tarnished, we can’t help but wonder if Sammy Sosa took the biggest fall of them all.

34. Lee Smith

One of the many constant debates amongst those that follow the Baseball Hall of Fame is the role of the Relief Pitcher.  In recent years, Rollie Fingers, Bruce Sutter, Dennis Eckersley & Goose Gossage has been inducted along the first reliever of note, Hoyt Wilhelm thus ending the debate of the relievers place in Cooperstown.  A curious omission though has been Lee Smith who when he retired was the career Saves leader.

103. Larry Jackson

Larry Jackson played for some good teams, but never any great ones (he never played in the post season). As such, Jackson never made the 200 Win club, but his value as an innings eater was essential to the success that many of his teams had.