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Aramis Ramirez Retires

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.

Our All-Time Top 50 Chicago Cubs are now up

Yes, we know that this is taking a while!

As many of you know, we here at are slowly generating the 50 of each major North American sports team.  We have a new one to unveil today, that of the Chicago Cubs. 

When it comes to iconic sports teams in North America, few can come close to the Chicago Cubs.

The Cubs first came into existence in 1870 as the Chicago White Stockings would join the National League in 1876.  Before 1900, Chicago was one of the most successful teams.  Led by Cap Anson, Chicago would win the National League Pennant in 1876, 1880, 1881, 1882, 1885 & 1886.  They would go through a couple of name changes to the Colts, Orphans and would officially adopt the name of the Cubs in 1903.

The Cubs did well in the first decade of the 1900s where with stars like Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, Frank Chance, and Three Finger Brown and would win the World Series in 1907 and 1908.  That would begin the longest championship drought in sports.

You know the story.  The alleged curse of the goat.  Steve Bartman. 

It would take until 2016 when they would win the World Series again, although they did win the National League Pennant multiple times between them (1910, 1918, 1929, 1932, 1935, 1938 & 1945).  They also had Hall of Famers at that time, like Ernie Banks and Ryne Sandberg.

As of this writing, three World Series Championships is not very many for a team that has been around since the beginning, but again, how many organizations are as well-known as the Cubbies!

As for all of our top 50 players in baseball we look at the following: 

1.  Advanced Statistics.

2.  Traditional statistics and how they finished in the National League.

3.  Playoff accomplishments.

4.  Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet.

Remember, this is ONLY based on what a player does on that particular team and not what he accomplished elsewhere and also note that we have placed an increased importance on the first two categories.

This list is updated up until the end of the 2018-19 Season.

The complete list can be found here, but as always we announce our top five in this article.  They are:

1. Cap Anson

2. Ernie Banks

3. Ryne Sandberg

4. Ron Santo

5. Billy Williams

We will continue our adjustments on our existing lists and will continue developing our new lists.  

Look for our All-Time Top 50 Oakland Athletics coming next!

As always we thank you for your support.

28. 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.

104. 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.
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