Alexei Ramírez

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Alexei Ramírez
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Chicago White Sox – No. 10
Shortstop
Born: (1981-09-22) September 22, 1981 (age 32)
Pinar del Río, Cuba
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
March 31, 2008 for the Chicago White Sox
Career statistics
(through 2013)
Batting average .277
Home runs 84
Runs batted in 406
Hits 957
Stolen bases 97
Teams
Career highlights and awards
Alexei Ramírez
Medal record
Men’s baseball
Competitor for  Cuba
Summer Olympics
Gold 2004 Athens Team
Baseball World Cup
Gold 2005 Rotterdam Team
Intercontinental Cup
Gold 2006 Taichung Team
Central American and Caribbean Games
Gold 2006 Cartagena Team
Pan American Games
Gold 2007 Rio de Janeiro Team

Alexei Fernando Ramírez Rodriguez (born September 22, 1981) is a Cuban Major League Baseball second baseman and shortstop for the Chicago White Sox. His nickname, given to him by former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillén, is "The Cuban Missile" due to his tall, slim physique and combination of speed, power, and strong throwing arm.

Baseball career[edit]

In seven years[citation needed] of baseball in the Cuban National Series, Ramírez spent most of his time playing shortstop and outfield for Pinar del Rio. He had a batting average of .335 in Cuba, and led the league in 2007 with 20 home runs while posting a .338 average.[citation needed] Ramírez played center field for Cuba at the 2006 World Baseball Classic, collecting 6 hits in 16 at-bats and impressing US scouts in the process. He hits and throws right-handed.

Chicago White Sox[edit]

In September 2007, Ramírez left Cuba to apply for citizenship in the Dominican Republic, and also apply to Major League Baseball to enter free agency, according to his agent, Jaime Torres. He auditioned for many baseball teams before coming to an agreement on a four-year contract with the Chicago White Sox on December 21, 2007.

During Ramírez's first season in the Majors, he excelled both offensively and in the field, despite playing second base instead of his customary shortstop position. Ramírez finished in second place in the voting for American League Rookie of the Year honors, losing to Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Alexei hit his first major league home run on May 16, 2008 versus the San Francisco Giants off Billy Sadler. He led the major leagues in grand slam home runs in 2008, with four, and also swung at 59% of all pitches he saw for the season, also the most in the majors.[1]

Ramirez fielded a ground ball for the final out of Mark Buehrle's July 23, 2009 perfect game. Ken Harrelson, the White Sox play-by-play announcer, made the call, exclaiming "Alexei! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! History!" as he completed the play.[2]

Grand slam record[edit]

Ramírez hit his first career grand slam on July 22, 2008 during a 10-2 victory against the Texas Rangers.[3]

On September 19, 2008, Ramírez hit his third grand slam of the season off of pitcher Brian Bannister of the Kansas City Royals in a 6–4 White Sox win, tying an American League rookie record set by Shane Spencer of the New York Yankees in 1998. It was the White Sox's eleventh grand slam of the season, equaling the previous club record from 2006.[4]

On September 29, 2008, Ramírez hit his fourth grand slam of the season, setting a major-league single-season record for a rookie,[5] off of Detroit Tigers pitcher Gary Glover in an 8–2 Sox victory to qualify the Sox for a one-game tiebreaker against the Minnesota Twins for the AL Central title. This also broke the team record for most grand slams in a single season.[6]

Grand slams[edit]

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