Mario Ramírez

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This article is about the baseball player. For the Paraguayan footballer, see Mario César Ramírez. For the comedian, see Mario Ramírez Reyes.
Mario Ramírez
Born: (1957-09-12)September 12, 1957
Yauco, Puerto Rico
Died: February 22, 2013(2013-02-22) (aged 55)
Yauco, Puerto Rico
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 25, 1980, for the New York Mets
Last MLB appearance
October 5, 1985, for the San Diego Padres
MLB statistics
Batting average .192
Home runs     4
Runs batted in    28
Games played   184
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Ramírez and the second or maternal family name is Torres.

Mario Ramírez Torres was a Puerto Rican shortstop in Major League Baseball. He played six seasons from 1980 through 1985, all coming off the bench. Known mainly for his defensive prowess, Ramírez had a career batting average of .192.[1]

Ramírez was signed as an amateur free agent by the New York Mets in 1976. He played five seasons in their minor league system, getting his first shot at the majors in April 1980. He played 18 games in two different stints in New York, going 5-for-24. He was left off the Mets' major league roster that winter, and was selected by the San Diego Padres in the Rule 5 Draft.[1]

After two brief major league appearances in 1981 and 1982, Ramírez spent 1983 and 1984 as the Padres' primary reserve at shortstop, often coming in as a defensive replacement for Garry Templeton. He was released during spring training in 1986, ending his major league career.[1]

He later played for the Leones de Yucatán of the Mexican League during the 1987 season.[2]

Ramírez died in 2013 in his homeland of Yauco, Puerto Rico at the age of 55, following a long illness.[3]