Rafael Ramírez (baseball)

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Rafael Ramírez
Born: (1958-02-18) February 18, 1958 (age 61)
San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 4, 1980, for the Atlanta Braves
Last MLB appearance
October 3, 1992, for the Houston Astros
MLB statistics
Batting average.261
Home runs53
Runs batted in484
Career highlights and awards

Rafael Emilio Ramírez Peguero (born February 18, 1958), is a former professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) primarily as a shortstop from 1980 to 1992. Ramirez made his major league debut on August 4, 1980 for the Atlanta Braves of the National League (NL). Ramirez led the national league in errors from 1981-1983 as well as in 1985. He played his final game on October 3, 1992 as a member of the Houston Astros.


One of a handful of ML players from the town of San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, Ramirez was the Braves' speedy, smooth-fielding shortstop from 1981 to 1986, leading NL shortstops in double plays four straight years while hitting quite well for his position. He made the NL All-Star team in 1984 with a .304 average at mid-season, but in 1987 torn knee ligaments limited him to only 56 games and he was traded to Houston after the season. With the Astros in 1988, Ramirez posted his best batting average since 1983 (.276) and drove in a career-high 59 runs. After that, his production slipped, with his batting average never again rising above .261, and plummeting as low as .236 in 1991. He retired following the 1992 season.