When it comes to the annual MLB All-Star game, American League third baseman is a highly competitive position. Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado, Minnesota Twins 3B Miguel Sano, and Cleveland Indians 3B Jose Ramirez garnered the most votes for this year’s All-Star game in Miami, making them clear fan favorites.
Ramirez was named to his first All-Star selection this year and will be starting at third base for a stacked American League squad. He has been the leading force in a high powered offense that the Indians have.
For most of All-Star voting, Ramirez was always behind the competition. He was initially losing to Sano and Machado, but that changed quickly. In the past 10 days, Ramirez has gained over 410,000 votes and his since gained the position.
Ramirez, or “J-Ram,” has been on a whole other level this season. He has put up a .325 average with 15 home runs and 42 RBI’s in 305 at bats this season. He is 6th in the Major Leagues with 99 hits and 2nd in the American league behind Houston Astros player Jose Altuve.
Ramirez is the first Indian to start at Third Base in the All-Star game since Travis Fryman in 2000, and the youngest fan-voted starter since Sandy Alomar in 1990. He is only twenty-four years old.
Originally from the Dominican Republic, Ramirez was signed on an international contract in 2009. Additionally, he just recently signed a five-year contract extension with the Indians in 2015 and will be a free agent in 2024.
In the beginning of his career, he was more of a utility player for the Indians. He plays all outfield positions, and also second and third base. Ramirez was all over the field until settling in at third base once the team moved Lonnie Chisenhall to the outfield.
J-Ram is joined by 4 other Indians in this year’s All-Star game including SS Francisco Lindor, OF Michael Brantley, RHP Corey Kluber, and LHP Andrew Miller. They will be joined by their manager Terry Francona, who will be managing the American League Squad.