Thursday, October 29, 2009

WSC Birth Years: Alexei Ramirez

Card #26 - Alexei Ramirez

Born: September 22, 1981

The Cuban Missile landed in Chicago in 2008. Since then, Alexei has surprised even the most vocal critics by adjusting and adapting to the Major League style of playing. In the past two years, Alexei has played three different positions, all while learning on the fly.

In 2009, he moved to his natural position of shortstop. Initially, Alexei evoked the name of error-prone shortstop Jose Valentin, but as the season wore on, he started playing his position with the best of them. Ramirez, who has a certain flair for the dramatic, usually saves his best hitting for the late innings. In 2008, he set the single season record for grand slams by a rookie.

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