José Ramírez second player in Guardians franchise history with 50+ RBI in first 44 games
José Ramírez continues to have a monster 2022, piling up stats quicker than anyone has seen in decades.
We’ve probably run out of superlatives at this point to describe Guardians third baseman José Ramírez, so let’s just say that at this point, fans are simply getting to watch the greatest player in the world on a nightly basis.
The latest evidence of Ramírez’s greatness came Monday night, as he had another three RBIs in Cleveland’s 7-3 win over the Royals, which included his 13th home run. Ramírez now has 51 RBIs on the season, which not only leads all of baseball, but makes him the only player currently over the 50-RBI mark (Pete Alonso is currently second with 47).
And not only that, but Ramírez is now just the second player in franchise history to have 50+ RBIs in his first 44 games, the other player being Manny Ramirez, who had an insane 57 runs batted in through the first 44 games of the 1999 season.
And then, to really pile on the accolades, there is this: Ramírez now has ten games this season with at least three RBIs. That’s the fastest a player has gotten to that mark since Jimmie Foxx in 1940, who did it in 39 games.
What more can be said about Ramírez at this point? Now in his tenth season in the majors, with a long-term deal secured, it looks like he’s unlocked yet another level to his game. When he signed the extension with Cleveland, Ramírez made it clear the Hall of Fame would one day be in his sights, and it looks like he’s determined to finally add the AL MVP award to his résumé as well.