3/6 Ramirez on the run

Aramis Ramirez has asked Mike Quade if he can have the green light and run.

“They don’t pay any attention to me, I know that for a fact,” Ramirez said. “We’ll see what happens during the season.”

Ramirez has 15 career steals and has been caught stealing 14 times. He was going to run a couple times last year, but said Alfonso Soriano fouled the ball off, so Ramirez didn’t go.

“He’s all fired up,” Quade said about the third baseman. “He’s ready to roll. I told him, ‘Ask me April 1.’ We’ll leave that out of the mix right now this spring. I’m so happy with his approach this spring — don’t change a thing.”

Ramirez does not qualify as speedster.

“I can steal five or 10,” he said. “I don’t think you need to be a fast runner to steal bases. I don’t think [Albert] Pujols is fast. He stole 15, 20 bags. Even [Yadier] Molina isn’t fast.”

Pujols swiped 14 last year, Molina eight. So, should we expect 15 stolen bases from Ramirez this year?

“I don’t know if I’ll make it that far,” he said, laughing. “At least 15 tries.”

— Carrie Muskat

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