Results tagged ‘ Aramis Ramirez ’

7/18 Extra bases – UPDATED

Aramis Ramirez doesn’t plan on leaving the Cubs this year. He repeated on Monday that he would invoke his 10-and-5 rights and void any deal presented to him. Ramirez has 10 years in the big leagues, and five with the Cubs. Fox Sports reported the Angels were inquiring about Ramirez prior to the July 31 trading deadline.

“I’m at the same point I was at two weeks ago, three weeks ago,” Ramirez said. “Right now, I’m not interested in any trade.”

The father of two young sons, Ramirez said he didn’t want to relocate because of his family.

“It is my family consideration,” he said. “If I was single and by myself, then I’d move anywhere and be in a hotel for the last two months. It’s too tough with my family. I earned the right to be in this position and it’s my decision.”

* In his last 22 games since June 24, Ramirez has batted .373 with five doubles, 11 homers, 23 RBIs and 22 runs scored. On Saturday, he hit a three-run homer, giving him 229 for his career with the Cubs. He’s two shy of tying Gabby Hartnett for sixth on the team’s all-time list.

* Carlos Marmol may be back in action Monday. Mike Quade said Marmol, who was given two days off to try and fix his mechanics, might be available. It all depends on whether pitching coach Mark Riggins and bullpen coach Lester Strode feel the right-hander is ready. Would Marmol be used in a save situation?

“It would depend on the situation and I’m not sure I’ve settled on that yet,” Quade said. “I would like him to get the most out of his down time and he has so far. If they feel good about it, we’ll be good to go.”

* Carlos Zambrano and Kerry Wood rank second and third on the Cubs’ all-time strikeout list. Big Z has 1,522 strikeouts, second most behind Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins, who fanned 2,038. Wood is third with 1,436 Ks, recently passing Charlie Root (1,432).

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— Carrie Muskat

7/10 All-Star stuff

Mike Quade and Starlin Castro will fly to Phoenix after Sunday’s game to take part in the All-Star Game at Chase Field. Quade was named to the NL coaching staff, while Castro is the Cubs’ lone player representative.

Quade did talk to Giants manager Bruce Bochy Saturday night about the possibility of adding Aramis Ramirez, but the third baseman has already made plans to go home to the Dominican Republic.

One thing not clear is what Quade will do for the NL team. Bochy could use him as a third base coach, he could keep him on the bench, or he could have him throw batting practice.

Quade did plan on lobbying for Major League Baseball to add another category for the All-Star Game: third base coach.

“I think it would be really cool if they made it a voted in position,” Quade said.

It wouldn’t be a fan vote, he said, but something determined by those in the game.

— Carrie Muskat

7/9 Ramirez, pitching & more

Could Aramis Ramirez be an All-Star? Now that the Braves’ Chipper Jones is going on the disabled list and the Phillies’ Placido Polanco is questionable, there could be an opening on the National League team. Because Jones was picked by the players, NL manager Bruce Bochy would have to select the next third baseman on the players’ list, which is the Reds’ Scott Rolen.

Polanco was voted as a starter by the fans and had a back injury. His status is day to day. If he can’t go, Bochy can pick whoever he wants. Bochy said Saturday night the Giants’ Pablo Sandoval has a chance to go to the All-Star Game. The All-Star rules say one player must be designated as a utility guy who can re-enter the game if someone is hurt. Polanco would’ve filled that role. Sandoval is more versatile than Ramirez.

Ramirez is batting .407 (24-for-59) in his last 16 games with three doubles, 10 homers, and 17 RBIs.

“If you’re trying to win a game, who’s hotter than him?” Mike Quade said.

* Matt Garza, Ryan Dempster and Carlos Zambrano will start the first three games of the Cubs’ post All-Star break series against the Marlins, which starts Thursday. Quade said he couldn’t give the rest of the rotation after those three games because they wanted to “take a look at the kids and the whole situation.” The kids include Randy Wells, 38-year-old Ramon Ortiz and 35-year-old Rodrigo Lopez.

* Alfonso Soriano was a teammate of Derek Jeter and congratulated the Yankees shortstop on reaching 3,000 hits on Saturday.

“I’m very happy because he’s a great player but to me it’s very personal,” Soriano said. “I had the opportunity to play three years with him, second and short, and he taught me a lot about this game.”

Soriano began Saturday’s game with 1,701 hits. Could he get to 3,000?

“I don’t think so,” he said. “I’m looking at 2,000. Three thousand is a lot.”

— Carrie Muskat

7/9 Extra bases

* The Cubs’ 36 wins are its fewest since heading into the All-Star break in 2006 with 34 wins.

* Aramis Ramirez is batting .407 (24-for-59) in his last 16 games with three doubles, 10 homers, and 17 RBIs. His 15 home runs this season are the most he’s had before the All-Star break since he hit 17 in 2008.

* Speaking of stats, Starlin Castro is closing in on his season totals from 2010. Castro batted .300 last season with 31 doubles, five triples, three homers and 41 RBIs in 125 games. In 87 games so far this year, he has 23 doubles, eight triples, two homers and 38 RBIs and was batting .304. His next hit will be his 200th since the All-Star break one year ago.

* More than 65 percent of the Cubs’ 90 games this season have been decided by three or fewer runs, and the team is 25-34 in those games.

* The Cubs bullpen had a 1.70 ERA (11 earned runs over 58 1/3 innings) in 18 games before Friday’s game against the Pirates when relievers gave up four runs over two innings.

— Carrie Muskat


7/7 Extra bases

* The Cubs are 24-33 in 57 games decided by three or fewer runs this season, including a 10-17 mark in one-run decisions. The Cubs are a season-low 18 games under .500 for the first time since completing play Sept. 13 last season at 63-81.

* Carlos Pena is one of four Cubs left-handed hitters to reach 18 homers before the All-Star break. He joins Billy Williams, Rick Monday and Henry Rodriguez. Williams hit 19 before the break in 1964, 26 in 1970, and 22 in ’72. Monday hit 21 before the break in ’73 and Rodriguez hit 19 in ’98. All of Pena’s homers have come since May 3.

* In 14 games since June 24, Aramis Ramirez has hit .385 with three doubles, nine homers, 15 RBIs and 16 runs scored. He has a 1.372 OPS in that stretch, second in the Majors behind the Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez. His 14 homers are the most before the break since he hit 17 in the first half of 2008 season.

— Carrie Muskat

7/1 Ramirez reaches 300 HR

Aramis Ramirez hit his 300th career homer with one out in the sixth inning Friday, and his sixth in his last eight games. Ramirez is the ninth player to reach the milestone with the Cubs. Last season, Derrek Lee and Alfonso Soriano both did so just two days apart on June 9 and June 11, respectively. Ramirez is the 131st player in Major League history to reach 300. The Yankees’ Mark Teixeira did so on Thursday.

With one out in the sixth, Ramirez connected on a 1-2 pitch from the White Sox’s Edwin Jackson, and the ball landed in the left field bleachers.

The third baseman’s 224 homers rank seventh in franchise history; next up is Gabby Hartnett who hit 231 with the Cubs.

— Carrie Muskat

6/27 Are Cubs buyers or sellers?

The trade deadline is July 31 but it was a topic posed to some Cubs players after Monday’s 7-3 win over the Rockies. Will the Cubs be buyers or sellers?

“We haven’t been healthy,” third baseman Aramis Ramirez said. “Right now we’re playing better but we’re missing Marlon Byrd and [Darwin] Barney [who are on the DL].”

Pitcher Matt Garza ignores the talk.

“I know what my job is and that’s to pitch and get outs,” he said. “None of that stuff concerns me. If my name gets called, it gets called. I’m just going to keep going out there and keep pitching.”

Carlos Pena has been red-hot lately. Maybe he’ll draw interest? He doesn’t think about such things.

“Not at all,” Pena said. “I’m a Cub. I don’t even look that far ahead. In my mind, I’m a Cub until the end.”

Does he feel the Cubs can still make a run in the NL Central?

“We still have faith in this ballclub,” Pena said. “Everyone here believes we can do it. We undrstand we need to play today’s game today. I think we’re playing great baseball in the last few weeks. Now we have to make the sure the tight ballgames go our way.”

— Carrie Muskat

5/29 Ramirez home run

Remember the last time Aramis Ramirez homered? It was on April 6 against Arizona’s Armando Galarraga. On Sunday, he led off the second inning with No.  2 for the season, hitting the first pitch from Pittsburgh’s Jeff Karstens into the left field bleacher seats. It was only Ramirez’s second hit in his last 14 at-bats. He’s now nine homers shy of 300 in his career.

— Carrie Muskat

5/17 Runners in scoring position

As team, the Cubs are batting .278 overall, but they’re hitting .232 with runners in scoring position. It’s the veterans who are struggling the most. Here are the numbers:

* Marlon Byrd: .227 (10-for-44) with RISP, 7 RBIs

Note: Byrd has eight RBIs for the year, all coming when he hits third. Three of those came on May 4, and are his only RBIs for the month of May.

* Aramis Ramirez: .231 (9-for-39) with RISP, 11 RBIs.

Note: He’s 0-for-15 with RISP and two outs.

* Alfonso Soriano: .179 (7-for-39) with RISP, 11 RBIs.

Here are some positive numbers:

* Jeff Baker:  .438 (7-for-16) with RISP, 11 RBIs

* Starlin Castro: .300 (12-for-40) with RISP, 16 RBIs

* Darwin Barney: .333 (14-for-34) with RISP, 15 RBIs

 — Carrie Muskat

5/10 Dominican players honored

The Cubs, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Gisselle Castillo-Veremis, the consul general of the Dominican Republic, will honor players from the Caribbean island in a pre-game ceremony tonight. They will present Starlin Castro, Carlos Marmol, Marcos Mateo, Carlos Peña, Aramis Ramirez and Alfonso Soriano as well as the Cardinals’ Albert Pujols and Miguel Batista with a special recognition award on behalf of the president of the Dominican Republic.

The first Dominican-born Cubs player was Roberto Pena, who was the team’s Opening Day shortstop in 1965. Pena played in 57 games for the Cubs (1965-66), 55 of thoee games at shortstop. The Cubs first Dominican-born pitcher was Jose Nunez in 1990.

Carlos Pena is the 46th Dominican player to appear in a Major League game with the Cubs.  Of those 46, Sammy Sosa played the longest at 13 years.  Aramis Ramirez (nine seasons), Carlos Marmol (six seasons) and Alfonso Soriano (five seasons) are next on the seniority list.

At least one Dominican-born player has played for the Cubs every season since 1989. Last year, there were seven with Soriano, Castro, Ramirez, Marmol, Mateo, Esmailin Caridad and Welington Castillo.  Seven Dominican-born players also played for the Cubs in 1997.

The Cubs have expanded their commitment to the Dominican. They are in the process of finalizing details for a new academy there. Chicago Cubs Charities donated more than $40,000 to the Dominican in the last year. The money was designated to fund a rural health care program and doctor visits to communities to identify patients at risk for diabetes, to expand a surgical center recovery room, and to construct a new facility at a local school.

— Carrie Muskat