Aramis Ramirez, Centrally Located

The 2015 season will be the NL Central Division’s 22nd year of play, having seen its first season of competition in 1994. 1994 was also the season the Pirates of the brand new NL Central Division signed the 16-year-old Aramis Ramirez to a pro contract. Ramirez has remained with NL Central Division organizations ever since, first with the Pirates, then the Cubs and, since 2012, the Brewers. On September 20th, 2014, Aramis played in his 2,051st career regular season game, breaking Craig Biggio’s record of 2,050 career regular season games played for NL Central Division teams.

Most Regular Season Games Played For NL Central Division Clubs
1. Aramis Ramirez 2,057
2. Craig Biggio 2,050
3. Lance Berkman 1,769
4. Albert Pujols 1,705
5. Jeff Bagwell 1,690
(credit: division-based leaderboards have been generated using the current edition of Lee Sinins’ Complete Baseball Encyclopedia)

More NL Central stats are after the jump.

Aramis needs another 76 hits to become the NL Central career hits leader:

Most Regular Season Hits For NL Central Division Clubs
1. Craig Biggio 2,261
2. Aramis Ramirez 2,186
3. Albert Pujols 2,073
4. Jeff Bagwell 1,820
5. Lance Berkman 1,816

Ramirez needs 91 more Total Bases to pass Albert Pujols for the Central Division lead in that category:

Most Regular Season Total Bases For NL Central Division Clubs
1. Albert Pujols 3,893
2. Aramis Ramirez 3,803
3. Sammy Sosa 3,587
4. Craig Biggio 3,578
5. Jeff Bagwell 3,435

On August 8th this past season, Ramirez reached 1,330 regular season RBI, grabbing the number #1 spot in that category away from Pujols.

Most Regular Season Runs Batted In For NL Central Division Clubs
1. Aramis Ramirez 1,342
2. Albert Pujols 1,329
3. Sammy Sosa 1,296
4. Jeff Bagwell 1,263
5. Lance Berkman 1,191

In the glamour category of home runs, Aramis nudged into fourth place on the all-time NL Central career list on June 4th of this past season.

Most Regular Season Home Runs For NL Central Division Clubs
1. Sammy Sosa 504
2. Albert Pujols 445
3. Jeff Bagwell 396
4. Aramis Ramirez 369
5. Lance Berkman 359

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Doug
Doug
7 years ago

Others to play since 1994 for 3+ teams in same league, all in the same division
NL Central – Jason Kendall, 1594 games
NL East – Brian Schneider, 1048 games
NL West – Juan Uribe, 962 games
AL West – Adam Kennedy, 1235 games
AL East – Eric Hinske, 942 games
AL Central – Scott Leius, 295 games (+ 262 games before 1994 for an AL Central club)

Of the above, only Schneider and Leius were like Ramirez in not playing in the other league.

Paul E
Paul E
7 years ago

Career Runs Created 3B

1 Chipper Jones 1965
2 George Brett 1878
3 Mike Schmidt 1757
4 Wade Boggs 1750
5 Eddie Mathews 1716
6 Darrell Evans 1499
7 Adrian Beltre 1457
8 Ron Santo 1379
9 Scott Rolen 1370
10 Brooks Robinson 1355
11 Aramis Ramirez 1292

It would probably take a heck of a finish to his career to pass Darrell Evans

Paul E
Paul E
7 years ago

Career XBH 3b

1 George Brett 1119
2 Chipper Jones 1055
3 Mike Schmidt 1015
4 Adrian Beltre 954
5 Eddie Mathews 938
6 Scott Rolen 876
7 Aramis Ramirez 856
8 Gary Gaetti 842
9 Brooks Robinson 818
10 Darrell Evans 779
11 Ron Santo 774

Could possibly make 5th on this list….I mean, he is 36 years of age and magic potions are no longer allowed. He has had a great career

birtelcom
birtelcom
7 years ago
Reply to  Paul E

If you look only at XBH’s in games played as a third baseman, Aramis moves up:
1. Schmidt 947
2. Beltre 917
3. Mathews 888
4. Chipper 883
5. Rolen 874
6. Aramis 847

Brett had over 4,000 PAs while in games as a first baseman or DH.

mosc
mosc
7 years ago
Reply to  Paul E

That Beltre guy is pretty good…

Paul E
Paul E
7 years ago
Reply to  mosc

Mosc,
Agreed. A lot of his WAR is defense related. But, who is the greatest offensive player who didn’t take a walk? Any suggestions?

Brent
Brent
7 years ago
Reply to  Paul E

I guess it depends on your definition of “wouldn’t take a walk”, but my first reaction was Roberto Clemente.

paget
paget
7 years ago
Reply to  Paul E

This is a really cool question. My first thought was a historical favorite of mine (who’s time is coming up in the CoG) Al Simmons. Tony Gwynn and Ichiro also come to mind right away.

paget
paget
7 years ago
Reply to  paget

Oh, and how could I forget after having argued so much for him: Joe Medwick.

David P
David P
7 years ago
Reply to  paget

Greatest offensive player who never walked?

Well Nap Lajoie has more career Rbat (577) than walks (516).

For players whose career was entirely in the 20th century, Harry Heilmann is the only one with 500+ Rbat and a walk rate of less than 1 every 10 PAs.

Richard Chester
Richard Chester
7 years ago
Reply to  paget

@14: Ty Cobb had 1249 BB with 13084 PA which is less than 1 BB per 10 PA.

Lawrence Azrin
Lawrence Azrin
7 years ago
Reply to  paget

@15,

Cobb actually walked a decent amount for his time, about league-average over his career; his “isolated BB + HBP average” (OBA – BA) is .067, the AL average .068.

Plus, he finished in the AL Top-10 in walks six times, as high as second; in 1915, he had 118 BB, the only time he exceeded 100. Why the anomaly? I suspect he was trying to reach base as often as possible that year, to break the SB record, which he did (Clyde Milan, 1912).

Lawrence Azrin
Lawrence Azrin
7 years ago
Reply to  Paul E

@8; Ranking by “isolated BB + HBP average” (OBA – BA) the players suggested below as ‘the greatest offensive player who didn’t take a walk’ – comparing them to the league average: Joe Medwick: -.026 below league-average Al Simmons: -.025 below league-average Roberto Clemente: -.024 below league-average Ichiro!: -.022 below league-average Nap Lajoie: -.020 below league-average Tony Gwynn: -.018 below league-average Ty Cobb: -.001 below league-average Harry Heilmann: EXACTLY league-average All of the first five guys above seem like good candidates, but combining “walked least”/”most offensive value” I’d go with Al Simmons. Rounding errors may make the rankings seem more… Read more »

Richard Chester
Richard Chester
7 years ago

Here is a list of players with 70+ WAR with the highest ratio of PA/BB:

18.07….Nap Lajoie
16.44….Roberto Clemente
14.58….Adrian Beltre
13.87….Frankie Frisch
13.75….Sam Crawford