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He was signed out of the Dominican Republic and started his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates at the age of 20.
On November 7, 1994, Ramírez signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates. On May 26, 1998, he made his major league debut with the Pirates, becoming the youngest player in MLB at that time.
Ramírez struggled in his first three seasons, splitting playing time between the Pirates and Triple-A Nashville Sounds. Playing with the Pirates for an entire season for the first time in 2001, Ramírez hit .300 with 34 home runs. In 2002, his batting performance dipped to .234 with 18 home runs.
Ramírez was traded to the Chicago Cubs on July 23, 2003 with outfielder Kenny Lofton for José Hernández, Matt Bruback and a player to be named later (The Cubs sent Bobby Hill on August 15, 2003 to complete the trade). Ramírez finished the 2003 season strong in Chicago, though he led the majors with 33 errors at third base. He had the lowest fielding percentage of all Major League third basemen with .929. The Cubs made the playoffs and defeated the Atlanta Braves before being beaten by the eventual World Series champions Florida Marlins in the seven-game 2003 National League Championship Series. During the first inning of Game 4 of the NLCS, Ramírez hit the first playoff grand slam in Cubs history off Marlins starter Dontrelle Willis. Ramírez finished the series with three home runs, seven RBIs, and one triple.
On September 16, 2004, Ramírez became the 14th player in Major League history to have two different games with three home runs in a season. On defense, his range factor of 2.26 was the lowest among all Major League third basemen.
In 2005, he was elected to play in his first All-Star Game. Ramírez finished the season on the disabled list, after straining his quadriceps femoral muscle on August 24. He finished the season with 31 home runs and 92 RBIs.
In 2006, Ramírez hit 38 home runs and 119 RBIs. He collected his 1,000th hit on July 15 versus the New York Mets. On defense, his range factor of 2.41 was the lowest among Major League third basemen for the third straight year. After the season, he was listed as being potentially the biggest free agent in the market. Ramírez elected to stay with the Cubs, agreeing to a five-year, $73 million contract on November 12, 2006.
Ramírez hit his 200th career home run, off Claudio Vargas, on April 23, 2007. On June 29, 2007, Ramírez had one of the best games of his career, in which he went 3-for-5, highlighted by ending a crucial game against the Milwaukee Brewers with a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning off pitcher, Francisco Cordero to cap a five-run comeback win. Many Cubs fans saw this game as the best comeback win of the season, which also sparked a new rivalry with the Brewers.
The Cubs won the 2007 National League Central division. Ramírez finished the season with 101 RBIs, which led the team. He finished second on the Cubs in home runs (26) and batting average (.310). The divisional title came only after battling it out with Milwaukee for the final month of September. Ramírez made strides to improve his defensive game in 2007, as he lowered his error total and improved his range factor for the third consecutive year. Aramis Ramírez hit the longest home run of the season on 9/21/07, at 495 feet.
Ramírez got off to a quick start in 2009 with five RBIs during the Cubs’ opening series against the Houston Astros. His first-inning homer in the season opener off Roy Oswalt was the 250th of his career. On April 18 against the St. Louis Cardinals, he hit a walk-off home run in the 11th inning.
Ramirez returned to the starting lineup on June 25 in Chicago against the White Sox. On defense, in 2010 he had the lowest fielding percentage among major league third baseman, at .939.
Ramirez activated his $14 million option on November 3, 2010 to stay with the Cubs for the 2011 season.
On June 27, 2011, Ramirez and teammate Carlos Peña homered twice in a 7–3 win over the Colorado Rockies. Ramirez and Pena both hit a two-run home run and a solo home run each.
On July 1, 2011, Ramírez hit his 300th career home run against the Chicago White Sox.
On July 10, 2011, Aramis Ramírez was asked by National League manager Bruce Bochy to replace Plácido Polanco in the All-Star Game, but Ramirez declined the invitation due to previous plans to be with his family during the break.
On October 30, 2011, Ramirez declined his portion of the $16 million option on his contract and chose to become a free agent.
On November 2, 2011, Ramirez was awarded the Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award for best offensive NL third baseman. In his ninth season as a Cub, Ramirez batted .306 with 35 doubles, 26 home runs and a team-high 93 RBIs. He also led the team in slugging percentage and on-base percentage.
On December 12, 2011, Ramirez signed a three-year deal worth $36 million with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Ramirez’s 2013 campaign was constantly interrupted by injury. During the preseason, Ramirez sprained his left knee sliding into second base during an exhibition game at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix where the Milwaukee Brewers play their spring training games. He recovered in time to play on Opening Day, but re-aggravated the injury on a similar slide into second base during the fourth game of the season and was forced to miss 30 days on the Disabled List. Ramirez returned to play in May and June, but was hampered by the knee injury causing him to lack lateral movement at 3rd base and diminished his signature power. The injury developed into patella tendinitis forcing Ramirez into another 30-day stint on the Disabled List by the end of July.
On July 23, 2015, Ramirez was traded back to the Pirates in exchange for minor league pitcher Yhonathan Barrios. Upon his return to the Pirates, he was unable to wear his familiar #16 as that was being currently worn by first base coach Nick Leyva, so Ramirez chose to wear #17 instead, with Pedro Florimón making the switch to #23 to accommodate Ramirez. On September 9, 2015, Ramirez played a position other than third base for the first time in his Major League career, starting at first base.
Currently, Aramis Ramirez is 44 years, 0 months and 7 days old. Aramis Ramirez will celebrate 45th birthday on a Sunday 25th of June 2023.
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