Sunday, May 9, 2010

Hottest of the Hot Corner: Ranking MLB's Top 16 Third Basemen—No. 9

Chicago Cubs' Ramirez watches his two run homerun against the Milwaukee Brewers during the fourth inning of their opening day MLB baseball game in Chicago.
Part 8 of 16

No. 9 Aramis Ramirez , Chicago Cubs

There is a little bit of a theme here. The only thing that stands in the way of Aramis Ramirez and a higher ranking is health.

Injuries have always been a little part of the equation with Aramis, but he missed half the season in 2009 with a dislocated shoulder and has experienced some arm soreness in 2010. Rust and being less than 100% may explain why Ramirez is off to a terrible start this year, hitting just .155 with 25 strikeouts.

The Cubs are hoping for their best hitter to return to the form he displayed over nine years prior to going down last season. In that period, Ramirez averaged 28 HR's, 98 RBI's and .292 batting.

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