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Jose Ramirez has been on absolute fire lately


Indians second baseman Jose Ramirez somehow remains one of the game’s most underrated players despite helping the Indians to the World Series last year and to a 12-game winning streak entering Tuesday’s game against the White Sox.

Ramirez, in particular, has been on fire over his last 11 games, racking up eight doubles and five home runs. He even accomplished a rare feat, accruing five extra-base hits in one game. He stayed hot on Tuesday, drilling a pair of solo home runs in the first and second innings, both off of David Holmberg.

Through four at-bats against the White Sox, Ramirez was batting .312/.364/.569 with 25 home runs, 69 RBI, 92 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases in 566 plate appearances on the season. His 5.2 WAR, per FanGraphs, ranks third-best in the American League among qualified position players behind Jose Altuve (6.5) and Aaron Judge (5.7).

Sheldon Ocker named winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award

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The Baseball Writers Association of America has named Sheldon Ocker the winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award. He will be honored with the award that is presented annually to a sportswriter “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing” during Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown on July 29.

Ocker began covering the Indians for the Akron Beacon Journal in 1981 and did so until 2013, when he retired. He was national president of the BBWAA in 1985 and served as chair of the Cleveland Chapter 11 times. He named Ohio Sports Writer of the Year in 1997 and 2000 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.