Touring MLB’s 2011 leaderboards: the hitters


American League

Batting average
1. Miguel Cabrera (Det): .344
2. Adrian Gonzalez (Bos): .338
3. Michael Young (Tex): .338

Home runs
1. Jose Bautista (Tor): 43
2. Curtis Granderson (NYY): 41
3. Mark Teixeira (NYY): 39

1. Curtis Granderson (NYY): 119
2. Robinson Cano (NYY): 118
3. Adrian Gonzalez (Bos): 117

1. Curtis Granderson (NYY): 136
2. Ian Kinsler (Tex): 121
3. Jacoby Ellsbury (Bos): 119

1. Coco Crisp (Oak): 49
1. Brett Gardner (NYY): 49
3. Ichiro Suzuki (Sea): 40

1. Miguel Cabrera (Det): .448
2. Jose Bautista (Tor): .447
3. Adrian Gonzalez (Bos): .410

Slugging percentage
1. Jose Bautista (Tor): .608
2. Miguel Cabrera (Det): .586
3. Adrian Beltre (Tex): .561

National League

Batting average
1. Jose Reyes (NYM): .337
2. Ryan Braun (Mil): .332
3. Matt Kemp (LAD): .324

Home runs
1. Matt Kemp (LAD): 39
2. Prince Fielder (Mil): 38
3. Albert Pujols (StL): 37

1. Matt Kemp (LAD): 126
2. Prince Fielder (Mil): 120
3. Ryan Howard (Phi): 116

1. Matt Kemp (LAD): 115
2. Ryan Braun (Mil): 109
3. Albert Pujols (StL): 105
3. Justin Upton (Ari): 105

1. Michael Bourn (Hou-Atl): 61
2. Emilio Bonifacio (Fla): 40
2. Matt Kemp (LAD): 40
2. Cameron Maybin (SDP): 40
2. Drew Stubbs (Cin): 40

1. Joey Votto (Cin): .416
2. Prince Fielder (Mil): .415
3. Lance Berkman (StL): .412

Slugging percentage
1. Ryan Braun (Mil): .597
2. Matt Kemp (LAD): .586
3. Prince Fielder (Mil): .566

The Red Sox designate Hanley Ramirez for assignment

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The Boston Red Sox plan to activate Dustin Pedroia from the disabled list today. That’s a big deal. The move they’re making to make room for him on the roster is a big one too: they plan to designate Hanley Ramirez for assignment.

The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier first reported the impending transaction. He was told by a major league source that Ramirez was informed this morning he’ll be moved off the roster. A designation for assignment, of course, means that the Sox have seven days to either trade or release Ramirez.

Ramirez, 34, is experiencing his worst season as a major leaguer thus far, hitting .254/.313/.395 (88 OPS+) in 195 plate appearances as he split time between first base and designated hitter. Given how well Mitch Moreland has hit at first and J.D. Martinez has hit at DH, there is simply no room for Ramirez in the lineup.

Ramirez, a 14-year big league veteran, won the 2006 Rookie of the Year Award and won the NL batting title in 2009. He has been a below average hitter in three of his last four seasons, however, and long removed from his days as a middle infielder, he has little defensive value these days. That said, his fame and the possibility that he could put together a decent run if used wisely will likely get him some looks from other clubs.