Old dog, new trick: Aramis Ramirez is playing a new position after 18,000 innings at third base

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Aramis Ramirez has played 18 seasons and 2,173 games in the big leagues without ever spending even one inning at a defensive position other than third base.

That changes tonight, as Ramirez starts at first base for the Pirates after logging all 17,878 innings of his defensive career across the diamond.

Ramirez has been taking practice reps at first base in the hopes of making a smooth transition to a new position at age 37. And even if he’s a little rough around the edges at first base, it’s hard to imagine Ramirez being any worse there than the Pirates’ season-long starter, Pedro Alvarez, who’s committed 19 errors and looks every bit as bad as that number suggests.

Ramirez has hit .258 with five homers and a .745 OPS in 20 games for the Pirates since they re-acquired him from the Brewers on July 23.