Aramis Ramirez retires after 18 seasons in the majors


Aramis Ramirez hinted all year that this would be his final season and now the 37-year-old third baseman is officially calling it a career, retiring after 18 seasons in the majors.

Ramirez is one of the most underrated right-handed hitters of this era, batting .283 with 386 homers, 495 doubles, and an .833 OPS in 2,194 games for the Pirates, Cubs, Brewers, and Pirates again.

He made three All-Star teams and ranks among the top 10 for active players in runs scored, hits, total bases, doubles, home runs, RBIs, extra-base hits, and times on base. Oh, and he earned nearly $150 million.

Durable and consistent, he topped an .800 OPS in all but one season from 2004 to 2013, hit 25 or more homers 10 different times, and batted .300 or better in seven seasons.

Ramirez debuted at 20, finished playing at 37, and was a really, really good player for nearly that entire time.