Cleveland Indians star Jose Ramirez has joined elite company in the 30-30 club. While the milestone is noteworthy, it brings to light just how special the 25-year-old is.
The last player to reach the milestone none other than Mike Trout in back-to-back years from 2011-12. Ramirez becomes the 39th player to ever reach the historic mark.
He’s in some great company, too. Take a look at the list to see some of the legends who have reached it.
If reaching the mark does one thing, it proves to he is one of the games true elite talents.
The crazy thing is, he wasn’t actually that far off the mark last season. He finished with 29 home runs and 17 stolen bases.
He’s built on that campaign and more by breaking out in a big way this year. To this point, he’s hit .282 and is top-five in home runs (38) and RBI’s (99).
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He’s been mashing, too. His 38 home runs easily surpass his 2017 total of 28.
"“It’s not just the 30-30,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “Everything he does, he impacts the game in so many different ways.”"
Trout and Mookie Betts will probably both reach the 30-30 mark, too. But, Ramirez getting there first certainly says something. His average likely won’t keep him on par for the Most Valuable Player award, but, he’ll be in the mix.
But, after finishing third in MVP voting last season, Ramirez can once again expect to represent the Cleveland Indians with a top-five finish.
Regardless of the finish, one thing is certain. He’s is here to stay.