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Indians’ Jose Ramirez shares reason for declining Home Run Derby

Jose Ramirez

Jose Ramirez surprisingly declined an invitation to participate in the Home Run Derby this year, and on Thursday he explained why.

The Cleveland Indians third baseman, who has 27 home runs on the season, seems to think that conserving his energy is more important.

“I sat down with the team and we made a decision, all of us together,” Ramirez said via a translator, per MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian. “We just decided it wasn’t the best thing for me to do at this time. It’s a long season. I’m a player that plays every day and I need to save energy for the second half and, God willing, the playoffs as well.”

Indians manager Terry Francona said that Ramirez would have had the team’s blessing had he chosen to participate in the competition on Monday, but that he felt it was a good choice from Ramirez to decline.

Other Indians players commented that Ramirez had been really excited about doing it and boasting that he would win, so they were surprised when he turned it down. Back in June, we even had a story about him saying he wanted to do it.

It seems that the team’s leadership may have told Ramirez all the reasons why avoiding the competition might be beneficial, especially as the Indians look poised to win the AL Central for the third straight season.

Jose Ramirez wants to be in Home Run Derby, predicts he would win it

Jose Ramirez

Most players would be happy just to receive an invitation to the Home Run Derby, but Jose Ramirez took it one step further on Tuesday.

In an interview with Zack Meisel of The Athletic, the Cleveland Indians slugger was asked if he would like to compete in the event next month.

“Yeah, I would do it,” replied Ramirez through Cleveland’s team interpreter. “I want to do it.

“I’ve wanted to do it,” he continued. “If they put me there, I would win it.”

Ramirez, 25, definitely has the bat to back up his braggadocio — he clubbed 29 home runs for the Indians in 2017 and is now tied for third in the league with 18 dingers in just 57 games so far this season.

We already know that last year’s champ won’t be defending his title this year, so that could create just the opening that Ramirez needs to make good on his bold prediction here.

Indians’ Jose Ramirez appears to deny ‘fake news’ PED report

Jose Ramirez

Contrary to an Internet rumor that gained a bit of steam on Tuesday, Jose Ramirez does not appear to have a suspension for PEDs incoming.

A Dominican blog called “WIKIRD” posted a seemingly unsubstantiated story linking the Cleveland Indians infielder to the use of performance-enhancing drugs and the accompanying 80-game suspension under MLB policy.

Shortly after the story was published, Ramirez posted a tweet where he appeared to deny the rumors, calling them “fake news.”

The post was apparently a big enough deal that Indians manager Terry Francona even took some time to respond to it. Francona said that there was no truth to the rumors and that Ramirez “got a big kick” out of them, also adding that the league had not informed them of any supposed violation.

Ramirez, 25, is batting .291 with 15 homers and 37 RBIs so far this season for the AL Central-leading Indians. He’s not the only Cleveland player who has had to shoot down unfounded rumors about himself in recent days either.

H/T Let’s Go Tribe

Indians’ Jose Ramirez shares very important update on his finger

Jose Ramirez

Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez shared a very important update about his finger Tuesday.

Ramirez left the Indians’ spring training game against the Diamondbacks after cutting his finger in the first inning. Indians manager Terry Francona said later that Ramirez cut his finger reaching for a bat.

The Indians called Ramirez day-to-day. Ramirez himself addressed all concerns with a simple tweet:

Well there you have it. He’s OK. The 25-year-old is coming off a breakout season for Cleveland in which he batted .318 with 56 doubles and 29 homers and finished third in AL MVP voting.

Terry Francona drops hilarious line about Jose Ramirez’s ALDS slump

Terry Francona

Terry Francona has just the idea on how to snap Jose Ramirez out of his funk.

Addressing the media on Tuesday with his team tied 2-2 with the New York Yankees in the ALDS, the Cleveland Indians manager was asked if there was a way he could help Ramirez, who is currently hitting .118 for the series, relax. Here was Francona’s priceless response, per MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian:

Truth be told, the entire Indians team could probably use a Xanax after blowing a 2-0 lead in the series and boxing themselves into a winner-take-all Game 5 on Wednesday. But perhaps Francona’s sharp-witted humor, which has definitely been on full display this series, is all the remedy that they need.

15 biggest breakout stars of the MLB season

Cody Bellinger

Every baseball season sees new players emerge as stars and huge contributors to their teams. Some of them are rookies or young players who have everything finally click for them, while others are journeymen who somehow put it together at a later stage in their career.

Here is a look at 15 MLB players who have enjoyed breakout seasons.

Cody Bellinger, 1B/OF, Dodgers

Bellinger arrived to some fanfare in late April, but few could have expected the production that he offered the team. Bellinger became an instant power source, belting an NL rookie record 39 home runs. That figure comfortably leads the Dodgers, and his .270 average ensures that he is not simply a high-power, low-average slugger. Bellinger has been a huge part of the Dodgers’ historic season, and few could have predicted that at the start of the season.

Archie Bradley, RP, Diamondbacks

Once a top-ten draft pick as a starting pitcher, Bradley reinvented himself as an elite reliever in 2017, helping stabilize the Arizona bullpen as they make a run to the playoffs for the first time in six years. Bradley has posted an impressive 1.41 ERA, striking out 76 in 70 innings and issuing only 18 walks. He has served as Fernando Rodney’s setup man, but truth be told, he has been the team’s best reliever — and he looks like he has the chance to be a future closer.

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Jose Ramirez calls out MLB The Show for getting his picture wrong

Jose Ramirez isn’t going to let himself be disrespected virtually.

The Cleveland Indians infielder took to Twitter on Friday to call out popular video game franchise MLB The Show for getting his picture wrong in their latest release for 2017 and showing an image of Atlanta Braves pitcher Jose Ramirez in an Indians hat instead, apparently for the second year in a row.

The Indians’ Ramirez was a stud in 2016, batting .312/.363/.462 with 11 home runs, 76 RBIs, and 22 stolen bases. You would think that (combined with his pilary exploits) would be enough to differentiate him from the other Ramirez, who made just 33 relief appearances for the Braves last season.

Fortunately, the MLB The Show crew was sensitive to the Ramirez plight.

All’s well that ends well, I suppose.

Jose Ramirez ditches trademark hairdo, Indians Twitter devastated

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The luscious blond locks of Cleveland Indians infielder Jose Ramirez are gone.

Ramirez posted an image of himself to Twitter on Saturday showing his reversion back to a normal, plebeian hairstyle.

The Indians’ official Twitter account definitely appeared to be less than thrilled to receive the unfortunate news.

For a bit of context, Ramirez’s fiery, borderline-orange hair earned something of a cult following during the team’s 2016 World Series run. Here’s an example of the 24-year-old’s ‘do looked like back in the summer.

my face and my hair is beautiful. Lol

A photo posted by Jose Ramirez (@ramirez_jose11) on

The demise of Ramirez’s trademark style will undoubtedly be a tough pill for the City of Cleveland to swallow. But if the Indians can just focus on what Ramirez does in the field (batting .312 with 11 home runs, 72 RBIs, and 22 stolen bases in 2016) instead of what he does in the barbershop (or in the parking lot for that matter), I’m sure they’ll be just fine.

Ricky Nolasco furious with Jose Ramirez, hints Twins will hit him

Kurt Suzuki Paul Molitor

The Minnesota Twins took exception to the way Jose Ramirez celebrated a home run he hit on Wednesday, and Ricky Nolasco hinted that the second baseman may be in line for a plunking.

Ramirez went 2-for-4 with 4 RBIs in the Indians’ 10-1 win over the Twins in the second half of a doubleheader. He had an RBI double in the second, but it was after his 3-run home run in the eighth that the Twins were so upset.

Ramirez admired the towering shot he crushed off Nolasco and even did a massive bat flip. The homer led many Twins, such as Kurt Suzuki and manager Paul Molitor, to come to the top step of the dugout to curse out Ramirez.

After the game, Nolasco said Ramirez would “get his,” which seems to be his way of saying he’ll be hit by a pitch.

Nolasco also supposedly called the celebration a “horses— move.”

Indians manager Terry Francona recognized his infielder went too far with the celebration, saying he had a “good swing, poor judgement.”

The irony is these teams are getting into a fight over a supposed disrespectful celebration the same day a major article comes out about the culture clash in baseball. Umpires better be on high alert during Thursday’s finale.

Indians prank Jose Ramirez, park his car at shortstop

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Cleveland Indians shortstop Jose Ramirez should stop leaving his car keys in the hands of people he doesn’t trust. If not, he could find his BMW fielding a ground ball without a glove on.

On Thursday morning, the Indians decided to prank Ramirez by parking his car in his office, essentially.

Why would Ramirez’s teammates do that to him? Indians manager Terry Francona told MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian that the 22-year-old has an unpopular habit of parking his car wherever he pleases at the team training facility. We’re guessing that means he parks in spots that are usually reserved for veteran players and coaches. Here are some more entertaining nuggets:

Ramirez should consider that a warning. There are much worse things teammates can do to a player’s car. Don’t believe us? Just ask this NBA player about his rookie season a couple years back.

H/T Big League Stew