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Somewhere in my childhood, when I was about 10 years old, I came to the conclusion
that all great baseball players should have at least 30 home runs a year and at
least 100 runs batted in. Today I realize there is a whole lot more to it than this.
The no doubt, best batter in Major Leagues last year (Derek Lee) had trouble getting
all the RBIs that he deserved. Mainly because of his team mates could not get on
base and management could never agree on a batting order. But loosely, I still believe
those two marks are significant measuring tools. I don't know that any real baseball
expert would agree with me on this, but hey, this is my opinion.|
I have been a huge fan of Aramis Ramirez since he became a Cubby in 2003. I felt a little alone in that for a while. Spring of 2004, I had to set out to make my own Cubs Ramirez jersey. Now you can buy them, but that was back then. I was a fan because he was by far one of the best support players. When the Cubs needed a lift for a win, he would be there. Why am I writing this? Well in 2003 and 2004 he surpassed those marks. Last year he made the home run, but not the RBIs. I was pretty disappointed in the Cubs and a litte in him. Was I fair? Nope, not really, but I wanted better than he gave.
Today he sits at 29 home runs and 83 runs batted in after a two run home run in a game they lost. But the good news is that he has a great chance of finishing very strong.
You can find the book online
38 home runs (career high)
119 runs batted in (career high)
Also on another note, Juan Pierre lead the National Leage with 204 hits and second in stolen bases with 58.