Aramis Ramirez is be your prototype player that only comes through after your team’s season is over. Ramirez did that during his final years with the Chicago Cubs, and did that again in 2012 with the Milwaukee Brewers. Ramirez hit just .272 in the first half of the season before hitting .331 during the second half. If Ramirez ever wants to be looked at as a complete player, he needs to come to play from the first pitch of the season, and not wait until after the All-Star break.
Ramirez did have a career-high 50 doubles last season for Milwaukee along with his first season over 100 RBIs since 2008, but those numbers don’t do anything to help a team if most of it comes in the second half when the team is out of the pennant race. It became a running joke when he was with the Cubs, but when things got important in the postseason for Chicago in 2007 and 2008, Ramirez went 2-for-23. The Brewers didn’t pay Ramirez what they did to see those numbers.
If the Brewers are happy with a player that only wants to give his best when the pressure is off, they got the right guy, and with another two years left on his contract, he’s not going anywhere. The Brewers will need Ramirez in the middle of their lineup to score runs, and especially this season with Corey Hart out to start the year. We’ll see if that changes anything with Ramirez in the first half of 2013.