Cleveland Indians infielder Jose Ramirez was recently considered one of baseball’s best players. Why, then, has he been so terrible over the last calendar year?
A year ago today, Cleveland Indians infielder Jose Ramirez was implicated in a story out of the Dominican Republic for PED use. At the time, the story was quickly determined to be a hoax by the Indians organization and MLB, and Ramirez ended up playing the entire season without serving a suspension.
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However, since the story broke Ramirez’s stats have seen a steep dropoff from the MVP caliber player he had proven to be. In fact, here is a break down of his stats since being accused, since August 15, 2018, this season, before breaking out, and during his peak:
- BEFORE BREAK OUT (2013 – 2015): .239 / .298 / .346
- PEAK (2016 – 2018:) .300 / .375 / .533
- Since being accused: .240 / .361 / .450 /
- Since August 15, 2018: .188 / .308 / .296
- THIS SEASON: .197 / .297 / .295
It is important to note that Ramirez has not to our knowledge violated MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. However, is it out of the realm of possibility that the story scared him into stopping the use of performance enhancers?
We discuss this in Episode #94 and more on the Welcome to THE SHOW podcast!
Episode #94 Contents:
(00:00) Intro – Christian Yelich on pace to hit 60+ Home runs
(12:59) Was Jose Ramirez using PEDs prior to his current slump?
(25:40) What should the Nationals do with Max Scherzer?
(38:11) Manny and CT fill out their early All-Star ballot. Do you agree with our votes?
(54:17) Kahwi Leonard or Kevin Durant – Who should the Knicks pursue in the offseason?