He’s 18th in total bases, 12th in SBs, 16th in 2Bs, 22d in RBI, 19th in runs scored, so we need to talk about him. Rafy’s best year was 1983 – he actually got votes for MVP with a .297 average and 58 rbis.
Defensively, Rafy combined pretty good range with a “hard glove.” He wound up being slightly below average as a result. Mac thinks he was worse than I do as a shortstop. The fact that he was getting votes for MVP with not really MVP stats indicates to me that he was thought of as a decent fielder.
Is he top 44? Based on career value, sure. Peak value, not so much.
Destined for the taxi squad, I fear.
At that time, any shortstop who hit nearly .300 on a contender was likely to get some MVP consideration. Ramirez’s range factors are pretty good, but as I’ve mentioned the Braves’ pitching staff was such that there’s a huge number of balls in play, mostly going to the infielders. He wasn’t a bad player exactly, but he was a C- fielder without any offensive pluses.
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