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After signing a 7-year, $141 million contract extension on opening day, Cleveland Guardians’ third … [+] baseman Jose Ramirez is off to one of the best starts of his career. (AP Photo)
Jose Ramirez is a manager’s dream. He’s also very popular with his general manager, and ownership. His teammates love him, and his fans break into song every time he does something dramatic – which happens quite often – at Cleveland’s Progressive Field.
But what makes him most popular among all of the above, especially the general manager and ownership, is that Jose Ramirez likes baseball more than he likes money.
Talk about old school.
There may be no team in the majors more appreciative of an MVP-caliber player, who gets his biggest kicks from the game itself, not payday, than the Cleveland Guardians.
On opening day this year Ramirez, who was nearing the stage of his career when most of Cleveland’s star players are either traded or leave as free agents, willingly signed a vastly under-market contract extension with the financially-challenged Guardians, whose only hope of keeping Ramirez was if he was willing to accept a vastly under-market deal.
Remarkably, he was.
So he did – and he hasn’t stopped hitting since.
The contract was the biggest in Cleveland Guardians/Indians history: 7-years, $141 million. Given his resume – in three of the last five years he finished…