Aramis Ramirez 'surprised' by criticism

Aramis Ramirez and his agent said they were "surprised" by the critical comments Chicago Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly made about the third baseman on Wednesday.

Brenly said on ESPN 1000's "Waddle and Silvy" show that it was probably best for the Cubs if Ramirez moved on next year and that he was not a good clutch hitter in 2011.

"This is the first negative thing that I've heard from anybody about my ability to produce on the baseball field," Ramirez told ESPNChicago.com from his home in the Dominican Republic. "This is the first time in eight and a half years in Chicago I've heard that. Everyone during my time with the Cubs has been great to me. And the fans are the best there, they supported me and the other players when we were good and when we were bad. But I'm surprised that Bob would say those things now."

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