Ramirez hoping to earn Gold Glove consideration
April, 19, 2012
By Bruce Levine
AP Photo/Nam Y. HuhTBDChicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez, at the age of 30, appears ready to step up to Gold Glove status .
"He has a lot of range. He has good hands," Robin Ventura said. "I don't do the voting, but I like him as my shortstop."
Although Ramirez has had some lapses on defense, he has continued to make the big inning-ending play on a regular basis.
"He can do a lot of things, go up the middle, go into the hole. He makes a lot of tough plays for you," Ventura said.
Ramirez has one error on the season after committing 16 last season, which was down from 20 the previous two seasons.
The coaching staff has worked with Ramirez on blocking throws from the catcher which had been considered a weakness for him in the past.
"There have been parts (of his game ) that we wanted to clean up and he has been receptive to it," Ventura said. "He has worked at it and has done everything we have asked him to do."
The key to a Gold Glove season is a little better concentration on the routine play, something that usually comes through repetition and experience.
"The biggest thing for me is that if I am not having a good day offensively that on defense I am doing my part," Ramirez said through a team translator.
He was asked if he would rather win the Silver Slugger or Gold Glove.
"I would love to win both, they are both important, so I want to win both," he said.
Many baseball people think that Troy Tulowitski and Alcides Escobar are the best defensive shortstops in the game, but Ramirez is starting to gain some attention.
"Range-wise he covers as much ground as any shortstop in the game," a National League scout said. "The difference will be if he can make the easy play more consistently."
"Sometimes the Gold Glove goes to the best hitter at that position and not the guy who is the best defender."
Ramirez hopes to get more recognition for his defensive prowess.
"Little by little I notice my name is being mentioned more," Ramirez said. "That is great to hear as I get better at it, so it is good to know I am getting recognized as the years go by. "