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Aramis Ramirez: the yummiest of the Three Musketeers

Posted by Andy
Don't ask me about the title of this post. Whenever I think about Aramis Ramirez, my brain goes to the Three Musketeers, one of whom was named Aramis. The only other Musketeer to play pro ball was Athos Sada, who appeared in the minors in the 1930s. But then when I think of the Three Musketeers, I think of the candy bar.

Anyway...
Here are the third basemen to post a qualified Age 33 season with an OPS+ of at least 120:

Rk Player Year OPS+ PA G AB 2B HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS
1 Aramis Ramirez 2011 136 626 149 565 35 26 93 .306 .361 .510 .871
2 Alex Rodriguez 2009 138 535 124 444 17 30 100 .286 .402 .532 .933
3 Mike Lowell 2007 124 653 154 589 37 21 120 .324 .378 .501 .879
4 Ken Caminiti 1996 173 638 146 546 37 40 130 .326 .408 .621 1.028
5 Wade Boggs 1991 140 641 144 546 42 8 51 .332 .421 .460 .881
6 George Brett 1986 137 529 124 441 28 16 73 .290 .401 .481 .881
7 Jim Morrison 1986 121 593 154 537 35 23 88 .274 .334 .482 .816
8 Mike Schmidt 1983 156 669 154 534 16 40 109 .255 .399 .524 .923
9 Toby Harrah 1982 142 708 162 602 29 25 78 .304 .398 .490 .888
10 Graig Nettles 1978 128 662 159 587 23 27 93 .276 .343 .460 .803
11 Harmon Killebrew 1969 177 709 162 555 20 49 140 .276 .427 .584 1.011
12 Eddie Mathews 1965 125 626 156 546 23 32 95 .251 .341 .469 .810
13 Ken Boyer 1964 130 704 162 628 30 24 119 .295 .365 .489 .854
14 Don Hoak 1961 122 586 145 503 27 12 61 .298 .388 .451 .839
15 Al Smith 1961 127 602 147 532 29 28 93 .278 .348 .506 .854
16 Bob Elliott 1950 140 602 142 531 28 24 107 .305 .386 .512 .898
17 Jimmy Collins 1903 126 579 130 540 33 5 72 .296 .329 .448 .777
18 Fred Hartman 1901 120 515 120 473 23 3 89 .309 .355 .431 .786
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Generated 12/12/2011.

That's some decent company, but look at what happened to them for the rest of their careers:

Rk Player WAR/pos From To Age HR RBI Pos
1 Mike Schmidt 24.8 1984 1989 34-39 159 521 *53/6
2 Wade Boggs 19.7 1992 1999 34-41 40 377 *5/D31
3 Graig Nettles 14.0 1979 1988 34-43 146 522 *5/3D6
4 George Brett 13.8 1987 1993 34-40 108 545 *D3/5976
5 Harmon Killebrew 11.5 1970 1975 34-39 127 436 35D
6 Jimmy Collins 11.0 1904 1908 34-38 8 223 *5
7 Ken Caminiti 9.4 1997 2001 34-38 98 314 *5/3D
8 Ken Boyer 6.6 1965 1969 34-38 40 215 *5/3
9 Toby Harrah 6.2 1983 1986 34-37 26 164 45/D69
10 Alex Rodriguez 5.9 2010 2011 34-35 46 187 *5/D
11 Bob Elliott 5.4 1951 1953 34-36 34 166 *5/79
12 Eddie Mathews 5.4 1966 1968 34-36 35 118 *5/3
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 12/12/2011.

These are the only guys from the first list to post at least 5 WAR total for the rest of their careers. Ramirez signed a 3-year deal with the Brewers, taking him through his Age 36 season. Schmidt, Killebrew, and Boggs are the only guys from the initial list to post at least 10 total WAR over their Age 34-35-36 seasons.

The bottom line? Ramirez has a decent shot to be a decent player for the Brewers. They may need him to be a bit more than that if Ryan Braun is indeed suspended for the first 50 games.

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