Brewers’ Ramirez says he’ll probably retire after 2015 season (Continued)

Melvin shot down the possibility of one of Milwaukee’s young shortstops — Jean Segura, Luis Sardinas or Yadiel Rivera — moving to third base in the near future. “You’d like to have a young guy,” Melvin said. “We just don’t have him right now.” Through 17 big-league seasons, Ramirez is a career .285 hitter with 369 home runs, 464 doubles and 1,342 RBI. He’s sixth all-time in home runs as a third baseman (365), just four shy of Graig Nettles for fifth place. Ramirez (2,057) is just one of 15 active players to have played in at least 2,000 major league games. “I’ve been playing professional baseball since I was 16. Now I’m 36,” Ramirez said. “I think I achieved my goal. The only thing I’m missing is winning the World Series. Other than that, I’ve done pretty good. “The goal for every major leaguer is to play 10 years and have a nice career. I’ve been here for 17 years. I’ve had a nice career. I think enough is enough.” Ramirez’s career numbers stack up with some of the best third basemen of all-time. Of the 16 third baseman in the Hall of Fame, Ramirez has more home runs than 14 of them and more doubles than 12. Since 1974, only Mike Schmidt, Chipper Jones and Adrian Beltre have more RBI as a third baseman than Ramirez’s 1,316. “He’s definitely one of the best,” Roenicke said. “Sometimes you look at it and you think if he played a couple more years he has a chance to be a Hall of Famer. Aramis’ family is very important to him. He’s had a great career. He’s set financially. For him to make a decision on what is best for his family, I think it is great for him. “I thought maybe he’d go a couple more, but I certainly get it. Talking to him and what’s important to him, I understand.” While he’s always said he won’t admire his career numbers until he’s retired, Ramirez has had a hard time avoiding such talk among family members and friends. “They even pull out Hall of Fame numbers from third baseman and tell me I have better numbers,” Ramirez said. “I don’t really pay attention to that. I have one more year here and I want to focus on that. “I’m going to try to enjoy it as much as I can because — you can never say never, but I don’t see myself playing next year.” Story by Andrew Gruman


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