Top Ten Pirates of the PNC Park Era: #7 Aramis Ramirez

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Before being salary-dumped to the Chicago Cubs, Aramis Ramirez held down the hot corner for the Pirates for six seasons.  His first full season wasn’t until 2001, but it was a big one.  A-Ram slammed 34 homers and knocked in 112 runs while hitting .300 in 158 games.  His tremendous 2001 campaign is the main reason he’s on this list.  He followed up his monster season with a fairly disappointing year, but bounced back in 2003.  He nearly matched his 2002 numbers in the first half of 2003 and was traded, along with Kenny Lofton, to the Cubs in late July.  The Pirates received Bobby Hill, Jose Hernandez, and a minor leaguer in return, which resulted in a very lopsided trade.  A-Ram went on to have a successful stint on the North Side of Chicago and stayed in the NL Central when he signed with the Brewers in 2012.  Ramirez has probably been the best third baseman for the Bucs in the PNC Park era, despite just two full years with the team.  He’s gone on to be one of the more consistent third baggers in the NL, and is still producing at the plate.

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