Most SF Giants fans remember Ramon Ramirez from the 2010 World Series champion’s bullpen, but at 39, he’s still playing professional baseball.
Most SF Giants fans remember Javier Lopez from the team’s World Series championship runs. However, he was not the only reliever the team acquired at the MLB trade deadline in 2010. In a minor move with the Boston Red Sox, the Giants added right-handed relief pitcher Ramon Ramirez for minor-league pitcher Daniel Turpen.
Lopez would be a mainstay in the Giants bullpen for years to come, but Ramirez was a dominant reliever in 2010 as well. In the final two months of the regular season, Ramirez made 25 appearances for the Giants, completed 27 innings, and managed an exceptional 0.67 ERA. He only struck out 15 batters but allowed just 13 hits and 3 runs (2 earned).
Ramirez would go on to replicate that success for the team the following year. In his lone full season with the Giants, Ramirez managed a 2.62 ERA across 68.2 innings with 66 strikeouts. Following the season though, the Giants packaged Ramirez with center fielder Andres Torres to the New York Mets for Angel Pagan.
While Ramirez would never replicate the success he had with the Giants from 2010 to 2011 elsewhere, he would pitch for the Mets, Orioles, and even return to San Francisco over the next three years. Still, Ramirez has yet to hang up his cleats. This winter, at 39-years old, Ramirez has made 11 appearances for the Gigantes del Cibao in the Liga de Béisbol Profesional de la República Dominicana (LIDOM). He has completed 11.2 innings, struck out 11 batters, and posted a 4.63 ERA.
It’s been a long time since Ramon Ramirez pitched in an SF Giants uniform. However, over five years after he last pitched in a major-league game, Ramirez continues to play professionally in his native Dominican Republic.