The Cleveland Indians are in first place in the AL Central with little competition in sight, sitting nine games ahead of the Minnesota Twins.
A major part of the Indians success has been Jose Ramirez's MVP-level campaign for the second straight season. Batting .298 with 32 home runs and 78 RBI, Ramirez is simply raking this season.
Being in the same category as a Hall of Famer is always a good sign, but Jim Thome is not the only Cooperstown inductee Ramirez is drawing comparisons to.
Another "Jose Ramirez is having a crazy good year" note: he shares the AL lead w/ 32 HR & is 2nd (by 1) w/ 24 SB. Only three players have ever led their lg in both in the same season: Jimmy Sheckard 1903 NL (9HR/67SB), Ty Cobb 1909 AL (9HR/76SB) & Chuck Klein 1932 NL (38HR/20SB).— (((Cory Schwartz))) (@schwartzstops) July 31, 2018
With 32 homers and 25 (not 24) stolen bases, Ramirez leads the American League in both home runs and stolen bases. The last person to lead the league in both those categories was Chuck Klein in 1932, and Ramirez is already on pace to beat Klein's numbers.
It is clear that Jose Ramirez is having an amazing season and he will have to keep that going if the Cleveland Indians are looking to make a deep run in the postseason. With teams like the Boston Red Sox looking unbeatable, it will take truly historic numbers like those of Ramirez to win a World Series.