Ramirez finishes 3rd in MVP vote

Indians infielder finalist for second straight year

Ramirez finishes 3rd in MVP vote
Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor celebrates with Jose Ramirez after he hit a leadoff home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, in Toronto. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP) (Fred Thornhill)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Jose Ramirez, the Indians versatile infielder and All-Star slugger, finished 3rd in the American League MVP voting on Thursday, behind winner Mookie Betts of the Red Sox and Mike Trout of the Angels.

Ramirez, a top-three finalist for the second straight year, was on track to capture his first league MVP award, belting 39 home runs, 38 doubles, stealing 34 bases and driving in 110 runs, but his numbers dropped dramatically over the final seven weeks of the season.

Ramirez did once again show his defensive versatility, moving from third base to second base when the Indians picked up Josh Donaldson late in the season.

Betts was the runaway winner, taking 28 of the 30 first-place votes.

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