Off-the-field issues have likely contributed to the poor season had by shortstop Alexei Ramirez, manager Robin Ventura said on Wednesday.
Ramirez committed three more errors in Tuesday night’s victory and has made 20 this season, which matches his career high. Ventura said Ramirez has dealt with non-baseball issues this season and those could have contributed.
Ramirez left the team in spring training for several days after his father-in-law passed away unexpectedly.
Because of the plays he sees Ramirez still making, Ventura doesn’t believe the veteran’s capabilities haven’t slowed down.
“He has a lot of other stuff going on,” Ventura said. “It’s tough to deal with at times. That’s stuff that’s off the field. It’s hard to have him separate those two at times. I don’t see this repeating itself.”
Ramirez leads the White Sox with 138 hits this season and is second on the club with 25 steals.
He still has made a variety of dazzling plays in the field, which helps to offset his errors.
Ramirez’s Ultimate Zone Rating -- a defensive metric that measures how many runs he saves compared the average player -- is 5.5, which is good for eighth among regular shortstops, per fangraphs.com.
Of the 57 shortstops with more than 100 innings this season, Ramirez is rated fourth in range. His 20 errors are the second most in the majors by any position player.
“Some are different little hops and plays,” Ventura said. “We know he’s better than that so there are times when there are some tough plays. He makes the really difficult plays. When he doesn’t make those it surprises you.”