His team didn’t get the win Wednesday but Alexei Ramirez has several consolation prizes after he established a White Sox record.
Ramirez singled in four at-bats to move past veteran teammate Paul Konerko’s club record for hits before May 1 with his 40th of the season. Shortly after the White Sox lost 5-1 to the Detroit Tigers, Ramirez had the record-breaking ball and the game’s lineup card at his stall in the clubhouse after he surpassed Konerko’s 39-hit effort from April 2002.
Normally a cool bat in April, Ramirez said Konerko also offered him congratulations in the dugout for his hot start.
“I think it’s been one of my best starts,” Ramirez said through the team’s manager of cultural development, Lino Diaz. “I give credit to the work I’ve done so it’s a great thing.”
Ramirez has been on fire since the season began. He established a franchise-record with a 17-game hitting streak to start the season, moving past 2014 Hall of Fame inductee Frank Thomas’ previous mark.
Ramirez also finished April with a .351/.375/.535 slash line with four home runs and 19 RBIs. His .910 OPS is well above his .654 career mark for April and his early play prompted Konerko to say Tuesday he believes the shortstop is in for the best season of his career.
“There’s no telling what he can do,” Konerko said. “It’s good to see. I don’t want to tell him, but he’s going to get 200 hits this year. I don’t know if he’s ever done that.”