MILWAUKEE Aramis Ramirez is not known for getting out of the gates quickly.
In his 15 seasons of major league service, Ramirez has held a .300 batting average just three times before June 1st. He's had multiple years -- three to be exact -- that began with an average under .200 in the season's first month. April is also Ramirez's worst month in his career in terms of on-base percentage (.328), OPS (.779), RBI (163), and total bases (466).
And when this season began -- his first in Milwaukee -- Ramirez was moving at a similar snail's pace in the box score. Through April, the Brewers' new third baseman and clean-up replacement for Prince Fielder was batting just .214 with two home runs and 10 RBI. Even by June 1st, Ramirez's numbers weren't all that impressive with a 162-game pace that would've seen his statistics fall somewhere around .246-18 home runs -- 104 RBI.
But that's what makes the last two and a half months of Ramirez's season all the remarkable. Midway through August, h...