Chicago Cubs: Aramis Ramirez, 2003-2011
Of all the players to don the blue and red, Aramis Ramirez should go down in history as one of the most clutch. Ramirez arrived by trade to the Northside in a deal which should also go down as one of the greatest ever made by Chicago.
After joining the Cubs in 2003, Ramirez enjoyed eight great seasons in the Windy City. Through his first three-plus seasons in Chicago, Ramirez slashed .298/.355/.559 with a .914 OPS. If that wasn’t enough, the big third baseman posted a .384 wOBA and 130 wRC+ in the span of 488 games encompassing 2,027 plate appearances.
One of his most significant moment as a member of the Cubs came in the 2003 NLCS versus the Florida Marlins. In Game 4, on the road with the Cubs leading the series 2-1, Ramirez smashed two home runs, including a grand slam. He finished the night with six RBI in the win.
A few years later, in 2007, Ramirez would hit one of the most still talked about home runs in history. Behind 5-4 in the bottom of the ninth inning, Ramirez tattooed a ball over the left-field bleachers to take down the Milwaukee Brewers.
It was a win bringing them to .500 and a victory which would stick in fans minds after going on to win the division later that season. Ramirez finished his Cubs career slashing .294/.356/.531 with a 126 wRC+ and 239 home runs. Ramirez will remain one of the best to ever don the blue and red.