From Colombia on Monday night, Harold Ramirez hit his first home run of the season, as his team swept a doubleheader. Ramirez was in a slump since the All-Star break, seeing his average drop over 50 points in an eight game stretch. His team however, is in first place with a four game lead and just seven games left in the season. If his team finishes in first place, they will get a first round bye in the playoffs, as the second and third place teams play a best-of-five series to determine their opponent.
Harold Ramirez connected on his first Winter home run (Photo Credit: David Hague)
The schedule will be light for the next few days. The Dominican League is off until Thursday, as well as the Venezuelan League, which starts it's playoffs tomorrow night(see below). Puerto Rico starts their playoffs on Friday night. The leagues in Australia and Colombia also resume play on Thursday, though both are still playing their regular season schedule.
Playoffs in Venezuela
The Venezuelan Le...
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.