Ramirez is currently in the midst of his 17th MLB season, and Wednesday marked game No. 317 in a Brewers uniform. He began his career in 1998 with the Pittsburgh Pirates and went on to play a total of 559 contests with that franchise over parts of six seasons.
His next destination was Chicago, where he remained for eight-plus campaigns with the Cubs and hit 239 of his 366 career home runs. The 36-year-old third baseman then signed with Milwaukee as a free agent in December of 2011.
With Wednesday's start, Ramirez became the 16th active player to reach the 2,000-game milestone. Out of that list, he is one of only four players who have played in that many games without making an appearance in the World Series.
Per Baseball-Reference.com, Bobby Abreu, Torii Hunter and Ichiro Suzuki are the only other active players who fit this criteria. (The fourth is Miguel Tejada, who played the last of four games this season at Double-A Jacksonville on June 4.)
Ramirez currently sits 13th on the active list in both doubles (452) and total hits (2,124). Moreover, his 366 long balls are good for 12th among active players.
Despite being in the final season of a three-year, $36 million contract, Ramirez has already announced his plans to play beyond the 2014 season, per Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Whether it be in Milwaukee or elsewhere, the career .285/.344/.499 hitter will look to continue climbing up leaderboards while attempting to cement his place in baseball history.
All stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise specified.
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