Third baseman – Aramis Ramirez
Ok, so, there will be an exception to a rule here. This team’s third baseman did play on a Pirate team that had a winning record and went to the postseason. Hell, that team won 98 games and was one of the best in franchise history. However, this came after a 12-year stretch of playing elsewhere.
So, who is manning the hot corner for this team? Aramis Ramirez.
The Dominican slugger made his MLB debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1998. He would be with the team until he was traded to their division rival Chicago Cubs in a salary dump at the 2003 trade deadline in what was arguably the worst trade in franchise history. Ramirez then returned to the Pirates at the 2015 trade deadline, before retiring at the end of the 2015 season.
After splitting time between the MLB level and Triple-A from 1998 – 2000, he started a terrific three season stretch in 2001.
From the start of the 2001 season until he was traded to the Cubs on July 23, 2003, Ramirez accumulated 1,644 plate appearances for the Pirates. Ramirez smashed 64 home runs to go with 91 doubles and a .189 ISO during this stretch.