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1. The wild and woolly AL MVP race
With their 22nd straight win Thursday night, the Cleveland Lindors set a new record for the longest uninterrupted winning streak in major league history. With that historic team success, plus a breakout season of his own, Jose Ramirez has thrust himself into the discussion for AL Most Valuable Player honors.
His resume’s a pretty strong one. In a year that’s threatening to topple all-time records for both home runs and strikeouts, Ramirez has been masterful at slashing balls into play. He’s hammered 48 doubles, leading all of baseball. He’s an extreme contact hitter, striking out less than 11 percent of the time, the fourth-lowest rate in the majors. His gap power, speed, and baserunning derring-do also make him the most likely player in baseball to have his helmet fly off when he’s in full stride.
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