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Ramon Santiago: A Hall of Fame Backup in Detroit

Published by on May 27, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

The end of the 2008 season came along with the end of a contract for starting shortstop Edgar Renteria. With the Tigers having no intentions of resigning Renteria, the starting job was all but given to the long-time professional backup, Ramon Santiago.

Santiago grew up in the early 1980s, in the little town of Las Matas de Farfan, Dominican Republic.

As a backup in 2008, Santiago knocked in 18 runners in 124 plate appearances, while posting an average of .282. His defense has always been there, too, with a career .973 fielding percentage, making just three errors in 118 total chances.

Santiago had waited for this moment—his seven-year career, five with Detroit, was finally going to pay off. He would...

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