Ramon Laureano really burst onto the scene for most major league fans last season. The Oakland A’s outfielder captured the attention of baseball fans by charging the Astros’ dugout in his quest to fight hitting coach Alex Cintron, making him a beloved figure everywhere but Houston.
While that moment was enough to capture everyone’s attention, his overall game would keep those eyes on him. Laureano has become the fiery heart and soul of the team, a dynamic all around player whose stellar defense and improved offensive game have made him one of the most important players on the roster.
Although he is presently sidelined due to tightness in his groin, Laureano is in the midst of his best season in the majors. He has produced a .257/.332/.503 batting line in his 205 plate appearances, hitting 11 homers and eight doubles while stealing eight bases. He has been equally impressive in the field as well, saving seven runs in center while showing his typically impressive range.
Laureano has yet to receive any honors for his major league career. He has yet to win a Gold Glove award despite his brilliant defense, and does not have any votes for MVP in his career. While both of those may change this year, it is also time that Laureano gets some recognition for his play during the season with his first All Star Game appearance.
Ramon Laureano has been a star for the Oakland A’s. It is time that he gets his due.