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Infielder Alexander Ramos was known as Cuba's top ironman.

Ramos split Rookie of the Year honors in 1987-1988 in the Cuban Serie Nacional. In 1994-1995, his 100 hits for Isla de la Juventud led the Serie Nacional. He continued his dominance into the 1995 Series Selectivas, getting 72 hits for the Occidentales to pace that circuit. From 1990-1999, Ramos led all Cuban players in hits (830) and at-bats (2,388) and was second with a .348 average, behind only Omar Linares and ahead of Antonio Pacheco. Despite his success, he never won a batting title or made the Cuban national team during that decade.

In 2000-2001, he again led the league in hits, this time with 147. He made his lone national team appearance in the 2003 Pan American Games but did not even get an at-bat. He reached 1,000 consecutive games played on February 21, 2004; he easily attained the feat as he had gotten the "ironman" record over 280 games earlier.

Ramos had hit .339/.400/.452 in 18 seasons through 2003-2004. He retiredearly in 2005-2006 with his consecutive game streak intact at 1,112 games.

Through 2009, he was 5th in Cuban history in average behind Linares, former teammate Michel Enriquez, Osmani Urrutia and Yoandry Urgelles, with both Enriquez and Urgelles still active and likely to fall.

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