Aramis Ramirez used to be a very high contact hitter with few walks. Between 2005-2007, he averaged a phenomenal 63 strikeouts. Yet he walked only less than 8% of the time. He always had a good average (over .300 three of the last four years) and a good-but-not-great on-base percentage (.358 over the last three years).
This year, he's become a completely different player. Still enormously valuable but a lot more like Garrett Atkins than Carlos Lee. He's already walked 25 times this year, putting him on pace for 100. He's more than doubled his walk rate. And in turn, he's striking out more. He's got 27 so far, so that would put him over 100 for the first time in his career. His average is down (about .280 at this moment), but his OBP is WAY up (.411).
Thanks to the strong Cubs lineup, he's on pace for 117 runs and 105 RBIs.
I guess I find this guy a statistical curiosity. The fact that he's having a very good season, nothing unusual, probably leads people to overlook the [i]type[/i] of season he's having. He completely changed his approach at the plate. Or did he? I guess we'll have to wait and see.