Yeah, but I’m not sure zero Black-Ink is actually a stat.
As for the critics:
‘‘You can’t make everybody happy,’’ said Ramirez, who sees his old team for the first time since leaving when the Cubs play the Brewers on Saturday. ‘‘All you can ask from a player is to go out and do his job and produce and do what he’s supposed to do, and I did that. All I have to say to those guys is go out and look at the numbers, and you realize whether I did my job or not.’’
...For Ramirez, it means critics saying he didn’t care enough to give full effort on every play or every game.
‘‘You talking about Bob Brenly?’’ Ramirez said of the Cubs broadcaster and former big-league catcher who has been his most vocal critic. ‘‘I ain’t going to get into a war with Brenly or any other guy. Brenly played the game. He knows how it is. And if you want, you can put my numbers right next to his and see who did better in their career.’’
Brenly stands by his criticism, which became especially sharp last year.
‘‘Until I see him hustle for nine innings every day, I feel he’ll never be the great player he could be,’’ Brenly said Thursday. ‘‘I don’t argue his stats. They stand on their own. I guess it’s my perception of him not being as good as he could be. If he’s content to be good and not great, that’s up to him.’’