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At 33, Ramirez wants more games, not less

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Put me in coach … and leave me in there all season long.

Alexei Ramirez, the closest thing the Chicago White Sox have to an iron man, said that even though he turns 34 toward the end of the season, he has no intention of cutting back on his games played.

In 2014, Ramirez played in 158 games for the fourth consecutive season, four short of a full season.

“I feel better now than when I was young,” said Ramirez, who looked rejuvenated last year after a sub-par 2013 season. “I like to play every day. For me, I want to play 162 games.”

For those few days that Ramirez gets a break this season, the White Sox can go with Gordon Beckham or Emilio Bonifacio as a backup. Otherwise, the job belongs to Ramirez, who finished last season as a Gold Glove Award finalist.

“I was happy for the nomination, but it isn't in my hand to win or lose the award,” he said. “I hope that in the future I can get a chance again to get a nomination and maybe win the award.”

Ramirez will make $10 million in the upcoming season, with the White Sox expected to pick up his team option at some point for 2016 that will again pay him $10 million. After that, he is a free agent.

“I don't know if it's the best team or not since I’ve been here,” Ramirez said. “We're just here for the first time today. We have to work on an everyday basis and try to be the best team possible.”