– Getting traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the middle of a pennant race hasn't changed third baseman Aramis Ramirez's mind about retirement.

Ramirez reiterated on Wednesday that he's ending his 18-year career after this season.

"No, no, no. I'm going home. That's it. It couldn't be any better. I'm going to be in the pennant race my last year," Ramirez said at Miller Park before the Pirates played his previous team, the Milwaukee Brewers.

Milwaukee sent Ramirez, 37, to the Pirates on July 23 for minor league pitcher Yhonathan Barrios.

He received a standing ovation after a solo homer in the ninth inning of Pittsburgh's 7-4 loss to the Brewers on Tuesday.

"Great fans here," Ramirez said.

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