Sure, it's only spring training, but the Marlins were dismantled by the Mets Friday, 10-0. In the process, the Fish committed five errors, including two from superstar shortstop Hanley Ramirez. Starting first baseman Gaby Sanchez was none too happy afterward, and he wasn't shy about letting his feelings known, saying he was "embarrassed" by the "awful" and "terrible" play. He reportedly used those words multiple times. (SunSentinel.com )
The 27-year-old Sanchez was a rookie last season, but it's not like the Marlins are teeming with tons of experience from their everyday position players. It's possible he's ready to step into that role, after hitting .273 with a .788 OPS, 19 home runs and 85 RBI -- good enough to finish fourth in Rookie of the Year voting.
Manager Edwin Rodriguez had praised the team defense as a strength prior to the game. Afterward, he was left saying it was the team's worst game of the spring, "by far."
In fairness to the sometimes-maligned Ramirez, the Palm Beach Post reported after the game that he made no excuse for the errors, and expressed that he felt bad for making his coaches look bad.
It's one game, and a spring game at that, but it must also be nice for Marlins fans and players alike to see someone ready to step up and take a vocal leadership role in the locker room.
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